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Audi initially offered the A5 Coupe in 2007, signaling its return to the segment after over a decade of sitting on the sidelines. In 2012, the German manufacturer updated the premium two-door with a mid-cycle refresh, but now, it’s time for the second generation to take the torch. Standout revisions include more efficiency thanks to a lower curb weight and improved aerodynamics, more power from the range of four- and six-cylinder engines, and an impressive catalogue of technological innovations for safety, convenience, and infotainment.

The thing is, it sort of looks as though Ingolstadt didn’t do a whole lot for this generational changeover. That said, sweeping transformations aren’t exactly Audi’s forte, and as soon as you dig under the skin, the differences start to become apparent. It starts with new bones, including an updated chassis. The tried and true powerplant lineup was tuned for more bang for your buck. There’s more space inside, and the classic Four Ring styling outside was tweaked just enough to be noticeable. All in all, the new A5 is undoubtedly worthy of its next-gen designation.

Update 6-3-2016: We’ve uploaded a new video that covers the highlights of the new Audi A5. Click play to see the video.
Continue reading to learn more about the new Audi A5.


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Aesthetically speaking, the new A5 is quite similar to its four-door sibling, the A4. And that’s a good thing – both vehicles are quite attractive, with proportions that suggest a dynamic experience behind the wheel, but don’t get in your face about it. This characteristic is doubly so for the A5, which uses the two-door layout to great effect, particularly in profile. From that angle, we see something Audi calls a “three-dimensional wave-shaped shoulder line,” which was also used on the outgoing model, and helps to emphasize the wheel arches without getting all DTM about it. In front is Audi’s characteristic “Singleframe” grille, which is now wider and flatter than before, while the headlights are sharply cut and angular. The hood line is long, while the overhangs are short.

Dimensionally, Audi says the new A5 is larger than before (roughly 2.7 inches longer). The automaker also indicated that the new look makes for a drag coefficient of just 0.25, propelling the A5 to the head of the segment when it comes to aero slipperiness.

Lighting includes LEDs for the rear, while the headlights are offered with both regular LEDs and Matrix LEDs (standard spec includes xenon elements, plus LED daytime running lights). The turn signals are dynamic.

Side-by-side comparison

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Like the exterior, the A5’s interior also pulls cues from the new A4. Horizontal lines abound, including a “continuous air vent strip” stretching the length of the dash. Drivers will enjoy the three-spoke, multifunction steering wheel (complete with shift paddles on models equipped with an automatic transmission), while all passengers will appreciate Audi’s typically well-executed fit and finish. Materials are all high-end, and Audi boasts that ambient noise levels are as low as ever. Customization options include a multitude of color choices, plus optional ambient lighting with a range of 30 different hues.

Along with the larger exterior dimensions, Audi says the cabin was also made larger, although specific measurements for the driver and passengers are not yet available.

As expected, the new A5 is outfitted with all the latest cabin gear Ingolstadt can muster, starting with the availability of Audi’s virtual cockpit digital instrumentation. Offered for the first time on the A5, the virtual cockpit is essentially a 12.3-inch TFT screen mounted behind the steering wheel that provides the driver with customizable information readouts. Complementing this is an 8.3-inch tablet screen mounted high on the dash (a 7-inch unit comes standard).

Control of the system is wielded via a rotary pushbutton on the central tunnel, plus a touch pad for functionality like character input and map zoom. There’s also text search, plus voice control.

Standard features include LED cabin lighting, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a USB device charger.

Customers can opt into the MMI navigation plus package, which includes an onboard SIM card that provides web access free of charge for up to three years. Separate data packages are also available if you just want the Wi-Fi hotspot (up to eight devices can connect).

Standard features include LED cabin lighting, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a USB device charger. Options include inductive smartphone charging, and a high-end Bang & Olufsen sound system. There’s also new driver assistance technology (see the Safety And Convenience section for more information).

