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.

The Audi A5 S-line is not only classy, but sporty as well, and that type of combination is something that many consumers hunt for in the process of locating the perfect car for their lifestyle. Find that perfect classy/sporty car and the only thing left to do is find the perfect tuner to jazz it up even further. The latest customization package to claim a classier upgrade for the A5 S-line is JMS and Senner Tuning. These two tuners have joined together to come up with that perfect package. Did they succeed? Read on to make that decision yourself.

The new body kit for the A5 includes a new front lip that extends to the sides of the bumper for € 269, a sporty rear apron for € 269, and a Senner 4-pipe exhaust system with oval tailpipes for € 1090. These exterior additions can be attached to all three of the A5 S-line models (Convertible, Coupe, and Sportback).

The whole package is finished by an upgraded coilover suspension from KW priced at 1,319 euro and a set of 20 inch custom design rims wrapped in 245/30-20 tires priced at 5,500 Euro.

And, unfortunately, that is where the package ends. There is no power upgrade from JMS and Senner Tuning to boost the Audi to the next level. We have to say, without a power upgrade, the package just feels incomplete. If we go back and check out the Audi AS5 Sportback by ABT , we’d find a much more suitable package. We understand that the package from ABT is just for the Sportback, but it’s still a better pick. We’d hold off on purchasing this package until other tuners take the opportunity to provide a real package for the S-Line.

Our buddies over at GT Spirit were able to take the ABT Sportsline-tuned Audi AS5-R out for a run in Dubai recently. There’s not a whole lot going on because we didn’t actually see the car’s full exterior and because GT Spirit isn’t divulging further details surrounding their city excursion in Dubai on-board the AS5-R.

On a separate note, is it too far-fetched to say that the Middle East, particularly the Dubai-Abu Dhabi region, has become the exotic car capital of the world? It’s beginning to look like it. What it is not currently looking like is a place for morons to take their thrill-seeking personalities out for a spin on the public roads.

Remember thosetwo hooners that used the Sheik Zayed Road in Dubai as their own personal playground? Well, it looks like the local Dubai police weren’t exactly pleased with the antics of the two, arresting them and impounding the Nissan Patrol and Toyota pick-up that were used in their public display of hoonage. The two thrill-seekers are currently facing charges and could very well be facing three years in prison for their reckless - yet highly entertaining - stunt.

Note to everyone out there. Hooning isn’t exactly against the law provided you do it in the right setting. Race tracks are a good place to do it. Public highways? Not so much.

Source: GT Spirit

Motor Trend knows how to make the ultimate throw-down among rival manufacturers: pit them against each other in a good ol’ fashion fatal four-way Topless Drag Race!

For this event, MT brought together an Audi A5 , a BMW 335i , a Lexus IS350 , and an Infiniti G37 – all of which, incidentally, are convertibles. It’s the showdown of showdowns to determine which top-down machine takes home the coveted bragging rights for winning Motor Trend’s special Topless Drag Race.

We’d spoil you the result of the race but where’s the suspense in that? But just so you won’t get caught off-guard, we’ll give you a little teaser of what to expect – or not to expect, for that matter.

It’s not the kind of drag race you’re accustomed to seeing.

Source: Motor Trend
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When the luxurious four ringed German automaker introduced the all new Audi A5 complete with sleek styling and a sporty fastback coupe character thanks to its stretched mid section and its elongated lines the world took notice. So it was only a matter of time before they decided to drop the top and come up with the most attractive Audi Cabriolet of all time. The new Audi A5 Audi A5 Cabriolet was such a good new car design; featuring the fastest folding rag top in its segment, taking only 15 seconds to be stowed away and can even operate at speeds of up to 30 MPH, and not to mention that the Audi Acoustic Roof technology gives the new A5 Cabriolet interior noise levels on par with a hard top. That the folks back in the motherland decided to effectively use it to replace the smaller A4 based convertible, for good.

The model we were fortunate enough to become familiar with was a well equipped Ibis White 2010 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI FWD Multitronic Cabriolet set off by a Brown Roof and slightly sweeter Cinnamon brown interior. The combination of Xenon charged headlamps and LED driving lights and rear clusters ensured that we would clearly see the road ahead as well as being seen by everyone around us. On the inside we enjoyed such creature as Bluetooth hands free connectivity while sitting snugly inside the ventilated and heated sport buckets wrapped in perforated milano leather and get a little extra help from the large colorful LCD navigation display with built in back up camera that also controls the Audi Multi Media Interface (MMI).

Powered by a combination of forward thinking and fuel efficient turbocharging and direct injection, the 2.0 Liter TFSI four cylinder produced a total of 211 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque being routed to the 18 inch 15 spoke rollers via Audi’s FrontTrak front wheel drive Multitronic CVT transaxle to a top speed of 130 MPH while returning an estimated 23 MPG in the city and as much as 30 MPG on the highway all starting at $42,000 and climbing up to a nicely equipped $51,525.

Unveiled back in 2008, Audi’s stylish full size luxury sport back A5 has undergone a few mechanical changes for the 2010 model year. However the A5’s styling keeps the classic coupe like proportions that come from the long hood and short rear deck lid combined with a low slung sweeping roof line. The interior of the A5 includes Audi’s three dimensional driver oriented cockpit to make owners feel a bit more sport when behind the wheel. The 2010 Audi A5 will be offered in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. The Audi MMI infotainment system, which is now in its third generation, is offered for all A5’s equipped with navigation while the Premium Plus and Prestige models are further distinguished by a set of LED tail lights.

As far as the changes are concerned, the fuel efficient 2.0 TFSI power plant is now available with either a manual or Tiptronic transmission and the German automaker is permanently removing the clutch pedal from all 3.2 FSI powered all wheel drive Quattro models. Either way, the turbocharged four cylinder is good for 211 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque while the larger 3.2 liter V6 produces 265 HP and 243 lb-ft of thrust.

