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.

Audi has just dropped the facelift version of the A5 coupe onto the market and tuners already started to show interest for the car. One of the first is the German tuner Rieger who comes with a pretty cool aerodynamic package that wants to make the A5 looking a little bit more like the RS5 .

There’s a pretty big difference between how the A5 and the RS5 look, so filling that gap can be pretty difficult. But it seems that Rieger has found a pretty cool solution to do that. Their exterior package begins with a complete front bumper fascia, a lower carbon fiber spoiler, new side skirts and a a rear-skirt-extension that includes the original RS5 tail pipes.

The upgrade package continues with new H&R sport springs, a new brake system borrowed from the RS5 and of course a new set of 21" Corniche Challenge wrapped in Dunlop Sport Maxx GT tires.

When Audi’s 2012 lineup was revealed, there were very little changes made to the car’s overall look. Aside from a few tweaks here and there, Audi’s main concern for the new model year S5 was the downsizing of the engine, from an eight cylinder to a 333 HP 3.0-liter V6 TFSI powerplant that produces less horsepower than its predecessor. German tuner, Eibach, didn’t have a problem with that as the V6 provided equal performance numbers to the 2011 model while also improving the car’s efficiency rating. What they did have a problem with, however, was the car’s handling, so they decided to generate more power with an optimum suspension set-up themed "Inspired by motorsport – Performance for the road."

This new suspension system is composed of Pro-Kit Performance Springs and specially adapted mono-tube gas pressure shock absorbers from Bilstein. The best part of this new system is that it offers a slightly lowered center of gravity that makes the car look even more like the Audi A5 DTM version.

The "Inspired by motorsport – Performance for the road" theme is extended to the exterior of the vehicle with a cool white finish combined with red graphics. Eibach also provided three different wheel options: Show & Shine for representative purposes, Performance for everyday use, and High Performance for the racetrack.

Audi’s auto racing influence is felt in a number of racing series all over the world. And while they don’t count themselves as part of the Formula One grid, the German automaker’s presence in the touring car series is unmistakable.

For the 2012 season, Audi is bringing a pretty snazzy race-tuned sports car to Italy’s version of touring car racing, called the Superstars Series. Similar to the UK’s British Touring Car Championship, the Superstars Series is made up of a grid that features a plethora of automakers, Audi being one of them.

Looking to return to past glory that saw them cop the 2007 Driver’s title and the 2008 Drivers and Constructors titles, Audi will be bringing a race-tuned model of the Audi RS5 back to the series. This model has been carefully fitted with an aggressive aerodynamic body - the intimidating grilles are a sight to behold - and a V8-powered engine that produces a mighty 450 horsepower.

All in all, three RS5 models will comprise the 2012 Superstars Series grid, including one from German tuner MTM, one from Audi Sport Italia, and one from Swedish team KMS.

Noted German tuner, Senner Tuning, has released their new program for the new Audi S5 , adding a highly appreciated tuning program for Audi’s resident sports coupe.

In line with what Audi did to the face-lifted S5 Coupe - some styling tweaks and the addition of a new 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine that produces 333 horsepower - Senner Tuning’s new package takes all those new elements and ratchets them up a notch.

The exterior program for the S5 Coupe includes plenty of new carbon fiber components, highlighted by carbon fiber side skirts, carbon fiber mirror caps, a rear carbon fender skirt insert, and a rear spoiler flap. Another unique feature of the program are the set of 20" red Work Varianza T1S wheels wrapped in 245/30R20 and 295/25R20 tires. Rounding out the exterior program is a complete coilover kit from KW (Variant 3) with adjustable rebound and compression settings.

Inside, Senner dressed the S5 Coupe with a classic black and red leather trim complete with carbon inserts. There’s also a carbon steering wheel, a Race Ring from an Audi R8 that sits in front of the driver, and a set of light-up RS5 door handles.

The real highlight of Senner Tuning’s program involves the engine upgrade, which includes the addition of a new sports air filter, a custom exhaust system, and an updated ECU unit. All that added, Senner was able to bump up the output from the S5’s 3.0-liter V6 TFSI engine from 333 ponies and 324 lb/ft of torque to 377 horsepower and 369 lb/ft of torque.

UPDATE 08/21/12: Senner Tuning has a new batch of photos for their program on the S5 Coupe. You can look them all up by clicking on the gallery below!

Audi RS5 Cabriolet

After first seeing patent drawings of the upcoming Audi RS5 Convertible , the car has finally been caught testing around the Nürburgring race track. The spy images reveal a bigger front spoiler,bigger brakes and wider fenders. At the back, however, it’s still S5 business as usual, with narrower rear fenders and S-type quad exhaust pipes. The model will also get new LED lights, a larger diffuser, and a rear spoiler that extends automatically at 74.56 mph.

As with the coupe version , the convertible version will use a standard 4.2 liter V8 engine with 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 4.6 seconds, while top speed will be limited to 155 mph. The top speed can be increased to more than 170 mph upon request.

The 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show brought out plenty of tuning upgrades to quench our thirst for the new and improved. Among those projects is Senner Tuning’s take on Audi’s refreshed sports coupe, the S5 Coupe .