And even though practicality isn’t really a top priority when shopping for a two-door car, Audi saw fit to up the luggage space in back, adding an additional 0.4 cubic feet for 16.4 cubic feet total. The rear bench folds into a 40:20:40 split for space optimization, while an optional foot-activated luggage switch helps when your hands are full. Funny enough, there’s also an optional trailer hitch with an electric single-button release.


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The new A5 will launch in Germany with the choice of five different engine packages, including two TFSI (gasoline) options and three TDI (diesel) options. Output will range between 190 and 286 horsepower, with up to 17 percent more power and 22 percent better fuel economy.

U.S. customers, however, should expect just a single engine – the mid-range turbo four-cylinder gasoline unit producing around 255 horsepower.

Routing the muscle will be the option for either a manual six-speed or a seven-speed automatic S tronic. The range-topping diesel (Europe only) will get an eight-speed tiptronic. Both FWD and AWD will be available.

Interestingly, Audi is updating its famous quattro AWD system with something called “ultra” technology, which biases towards FWD for greater efficiency. And while initial speculation pointed towards the availability of a hybrid drivetrain, Audi has yet to confirm the rumor.

Chassis And Handling

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Per industry trends, Audi managed to cut roughly 130 pounds from the A5’s curb weight thanks to a lighter body and chassis. The new chassis also supposedly ups driving dynamics, particularly when it’s equipped with the optional damper control system.

Standard spec includes Audi drive select, which offers multiple driving modes to best suit the given driving situation. There’s also updated electromechanical power steering, which adapts feedback based on road speed, plus an optional dynamic steering ratio for even greater control.

Safety And Convenience

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Safety and convenience is enhanced thanks to an extensive range of new or updated autonomous features. This includes a predictive efficiency assistant, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control with a Stop&Go feature, parking assist, rear cross-traffic monitor, exit warning, collision avoidance assistant, turn assist, and traffic sign recognition.

Meanwhile, the optional Audi connect and safety & service package includes auto emergency call, online roadside assistance, and Audi service request, as well as remote features through the MMI connect app, which allows smartphones, smart watches, and even Apple TV users to lock and unlock doors, start the engine, check the vehicle status, find the vehicle location, and more.


The second-generation A5 is expected to launch in the U.S. later next year, with pricing starting at around $42,000. Meanwhile, Europe will get it this fall.


BMW 4 Series Coupe

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The Bavarians offer a much livelier alternative to the A5 with the 4 Series Coupe. Engine options include a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder producing 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, as well as a turbo six-cylinder with 300 horsepower. Bimmer’s xDrive AWD system is an available option, while RWD comes as standard. Pricing starts at $41,850.

Read the full review here.

Infiniti Q60

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Sexy luxury coupe-ness isn’t just a German thing – Infiniti has it’s own two-door in the hunt. Power is derived from either four-cylinder making 208 horsepower, or a six-cylinder making 300 horsepower, while a range-topping 400-horsepower V-6 tops the totem pole. Unfortunately, only a seven-speed automatic is offered for cog swaps. Like the BMW, both RWD and AWD are available. Pricing starts at around $41,000.

Read the full review here.


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Everything you’d expect, nothing more, and nothing less – that’s what you get with Audi, and the A5 stays true to this idea. Confident in the inherent quality of the original, the new model doesn’t deviate too far from the first generation, with improvements implemented only where they’re needed.

Unfortunately for Audi, the slightly higher price tag means the Japanese competition will have a slightly easier sell, but Ingolstadt should offset this by offering more standard equipment.

In the end, buyers will most likely appreciate not having to tick as many option boxes, and will still indulge in the Four Ring’s classic style.

  • Leave it
    • Limited engine options
    • Probably more expensive
    • Tough competition
    • Still a ways off until it sells in the U.S.

Updated History

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.