Full details after the jump.

Ordinarily, commercials serve the purpose of making you want to buy a certain product, whether it’s for a car or a detergent. Sometimes, however, the real message of the ad gets skewed by what the consumers see at face value when they’re watching it.

Take this new commercial by Audi for the new A5 . Sure, we get the message of clean diesel technology and all that. But do you really have to use a suicide attempt to get the message across?

If you ask us, it’s a terrible idea and it’s definitely of poor taste to even remotely associate the benefits of the A5 with some poor schmuck trying to suffocate himself to death.

If you folks haven’t seen the ad, feel free to check it out.

Source: YouTube

The German tuning firm ABT Sportsline has just released a customization program for the latest addition to Audi’s midsize lineup, the shapely A5 sportback. As far as appearances are concerned, ABT’s aero kit includes a new front apron, grill replacement, decorative fender inserts and a more pronounced rear spoiler. Poking out from underneath the rear bumper is a quad tip sport tuned exhaust that adds both sporting sound and style to the sportback which is finished off with a set of ABT’s signature BR Sport Rims ranging in sizes from 18 to 20 inches in diameter.

Audi AS5 Sportback by ABT

Being the race car builders that they are, ABT also has a few power packages to add a bit more oomph along with the restyling. The alternatively fueled 3.0 Liter TDI powered version’s output can be upped to 282 HP or even 310 HP depending on if you get the standard ABT POWER unit or the more powerful S version. Meanwhile the turbocharged four cylinder 2.0 Liter TFSI gets upped to 275 HP. So if you want to take one of Audi’s most stylish packages to date and make it your own ABT might just be what you are looking for.

Press release after the jump.

Almost every automotive enthusiast dreams of owning an Audi R8 , however there is a little thing called money that will keep most of us from actually purchasing one. However if you just so happen to be lucky enough to be driving an Audi A5 , the tuners at Hofele Design have come up with an aftermarket kit that takes your two door audi sports coupe and makes it look like the four ringed super car.

Hofele Design offers Audi A5 owners some R8 style

Hofele starts by replacing the front bumper with an R8 inspired unit complete with a pair of oversized air intakes filled with horizontal diffusers, a set of the R8’s signature side blades and choice of rear aprons complete with cutouts for the Hofele’s oval shaped tailpipes or one that fits the standard single exit exhaust as well as Lamella inserts in the rear diffuser from the new 5.2 Liter V10 powered R8 are integrated into the rear bumper. So if you are looking for Audi R8 style without having to fork over the amount required to actually take home a super car, Hofele Design has just the kit for you.

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The folks at Audi saw fit that we take their latest drop top out for a spin so when a 2010 A5 2.0 TFSI FWD Multitronic Cabriolet showed up as the latest addition to the Top Speed test fleet, we were in no mood to decline. The Ibis White A5 looks very much like the outgoing A4 Convertible, however once you spend a bit more time in and around the premium drop top from Germany, the stretched mid section with its elongated lines make the Audi A5 a much more visually appealing automobile than the car it replaces. The new A5 Convertible features the fastest folding roof in the segment, taking only 15 seconds to fully retract and can even be put in place at 30 MPH, not to mention that the cloth top features Audi Acoustic Roof technology that gives the convertible interior noise levels on par with a hard top.

Initial thoughts: 2010 Audi A5 Cabriolet

The front end is made up of a pair of LED powered head lamps that sit on either side of Audi’s signature gaping grill with a pair of sporty looking air intakes filled with large round fog lamps on the ends. Like we said before, the A5’s longer lines make it look much sportier, especially when you compare the length of the door compared to the overall vehicle, Audi’s engineers also incorporated a neat trick under the hood to push those front wheels further forward in the car’s profile making it look like a long wheelbase race car. The new car’s additional length also play a role in the rear 3/4 view, the A5 has a wide squatted appearance because the car’s proportions have been altered, so although the A5’s rear end is about at tall as the more bubbly outgoing A4 it has a much more aggressive look from behind, something that is only accentuated with the top down.

Continued after the jump.

We recently showed you what a little help from the aftermarket manufacturer B&B did to help out the Audi Q7. Well this time the tuners are turning their attention to something a little smaller, instead of dressing up a full size SUV, B&B are applying the same styling to the mid size B series coupe. So no matter whether you own an Audi A5 or an S5 Cabriolet, B&B not only has what it takes to make your new car look even better, but they can put a little extra mustard under the hood and improve the car’s handling at the same time to go along with it.

Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet by B&B

B&B offers a few different performance packages for both turbocharged and naturally aspirated versions of the midsized coupe. Starting off with the 2.0 Liter TFSI four cylinder that can have its turbocharger tweaked and maximum pressure boosted to generate anywhere from 250 HP to 295 HP with the most aggressive package generating a total of 310 HP from the factory turbocharged four banger. B&B is also ready to make more power with diesel models, the 2.0 TDI’s output is raised to either 200 HP or 220 HP and the 3.0 Liter TDI V6 can be upped to produce a total of either 300 HP or 325 HP depending on your needs. For those Audi owners who want to take their high performance Audi S5 sports coupe to the next level, B&B as developed an engine package for the 4.2 Liter V8 that includes a free flowing exhaust that raises output to a rather impressive 415 HP.

So aside from the body kit and engine work, B&B continues their work by replacing the stock suspension with a special adjustable unit which can be tuned for everything from sport to comfort settings as well as a slight adjustment in ride height. The finishing touch to the tastefully tuned Audi are a set of the aftermarket manufacturer’s signature B12 wheels sized a rather healthy 20 inches in diameter.

Press release after the jump.

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