Audi A5

Audi A5

  The Audi A5 is a full size luxury sport back model that was introduced in 2008 just above the A4 sedan in the German automaker's lineup, aimed at competing head to head with the BMW 3 Series coupe and convertible by replacing the A4 Cabriolet. The A5 comes equipped with everything from a 180 HP 2.0 Liter TFSI motor to a 333 HP supercharged V6. Meanwhile the top of the line S5 features distinct bold bodywork and is powered by a 4.2 Liter FSI V8 making 349 HP and 325 lb-ft of torque. Rumors suggest that Audi is working on a very tantalizing RS5 making over 450 HP.

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The all-conquering Audi RS5 storms into 2014 with a few detail tweaks that enhance what is already the most extreme four-seat performance car the brand makes. The car packs some changes to the honeycomb grille’s color options and a handful of other refinements like redesigned LED optics out back and adaptive cruise inside.

The RS5 is so hardcore macho that it makes the R8 4.2 seem like a posh cruiser. The engine literally thunder-claps up its rev range in seconds with a bassy baritone from the front and a bellowing growl from the giant exhaust out back.

Audi’s two layers of performance upgrades mean that RS5 can be laser focused on delivering crushing acceleration and track performance at the expense of touring comfort. The increase in drama from the Audi S5 to the RS5 is akin to the C63 AMG versus the C63 AMG Black Series .

Next summer’s new M4 coupe will likely pack all the visual drama and matte paint options of the latest M6 GranCoupe and possibly even run a tri-turbo six-cylinder engine design for the first time. So, the RS6 may find itself fending off a new competitor in about a year’s time.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Audi RS5 coupe with highlights on cool performance options and the new-for-2014 features.

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Launched on the market in 2008, the A5 Coupe received its first facelift for the 2012 model year. For 2014, Audi decided to improve the A5 even further by boosting the engine’s output level by 9 horsepower.

Additional updates for the 2014 model year will include the availability of the Premium Plus packages as a standalone option, while the S-Line exterior package will be offered for all the A5 Prestige models. The S line competition package will continue to be offered on Premium Plus and Prestige A5 coupe, while a Black Optic package and new 19-inch Titanium Rotor wheels will be offered as an option.

Everything else will remain unchanged on the model, including the new front fascia, bumper and headlamp design revealed on the 2013 model year.

The 2014 Audi A5 will be offered in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige, with prices ranging from $39,000 to $49,400.

Updated 07/02/2014: Audi today announced a series of updates and the prices for the 2015 A5 Coupe which is now available for order. Updates include more standard equipments and some new packages.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi A5 Coupe.

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Back when Audi was planning the RS5 , they promised us a convertible model. Now that the RS5 is alive, well, and leading the British cops on its fastest chase ever, we are anxiously awaiting the RS5 Cabriolet. While there is some time to wait, Audi is at least gracing us with all of the RS5 Cabriolet’s ins and outs.

As you can expect, the Cabriolet takes most of its queues from the hardtop model, but is does have its own little styling differences – besides the rag top, of course. With fierce competition coming from BMW and Mercedes , how well can this newcomer in the performance convertible realm really do? We’re going to into all of the specifications and features that Audi has graced us with and give you a full review of what to expect from this new model.

UPDATE 06/05/2013: Audi unveiled a new video showing the RS5 Cabriolet in action through the impressive landscape of Mallorca. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read the full review and see how it stacks up to the competition.

If looks could kill, then we don’t want any part of this Audi RS5 in our crosshairs.

Those red headlights alone are enough to make us twitch in fear, but for aftermarket company OSS Designs, this build, which it described as a "pissed off stormtrooper," is one it hit completely out of the park.

OSS Designs had some help from Vossen Wheels, but for the most part, this RS5 Coupe had the imprint of OSS through and through.

In itself, the RS5 already looks and performs like a tried-and-true sports coupe, complete with the pedigree of being built by one of the industry’s preeminent automakers in Audi .

But just like every car, there’s always room for some aesthetic and aerodynamic improvements. OSS proved as much with this bodykit that will clearly attract some serious attention from owners of the Audi sports car.

Heck, if we had one of our own, we wouldn’t mind getting this kit installed on it.