Spy Shots

July 10, 2015 - First testing session

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Press Release

Audi revolutionized its mid-size class in 2007 with the A5. The Ingolstadt-based carmaker created a work of art that took fans around the world by storm. Nine years later marks the launch of the second generation – with a new, honed look and high tech everywhere. The new generation of the A5 Coupé* is athletic, sporty and elegant. Its design goes hand in hand with sophisticated aerodynamics. Under the skin the A5 impresses with an all-new chassis, powerful engines, and innovative infotainment features and driver assistance systems.

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How do you make a design masterpiece even more beautiful? Audi designers have been pondering this question for years. The results are impressive: The new Audi A5 Coupé* sports a fresh, modern and honed look. It is nevertheless true to its DNA with the sporty and elegant character being passed down to the new version. The best example is the now three-dimensional wave-shaped shoulder line that already characterized the previous model. The precisely sweeping line with pronounced bulges over the wheel arches emphasizes all four wheels – a cue to the quattro all-wheel drive.

The perfectly balanced proportions with a long engine hood, the stretched wheelbase and short overhangs underscore the sportiness of the new A5 Coupé. The sculpted Singleframe grille is significantly flatter and wider than in the previous model. The LED rear lights and optional LED or Matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn signals make high-end technology visible even after dark.

The new Audi A5 Coupé* will launch in Germany with five engines: two TFSI and three TDI units. Their power output has increased considerably and is now between 140 kW (190 hp) and 210 kW (286 hp). Compared with the previous model, they offer up to 17 percent more performance while consuming as much as 22 percent less fuel. All the engines combine high efficiency with sporty power development and smooth running – especially the two 3.0 TDI six-cylinder engines.

With its newly developed 3.0 TFSI, the Audi S5 Coupé* is now in a league of its own. The turbo V6 exhibits highly efficient, sports car-like performance. From its 2,995 cc of displacement, the boosted six-cylinder engine produces 260 kW (354 hp) of power, which is 15 kW (21 hp) more than the engine in the previous model.

The new Audi A5 Coupé* comes with a drivetrain solution tailor-made for each engine variant. The manual six-speed gearbox and the seven-speed S tronic are used with the four-cylinder engines as well as the 160 kW (218 hp) 3.0 TDI with front- or all-wheel drive. The eight-speed tiptronic is reserved for the top diesel with 210 kW (286 hp) and the S5 engine*. Both engines come standard with quattro all-wheel drive. Audi also offers the optional rear-axle sport differential for even more dynamic driving and precision.

The new quattro with ultra technology is also available for the first time. At the moment it can be combined with the four-cylinder TFSI and TDI engines with manual transmission. Optimized for efficiency, the drive system does not exhibit any perceptible differences to permanent systems in terms of traction and driving dynamics.

The all-new chassis is among the strengths of the Audi A5 Coupé*. It offers the driver optimal comfort combined with a high degree of agility. The A5 thus handles narrow, winding mountain roads and long trips on the Autobahn with equal aplomb. Audi offers a suspension with damper control as an option. This is integrated into the dynamic handling system known as Audi drive select, which enables the driver to modify the basic characteristic in multiple steps.

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The electromechanical power steering is also a new development from Audi. It adapts according to the vehicle’s current speed and provides highly precise road feedback. Optionally available is the dynamic steering, which varies its gear ratio depending on the speed and steering angle.

The Audi A5 Coupé* is significantly more efficient than its predecessor. This is due in large part to a reduction in weight as well as sophisticated aerodynamics. The engineers were able to trim the curb weight by as much as 60 kilograms (132.3 lb). The body is the lightest in the competitive field thanks to an intelligent mix of materials and lightweight design. With a drag coefficient of 0.25, the A5 Coupé is also the segment leader with respect to aerodynamics.

The interior benefits from the increased dimensions and longer wheelbase. Space for driver and passengers is more generous. The horizontal architecture of the instrument panel and the continuous air vent strip create a wide sense of space.

As is typical for Audi, interior build quality is uncompromisingly high. High-quality materials in a wide range of colors provide for a particularly pleasant ambiance and underscore the premium character of the mid-sized model. Optional ambient lighting highlights the interior with a choice of 30 adjustable shades. The new
A5 Coupé* also redefines the class benchmark for aeroacoustics. The acoustic comfort is almost that of a luxury class model.

