The Audi A5 was initially released in 2008 and the only update it has received since was in the 2012 model year. It now appears that BMW’s decision to offer a 4 Series Coupe and Convertible has forced Audi into also developing a new-generation A5. The new A5 Coupe will arrive in 2015 and it will be followed by a Convertible version six months later.
First details on the second-generation Audi A5 suggest the model will be put on a strict diet, as Audi hopes to shave a total of 220 pounds from the car’s weight. This move will also help reduce the car’s fuel consumption, without needing to downsize engines to a 1.4-liter level.
In order to obtain this drop in weight, Audi will use lighter engine ancillaries, hollow-spoke wheels and aluminum panels. Under the hood, Audi will install the same engine lineup found in the current generation, but with an improved output level. For the S5, the V-6 will deliver a total of 340 horsepower - up from the current 328 horsepower, while the RS5 will drop the current V-8 in a favor of a new twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with an output of 475 horsepower. It is also rumored that the next A5 will be offered with an electric range for the first time.
Updated 02/13/2014: Car And Driver reports that the next-generation Audi A5 will be built on Volkswagen’s new MLB modular-longitudinal architecture and will include lots of aluminum to help reduce its weight by about 200 pounds. Audi will keep about two-thirds of the current’s powertrain lineup, but will add a series of new engines, including a new, 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 for the RS5 in place of the current 4.2-liter V-8.
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Image Note: The above image is of the 2012 A5, not the upcoming generation.
History of the Audi A5
The first generation Audi A5 was unveiled for the first time in 2008. It was offered with a choice of both gasoline and diesel engines, with power ranging from 170 to 265 horsepower in the top version.
In 2012, Audi offered an update for the A5. The model received a new headlights design, a modified front grille, a redesigned front bumper with larger air intakes and a new rear bumper. No updates were made under the hood.
On the U.S., market the A5 is priced at $37,500.
The BMW 4 Series Coupe will arrive on the market sometime in July, 2013. Leaked documents have revealed that the 4 Series Coupe will be offered in four different models: a 428i powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a 435i that gets a more powerful 3.0-liter in-line-six, and an xi variant of both models that will feature BMW’s famed xDrive all-wheel drive.
Gallery BMW 4 Series Coupe
On the U.S. market, the E-Class Coupe will only be offered with two engines: a direct-injected, 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine with 302 horsepower and a twin-turbo, direct-injected 5.5-liter V-8 producing 402 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.
The model will be put on sale in the summer of 2013.