(from Audi Press
Release) Elegance and dynamism:
The new Audi A5 / Audi S5
Audi is launching a fascinating new model series for its entry into
a highly emotionally charged segment of the market: the A5
successfully unites the acclaimed Audi design language and thrilling
dynamic driving performance, and combines generous refinement with
the brand’s characteristic quality and sophistication. Its
progressive design gives the new coupé an appearance that is both
elegant and dynamic. With its muscular FSI and TDI engines, its
entirely newly developed high-precision running gear, and a raft of
innovative, luxury-class equipment features, the Audi A5 has been
crafted to be a modern grand tourer, a touring coupé in the best
The Audi S5 is an extra sporty offering to complete the new series.
A powerful V8 FSI engine gives the S5 a dynamic edge, which
underscores its athletically accentuated design. The A5 and S5 are
available to order from 6 March 2007 with the first vehicles due for
delivery from June.
The Nuvolari quattro concept car of 2003 gave a first taste of
Audi’s vision for a powerful and expertly styled coupé with a high
performance potential and a progressive, sophisticated design – a
bold step into the future.
Many elements from the Nuvolari have been adopted in the Audi A5.
The new coupé is a clear and unique statement of sportiness and
elegance. At the same time, the A5 offers a driving experience
characterised by exhilarating dynamic performance and excellent
comfort over long distances.
With a length of 4.63 m, the Audi A5 clearly belongs to a superior
class of coupé. Four comfortable seats and a load volume of 455
litres make this car a comfortable long-distance tourer. The dynamic
performance is supplied by FSI and TDI engines with rated power
ranging from 125 to 195 kW (170 to 265 bhp). All engines share
highly eco-friendly and efficient characteristics.
The engines’ power can be transmitted by either front-wheel drive or
quattro four-wheel drive and a six-speed manual or automatic
gearbox. The running gear developed for the A5 is entirely new and
combines agile handling with the utmost driving safety.
Quite simply a desirable coupé
For coupé buyers, emotion plays a major role in their choice of car;
the most important reason to buy, in the case of a sporty two-door
car, is the design. And on that point the Audi A5 genuinely speaks
for itself – its design takes Audi’s progressive and stylish design
language to new heights. The sporty silhouette, the precisely drawn
lines, which gracefully interplay with the powerful surfaces, the
expressive front face, and the equally distinctive tail end yield a
wholly desirable coupé. “The Audi A5 is the most beautiful car I
have ever designed”, says Walter de’Silva, Head of Volkswagen Group
Design, with absolute conviction.
Sportiness, elegance and dynamic performance are characteristics
common to all of today’s Audi models. Naturally the A5 is
particularly rich in these elements of the Audi “genetic code”, and
the design makes that immediately clear: the coupé’s proportions,
for instance, are characterised by a very wide and low stance, a
short front overhang and a long, flowing transition from the C
pillar to the tail end.
Lines and surfaces play with light and shadows
An expression of determination characterises the features of the
front end: the face bears the hallmark of the new Audi in the form
of the single-frame grille, and its right-angled headlights and
large air inlets reinforce the architectural impression of breadth
in the car’s face-on outline. The same holds true for the rear: the
distinct horizontal lines and wide, powerfully styled tail lights,
which seem to push outwards, underscore the sporting intent of the
The side line is dominated by the mighty trapezoidal C pillar. This
not only emphasises the car’s sporty appeal, but also creates a look
reminiscent of the legendary Audi Ur-quattro.
A second stylistic tribute to Audi’s four-wheel drive pioneer model
can be found in the marked outline of the wheel arches, with their
curving contours drawn into the wide shoulder line. The lines and
surfaces of the Audi A5 play with light and shadows, bringing its
shape to life and endowing the body with the sculpted intensity that
makes Audi design unique.