Click past the jump to read more about OSS Design’s program for the Audi RS5

Source: OSS Designs

With DTM racing returning to Russia for the first time in 30 years, German automaker and perennial contender, Audi, recently brought their racing maven all the way to the Red Square.

The unveiling of the Audi A5 DTM at the Russian capital comes six months before the inaugural race for the most internationally-recognized Touring Car series kicks off at the Moscow Speedway. Guess the Four Rings is trying to get a head on scoring some Russian fans before the Moscow stage of the DTM calendar descends on the Russian capital this coming August.

Two-time champion, Mattias Ekstrom, and 2012 double race winner, Edoardo Mortara, were on hand to present the A5 DTM itself. Built with a CFRP monocoque with an integrated fuel tank and plenty of crash elements, the 2013 A5 DTM was built and designed to bring out the ultimate DTM race car.

And with a 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 460 horsepower and mates to a six-speed sequential gearbox, the A5 DTM is far from a slouch, matched only by superior handling credentials in the form of an independent front and rear suspension with double wishbones, a pushrod system with spring/damper unit, and adjustable gas pressure dampers.

To handle that kind of power with the rigors of racing, Audi fitted the A5 DTM with a set of 18-inch forged-aluminum wheels wrapped in Hankook tires and backed by a hydraulic dual circuit brake system with light-alloy monobloc brake calipers, and ventilated front and rear carbon-fiber brake discs.

Suffice to say, the new A5 DTM is ready for some DTM action in the Motherland.

Click past the jump to read the full specs on the A5 DTM and Audi’s press release

Audi A5 Sportback was been unveiled in 2010 and no other updates have been announced since then, except for a minor facelift in 2012. Lucky us, we have tons of tuners that have showed interest in the A5 and we can update the look and the output of the sports coupe. The latest kit we have comes from ABT Sportline and fits any A5 Sportback with a build date of November 2011 and later.

The tuner started by adding a new aerodynamic package that includes a new front lip spoiler, fender vents, and a new rear skirt. There is also a new exhaust system with four end pipes and a new set of wheels, sized 19 or 20 inches, depending on the customer’s wishes. Unfortunately, ABT does not list a price for these upgrades.

The biggest updates however, will be made under the hood. In here the tuner is offering updates for every possible engine, so no matter what car you drive - petrol or diesel variant - you can significantly improve the performance of your A5.

The updates will start with the base 1.8 TFSI engine which will be increased from the standard 170 horsepower up to a total of 211 horsepower for only €1,949 ($2,596 at the current exchange rates). Next, there is the 2.0 TFSI, which jumps from the 211 to 270 horsepower – this upgrade comes in at a grand total of €2,349 ($3,129).For the 3.0 TFSI, the output goes from the standard 272 horsepower up to an impressive 380 horsepower at the tune of €3,419 ($4,555). Diesel fans can increase their standard 2.0 TDI version from the standard 177 to 205 horsepower and the 3.0 TDI version goes from 245 to 300 horsepower for a price of €1,949 ($2,596) and €2,849 ($3,795), respectively.

In order to support the extra power, the tuner is also suggesting a new sports coilover system which can lower the car’s ride by 50 millimeters (1.96 inches). Additionally, ABT offers up some extra stopping power with its performance front brakes that include 345 x 30 mm (13.58- x 1.18-inch) discs, flexible steel lines and upgraded calipers. Just like the exterior upgrades, ABT does not offer up a price on the suspension and braking components just yet.

You can purchase the entire kit at ABT’s website and we’re pretty sure you’ll get a nice discount for purchasing all of the components at once.

Not one to be left out of all the fun at the 2012 Essen Motor Show , ABT Sportsline decided to join in on all the festivities by bringing a number of aftermarket programs, including one for the Audi A5 Coupe .

Visually, the AS5 Coupe is treated to a host of new aerodynamic components, which add a sportier look to the car and provide enhanced performance capabilities. From the front lip spoiler to the side skirts, the fender inserts, the rear skirt, the rear spoiler and the quad-pipe exhaust system, each of these new components are fitted to the AS5 with the goal of giving the sports car an edgier look and feel to it. Add the lowered suspension springs, coil-over kit and a set of CR or DR alloy wheels, and you have a sports coupe that’s primed and ready to throw down against the field.