The luggage compartment offers a volume of 465 liters (16.4 cu ft), 10 liters
(0.4 cu ft) more than with the previous model. The rear seat has a 40:20:40 split and can be easily folded forward using levers in the luggage compartment. Audi also offers the two-door coupé with optional gesture control for opening the luggage compartment lid via a foot motion. The optional trailer hitch is electrically released at the press of a button.

Display and controls
The A5 Coupé* is now available for the first time with the optional Audi virtual cockpit, a 12.3-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1,440 x 540 pixels. Together with the MMI navigation plus including 8.3-inch monitor on the center console, it forms the central information unit. The focal point of the MMI terminal is the round rotary pushbutton. Its surface is home to the touch-sensitive touchpad. The touchpad is used to input characters and also for multifinger gestures, enabling the driver to zoom in on the map, for example. The whole MMI control logic is similar to that of a smartphone, including the intelligent free text search function. The new, more natural voice control system can recognize input made using everyday language, such as: “I would like to call Peter.”

Infotainment and Audi connect
Customers choosing MMI navigation plus automatically also get the hardware module Audi connect and the new Audi connect SIM, a SIM card permanently installed in the car. The new Audi A5 Coupé* uses this to connect to the Internet via the ultrafast LTE network. Use of the versatile Audi connect services is free of charge of three years, both in Germany and in most European countries. The respective national provider is selected automatically as needed.

Independent of the integrated Audi connect services, customers can also purchase optional data packages for individual Internet use using the Wi-Fi hotspot. This allows all passengers to surf the Web and send/receive email with up to eight mobile devices at attractive rates.

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The A5 can also be equipped with the optional Audi connect safety & service package. This includes such functions as an automatic emergency call in the event of an accident, online roadside assistance and Audi service request as well as remote functions that can be used with the MMI connect app on a smartphone, smartwatch or – in conjunction with the fourth generation Apple TV – from a television. Examples include locking and unlocking the car, checking where the car is parked and calling up the vehicle status.

With the Audi smartphone interface, Apple Car Play and Android Auto bring the familiar smartphone environment to the car, if desired. The optional Audi phone box with wireless charging in the center armrest uses near-field coupling to link smartphones wirelessly to the vehicle’s antenna and enables inductive charging according to the Qi standard. For very discerning hi-fi fans, the Bang & Olufsen sound system with its innovative 3D sound is available as an option.

Driver assistance systems
An intelligent combination of different technologies enhances the safety, comfort and efficiency of the new Audi A5 Coupé*. At the same time, Audi is also taking the next step toward piloted driving. The broad choice of innovative driver assistance systems sets standards in the segment. Compared with the previous model, nearly all of the systems are either completely new or have been extensively updated.

The predictive efficiency assistant helps the driver save fuel, Audi active lane assist helps keep the car on track in the driving lane, and the Stop&Go adaptive cruise control including traffic jam assist offers the driver relief in slow-moving traffic. New and important safety features include the park assist, cross traffic assist rear, exit warning, collision avoidance assist and turn assist as well as the Audi pre sense systems. Camera-based recognition of traffic signs rounds out the lineup.

The new Audi A5 Coupé will launch in Germany and additional European countries in fall 2016. Compared with the previous model, the list of standard equipment is even more generous. Among the features included are xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights, LED interior lights, the Audi MMI radio plus with 7-inch MMI color display, Bluetooth and USB charging function, the three-spoke multifunction steering wheel (including shift paddles in models with automatic transmission), height-adjustable belt feeds, the Audi drive select dynamic handling system and Audi pre sense city.

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New trim lines provide numerous customization opportunities, for both the interior and the exterior. Besides the base model, there are also the sport and design lines. The S line sport package and the Audi design selection are available for sophisticated customization, particularly for the interior. Audi offers the S line exterior package for a particularly dynamic appearance.

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