Audi’s customary devotion to detail is particularly evident in the
headlights: their elaborate styling perfectly reflects precision and
high-tech engineering. The daytime running lights, comprising a
strip of eight LEDs on each side, make the A5’s xenon plus
headlights absolutely unmistakeable.
The luxurious perfection of an Audi
The interior, the interface between person and vehicle, is
characterised by ergonomic design and functionality, and equally by
the exclusiveness of the materials selected and Audi’s typically
superb build quality. An atmosphere in which you feel perfectly at
ease, even on long journeys – that is the key feature of the A5
Making interior design a high-quality tactile experience
The entire cockpit architecture is clearly focused on the driver and
brings together the instruments and the centre console to form one
unit. The animated shapes, the precision of the workmanship, and the
sophisticated design of the controls – these represent a visual
delight that is also a joy to touch. The interior design provides a
high-quality tactile experience each time you drive the Audi A5. One
example of the all-encompassing design approach can be found in the
door panel trim, where the controls, inlays, armrest and stowage
compartment combine to form one visually harmonious unit.
The instrument panel, with the characteristic droplet-shaped
surrounds for the speedometer and rev counter, does feature typical
Audi styling elements, but in all its details has been developed as
a new design.
The A5 also has the screen of the MMI operating system positioned at
an ergonomically perfect high position in the cockpit. A new
advanced version of the acclaimed intuitive MMI operating logic
makes the wide range of functions easy to understand.
Key with a sharp memory
The new key is another design item that also provides sophisticated
functionality. With its soft contours and pleasant surfaces it sits
beautifully in the hand. But above all, the innovative key dispenses
with the conventional key bit. This is possible because it
communicates electronically with the vehicle’s electrical system as
soon as it is inserted into the cockpit. It can also store important
information, such as the vehicle’s current mileage or warning
messages from the Audi A5’s driver information system. The data are
always up-to-date and available to allow after-sales staff at a
dealership to receive the vehicle for servicing quickly and easily.
For powerful driving pleasure
A coupé with a distinctly sporty character requires powerful and
highly efficient engines. For the Audi A5, power is provided by
innovative technologies across the board. All engines supplied for
the new model series feature direct fuel injection, for which the
petrol engines employ the FSI concept and the diesels are equipped
with common rail TDI. This gives all engines a thrilling
free-revving character, allowing them to effortlessly unwind their
generous torque with optimum energy efficiency. The refined TDI
engines with their outstanding sporting talents suit the A5 just as
well as the petrol units. Which type to go for is entirely a
question of the driver’s personal preference. All of the engines
impressively demonstrate that efficiency and driving pleasure are by
no means mutually exclusive.
FSI – The high-tech engine with variable valve lift
The top-of-the-range petrol engine in the Audi A5 is a new 3.2-litre
FSI with innovative valve gear comprising the Audi valvelift system.
This innovation varies the valve lift between two levels. To achieve
this, sets of sliding cams are mounted directly on the intake
camshafts. These feature two sets of adjacent cam contours for small
and large valve lift. Which cam is used to open the intake valves
depends on the power demand at any one time.
The effect is an appreciable increase in engine efficiency. The
driver benefits from greater power and improved driveability, while
enjoying a marked reduction in fuel consumption. At the wheel of an
Audi A5 3.2 FSI there is a whole 195 kW (265 bhp) of power output
available and a superb torque of 330 Nm in a broad rev band of 3,000
to 5,000 rpm, ensuring blistering acceleration at all times. Within
6.1 seconds the 3.2 FSI quattro with manual six-speed gearbox
sprints from 0 to 100 km/h. The top speed is limited to 250 km/h.
