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 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.

The German automaker Audi has just revealed details about an aluminum prototype lightweight A5 Coupe that uses the same space frame architecture that is used in the Audi R8 super car and TT sports coupe. Audi’s goal is to improve the overall performance of the midsize coupe by reducing its curb weight, by 242 lbs to be exact. When Audi’s engineers reduce the mass of the A5 coupe, they allow the engine to to breathe easier, the brakes to work less and the suspension to be tuned more precisely; making the four ringed luxury car a better all around performance machine.

Audi RS5 renderings

The prototype Audi A5 is based on the steel bodied production car, replacing the bulkier design with the bespoke aluminum Audi Space Frame that reduces the weight of the prototype from 3,130 lbs to 2,888 lbs. While it’s currently powered by a 2.0 Liter TFSI four cylinder that makes 211 HP, in the interest of weight and economy, the lightweight chassis would make a great candidate for the foundation of a very nice future super car from the 100 year old four ringed automaker.

With all the current talk of Audi RS5s in America in the near future, it looks like this prototype is a test mule for a 450 HP V8 powered 2011 RS5 . Not only would the lightweight construction make the future RS5 an even better handling machine, but hopefully Audi’s power train engineers have sorted out the new A5’s transaxle layout so that the engine can sit a bit further back in the body. Just imagining an aluminum Audi RS5 Audi RS5 with its blistered fenders and gills in the front bumper only hint subtly at the beast that would lie beneath. Another interesting fact about an aluminum bodied FSI V8 sports car would have over twice the horsepower, so an aluminum B segment RennSport would have twice asa much potential to push around all that weight.

Press release after the jump.

Audi A5 Cabrio by Abt Sportsline

The tuning firm ABT Sportsline was recently asked by the adult beverage producer Radeberger Pilsner to create a very special Audi A5 Cabrio so that they can give it away in a contest. ABT started by adding their signature body kit and then painting in a few bold gold accents. The drop top A5 is powered by a tuned 2.0 TFSI engine that now delivers 275 HP, up from the standard 180 HP and can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 168 MPH.

Audi today announced prices for the 2010 S4 and A5/S5 Convertible models. The S models will go on sale in August, followed by a fall debut for the A5 Convertible. The S4 sedan is priced at $45,900 for the manual version and at $47,300 for the S tronic one. The A5 Cabriolet 2.0T multitronic front-wheel drive is priced at $42,000, the A5 Cabriolet 2.0T Tiptronic quattro at $44,100 and the S5 at $58,250.

2010 Audi S4 and A5/S5 Cabriolet prices announced

The 2010 S4 is powered by a 3.0T V6 FSI direct injection supercharged engine with 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque.

All the models will be offered with: 3G MMI (Multi Media Interface) with 3D map graphics and SIRIUS traffic displays the latest evolution of 3D navigation, joystick control for navigation map destination finding, updated graphical clarity, SIRIUS® artist/title preview, and SIRIUS traffic-based navigation. The S4 sedan features voice-based destination input control, and voice inputs such as “I’m hungry,” “I need gas” and “I need coffee”.

Press release after the jump.

The German automaker Audi has just announced prices for the 2010 A4 and A5 sedan and coupe as well as the Q5 compact crossover. In the appropriate Vorsprung das Tecnik fashion, each of the luxury vehicles have been improved for next year. The A4 and A5 now feature LED tail lights as part of the Premium Plus and Prestige trim packages, the sporty A5 will also receive, for the first time, the same fuel efficient 2.0 Liter TFSI direct-injection four cylinder engine that is offered in the A4. The larger Q5 Prestige will also offer an optional Luxury Package to make customers feel like their money was well spent.

The 2010 Audi A4 will start at $31,450 equipped with the TFSI 2.0 Liter driving the front wheels and goes all the way up to $42,250 for the quattro version when they start to make their way into showrooms. The sporty A5 will start out at $36,000 for a 2.0 TFSI powered quattro Coupe with a manual transmission and will go all the way up to $45,500 for a Tiptronic. The Audi Q5 SUV is not only the heaviest of the bunch, but will also tip the monetary scales the most with a starting rice of $37,350 that climbs to $48,850 depending on how luxurious a packages you prefer.

Press release after the jump.

After officially unveiling the Audi A5 Sportback , the German automaker also revealed the first video of the new car. The A5 Sportcak will be offered with a choice of three gasoline and three TDI engines, with three more engines to follow by mid-2010. The gasoline lineup includes: the 2.0 Liter TFSI with 180 HP or 211 HP and the 3.2 Liter V6 with 265 HP. The diesel line-up includes: 2.0 TDI produces 170 HP, 190 HP 2.7 Liter TDI and 3.0 TDI pumping out 240 HP.

As elegant as a coupe, as practical as an Avant - this is how it can be described the new Audi A5 Sportback in short words. The car was revealed today when the company is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The car is already on sale, and prices in Germany will begin at 33,650 euros.

Audi A5 Sportback

When will go on sale the A5 Sportcak will be offered with a choice of three gasoline and three TDI engines, with three more engines to follow by mid-2010. All models are equipped with a recuperation system that recovers energy during braking and deceleration and stores it temporarily in the battery.

Audi A5 Sportback

The gasoline line-up includes: the 2-liter TFSI with 180 hp or 211 hp and the 3.2-liter V6 with 265 hp. Diesel line-up includes: 2.0 TDI produces 170 hp, 190 hp 2.7-liter TDI and 3.0 TDI 240 hp.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

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