This month sees the arival of the all-new A5, a dramatically styled coupé combining four-seat practicality, 455-litre luggage capacity and a new, even more overtly driver-oriented chassis configuration incorporating the longest wheelbase ever to underpin a B-segment Audi. UK prices for the first launch models, started at £33,430 OTR, and customers who ordered back in March are now enjoying their A5's.
In a break with Audi tradition which normally dictates that the launch of the higher performance S quattro model in each range is staggered, the S5 quattro is one of the two versions spearheading the launch of the new coupé. Powered by a potent 4.2-litre V8 FSI petrol engine with 354PS, the S5 quattro is priced at £39,825 OTR.
With an overall length of 4,625mm, and a planned range of four, six and eight-cylinder longitudinally mounted petrol and diesel engines, the entirely new A5 is perfectly positioned as the latest and most advanced alternative to established German premium sector compact coupés in the B-segment.
The elegant two-door body that re-establishes Audi in territory last populated by the brand with the 80-based Coupé of 1989 is not the newcomer’s only mould-breaking feature. Underpinning it is a radically different suspension arrangement that is the first to benefit not only from a new five-link front set up promoting outstanding composure at all speeds, but also from a new layout that positions the front axle further forward. This permits shorter overhangs and much improved axle load distribution, resulting in enhanced balance and handling neutrality.
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