The Audi S5 by Senner Tuning comes bearing 445 HP under the hood, getting customers very close to the most powerful model in the A5 line-up: the RS5 (450 HP). That’s an amazing increase over the car’s standard 333 HP. For the 3.0-liter TFSI’s engine upgrade, the tuner has combined software optimization with a new exhaust system and an enlarged pipe diameter.

With that kind of power hidden under the hood, who needs exterior modifications, right? Senner Tuning hasn’t completely ignored the sports coupe’s look, donning the exterior with a matte black glitter finish with bright borders and a new set of 20" wheels painted in Diamante Black Polish. The sultry, sparkly look gets magnified by a height adjustment of 40mm on the front axle and 35mm on the rear axle. The interior is only briefly ignored, with the addition of carbon fiber insertions.

Two months after checking out the A5 DTM concept , Audi has whipped out the production model at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Codenamed the "R17," the A5 DTM replaced the old A4 DTM and is scheduled for homologation on March 1, 2012. Until then, engineers will be busy putting it to some extreme testing.

The A5 DTM is 5.01 meters long, 1.95 meters wide, and 1.15 meters low, and is completely made in carbon fiber. It is powered by a V8 engine mated to six-speed transmission, now pneumatically operated using paddle shifters in the steering wheel. The shifting events are more precise compared with conventional manual gearshifts and allow the mileage of the unit to be quadrupled to up to 24,000 kilometers. The whole setup delivers a total of 460 HP. The race car has also received a safety fuel tank with a capacity of 120 liters integrated with the carbon fiber cell of the Audi A5 DTM that allows the current distance of a DTM race to be covered without a refueling stop.

"In the past, Audi has had very innovative solutions particularly in the area of aerodynamics in the DTM," says Dr. Martin Mühlmeier, Head of Engineering at Audi Sport. "Since these areas have been subjected to severe restrictions good detailed solutions will now be crucial to achieving advantages over the competition."

Updated 03/21/2012: Audi Motorsport has unveiled today the first images of the new A5 DTM wearing its racing livery. Next to the official car tested at Valencia, four new Audi A5 DTM cars will be on track sporting their final outfits for the first time. Hit the jump for a full list of the Audi teams in the 2012 DTM.

When a tuning firm comes up with a winning package for a certain vehicle, chances are they will reinvent that package several times to get the most bang for their buck. This is exactly what Project Kahn is doing with the Audi A5 . Back in March 2011, the British tuner revealed their first tuning package for Audi’s little coupe, bringing out a pearl white paint job and a few accessories to sharpen the car’s look. Now, Project Kahn is building from that package with a second kit for the A5. This time, the Audi is pulling off a matte pearl gray exterior, but some accessories from the previous package still appear.

Aside from the matte pearl gray paint job, the exterior of the vehicle gets spruced up with new front and rear vented bumpers reminiscent of an R8 , as well as a rear spoiler and a stainless steel sports quad exhaust system. The exterior package is completed by a new set of 21-inch RSX matte black lightweight wheels combined with a lowered sports suspension.

Other features provided by Project Kahn for the Audi A5 include Billet Steel detailing, Kahn-branded aluminum pedals, Kahn colored speed and rev counter dials, and a Kahn tinted privacy glass. These are followed up with more conventional upgrades such as heated electric front seats, auto-dimming rear view mirror, red calipers, cruise control, and the Audi parking system.

According to Project Kahn, this particular tuning project is available for a special price of £21,875, or about $35,000 at the current rates. Since the Audi A5 is currently selling for a starting price of $36,000, this sounds like a deal.

The A5 is among the first models in Audi’s plan to expand its line-up to 35 models by 2015. While the coupe version was launched in 2007, the Convertible followed in 2009 in both A5 and S5 versions. The A5 Cabriolet came as a replacement for the A4 Cabriolet, but it was more elegant and dynamic than the model it replaced. Now, the 2012 Audi Cabriolet is getting freshened up with a more dynamic design, improved engines, a brand new 1.8 TFSI four cylinder engine, quattro drive, and an infotainment system.

The 2012 A5 is being offered with both FSI and TDI engines combined to either a six-speed manual gearbox or the multitronic continuously variable transmission, but the biggest news for the 2012 MY is the addition of the new 1.8 TFSI four cylinder engine. This new engine will deliver a monumental fuel efficiency of 41 mpg, compared to the combined 25mpg of the 2.0 TFSI from last year. The full engine range is still available for customers wanting to dance between power and fuel efficiency, but now the options have just become a bit greener.

Hit the jump to get more details on the 2009-2012 Audi A5 Convertible.

For the 2012 DTM racing series, Audi will be replacing the current A4 DTM with a brand new A5 . The car is known as the R17 and comes with a high-strength carbon-fiber monocoque that is combined with a steel tube cage. For the sidewalls, Audi has used a hybrid design with a carbon, Zylon and Rohacell construction. This construction will provide maximum security in case of side impact.

The A5 DTM is powered by a V8 engine that delivers a total of 460 HP - the same engine found in the A4 DTM it replaces. The engine will be mated to a six-speed transmission. Characteristic features of the 2012-generation of DTM vehicles are a larger rear wing and a reduction of the permitted aerodynamics components.

The Audi A5 DTM will make its world debut in September at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. The first prototype of the R17 is currently being built up at Audi Sport in Ingolstadt.

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