At the heart of ABT Sportsline’s modification program is the series of performance enhancements given to the entire engine lineup. For starters, the 1.8-liter TFSI model received an output boost to 211 horsepower — up from the 170 ponies the model carried in standard guise. Then there’s the 2.0 TFSI, which sees its output rise from 211 horsepower all the way up to 270 horsepower.

Not one to be left out in the cold, the AS5 2.0-liter Turbodiesel also got into the mix, as is receives a power bump from 177 horsepower to 205 horsepower. The 3.0-liter diesel variant rounds out the diesel engines by jumping from its standard 245 horsepower to a more thrilling 300 horsepower.

Finally, the most powerful AS5 of them all… The 3.0-liter gasoline engine, now packs a whopping 380 horsepower, a stout 108-horsepower increase from the standard 272 ponies.

This isn’t the first time Senner Tuning has turned their attention to modifying the Audi S5 , but their newest package is probably the most impressive one to date. This package was developed for the facelift Audi S5 and has been designed to provide it with the flagship RS5 model’s look.

Painted in a very cool ibis-white, the S5 by Senner has received a new front spoiler that maintains the original RS5 air intakes, an original black RS5 radiator grille, an RS5-style rear spoiler, a rear window spoiler, a restrained boot lid spoiler, and an RS5 exhaust pipe end covers. The package also includes numerous elements made of carbon fiber like the side skirts and the exterior mirrors. Senner has also installed a new set of Work VS-XX light-alloy wheels, sized 9x20 inch up front and 10.5x20 inch at the rear.

Under the hood, the tuner has updated the standard 3.0 liter V6 engine to deliver an impressive 429 HP and 369 lb-ft of torque (up from the standard 329 HP and 324 lb-ft). In order to deliver the extra power, the tuner installed a mechanically-driven supercharger, a performance racing air filter, a two-part motor cover, and a power converter.

For the interior, the tuner added colorful bicolor fine Nappa leather trim in black and magma-red with contrasting color stitching and an Audi R8 sports steering wheel, flattened at the bottom, with shift paddles and a race ring, as well as RS5 door handles.

Customers who are interested in buying the Audi S5 package by Senner Tuning will have to pay a total of 69,990 euro, or about $89,000 at the current exchange rates.

This year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is finally just around the corner after being canceled because of the Waldo Canyon wildfire in Colorado Springs. With the race taking place in the next week - August 12th to be exact - Audi is now announcing their presence at the climb with a teaser image of their competition vehicle, the RS5 .

All we have for now is this teaser image revealed by Audi on their Facebook page, but details surrounding the racer should be revealed next week when it begins its ascent. Audi previously announced that Walter Rohl would return to Pikes Peak as the driver of the the original Sport Quattro S1 he raced to victory a quarter of a century ago. They even released a video of the car’s preparations, meaning Audi could have two vehicles competing.

More details on this Audi RS5 Pikes Peak will be unveiled next week, so stay tuned!

UPDATE 08/10/2012: After delivering the first teaser image the other day, Audi has now unveiled the first official images of the RS5 which will climb Pikes Peak next week. These images also come with the announcement that Audi will team up with Ducati at Pikes Peak to celebrate their common heritage at this iconic mountain.

Audi RS5 Cabriolet

Today is Power Convertible Day at the Nürburgring. Earlier, we introduced spy shots of the upcoming Lexus IS-F Convertible , and now we have another set of photos, this time of the Audi RS5 Convertible during its own testing on the ’Ring.

The strange thing is that - unlike the previous prototypes caught testing - this vehicle is wearing heavy camouflage leading us to believe that there will be some minor tweaks on the exterior which Audi wants to keep a secret.

Just like the coupe version , the RS5 Convertible will be powered by a 4.2 liter V8 engine delivering a total of 450 HP at 8,250 rpm and a peak torque of 317.15 lb-ft available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in 4.7 - 4.8 seconds - because the convertible version will be bit heavier when compared to the coupe, but top speed will still come limited to 155 mph.

Expect to see the new Audi RS5 Convertible launched by the end of the year.

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