Despite this thrilling performance potential the car’s fuel
consumption is only 8.7 litres per 100 kilometers (3.2 FSI
The all-new high-tech four-cylinder unit in the Audi A5 also does
full justice to Audi’s reputation for leading engine technology. The
1.8 TFSI, delivering 125 kW (170 bhp), will be available from autumn
2007. It combines turbocharger technology with petrol direct
injection and provides a burst of acceleration and pulling power
unrivalled in its class from virtually every rev band. Just as it
did with its TDI engines, Audi has accomplished a pioneering feat of
engineering with its turbocharged petrol units, taking
spark-ignition engines to a new dimension in fuel consumption and
Thanks to a whole raft of technical innovations in the petrol
engines, their fuel economy has been significantly improved, thus
yielding a marked reduction in CO2 emissions.
TDI – Impressive performance combined with exemplary
The V6 TDI units from Audi set the standards in their segment. Their
copious torque and outstanding fuel economy accompanied by superb
refinement mean that they score highly on all counts. In addition to
all this, they offer eco-friendly performance that is hard to beat.
The TDI engines fitted in the Audi A5, for instance, are equipped
with a diesel particulate filter as standard.
The sporty top-of-the-range TDI in the new Audi coupé is the
thoroughly revised 3.0-litre engine. It now delivers a power output
of 176 kW (240 bhp) and its maximum torque is an immense 500 Nm. But
that is not all: with its supreme 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of
5.9 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h, the Audi A5 3.0 TDI quattro
is one of the sportiest vehicles of its kind. Added to this, it also
offers an average fuel consumption of just 7.2 litres per 100 km!
The second TDI engine in the Audi A5 range offers even better fuel
economy. The 2.7-litre V6 engine delivers 140 kW (190 bhp) and is an
ideal complement to the multitronic gearbox for the comfort-minded
coupé driver. Nevertheless, its performance figures are more than
impressive: it offers a top speed of 232 km/h with an average fuel
economy of 6.7 litres per 100 km. On top of that, its acceleration
time of just 7.6 seconds confirms the sporty credentials of this
version of the Audi A5.
The Audi A5 2.7 TDI multitronic is equipped with front-wheel drive,
while the 3-litre TDI with manual gearbox constantly supplies power
to all four wheels. As in numerous other Audi models, the quattro
permanent four-wheel drive in the Audi A5 enhances driving dynamics
by distributing 40 percent of engine power to the front axle and 60
percent to the rear axle at its basic setting. The system adjusts
the power distribution depending on the situation and road surface
multitronic with eight forward gears and sport mode
In the standard specification, the Audi A5 powertrain features a
six-speed manual gearbox with sporty ratios. This gearbox offers
uniform short gear lever travel and smooth, easy gear changes.
The continuously variable multitronic automatic gearbox, which
offers unparalleled power transmission comfort, is available in
conjunction with the 3.2 FSI and the 2.7 TDI engines. At the same
time its high efficiency and tall maximum transmission ratio make it
very economical on fuel, since it operates in the most efficient
range at all times. Whenever the driver prefers a more sporty
driving style, the gearbox can be switched to a manual mode with
eight set speeds.
The running gear
Precise instruments for agile handling
Even when stationary, the Audi A5 makes a dynamic impression: the
wide track, large wheels and short overhangs not only characterise
its muscular appearance, they also form part of the formula that
produces its peerless active driving feel. The Audi A5 coupé defines
the new standard in its class for precise steering response,
outstanding directional stability and superb agility, while also
offering first-class ride comfort.
The Audi engineers have achieved this with a completely new design
of running gear: the front wheels are located by a five-link
suspension arrangement with upper and lower wishbones. The wishbones
are mounted on a subframe, which is firmly bolted to the body for
high rigidity. Another completely reengineered component is the rack
and pinion steering. It is located in front of the front axle close
to the wheel centre line, and enhances the car’s very agile handling
by its direct transmission of the steering forces.
Long wheelbase, short overhang
Overall, the front axle is located a long way forward for a
longitudinal engine configuration with front- and four-wheel drive.
This new vehicle architecture makes it possible to have a long
wheelbase with a short front overhang, and to optimise the axle load
distribution. These are all additional elements that enhance the
supreme handling qualities of the new Audi A5. To accomplish this
special design, the engineers used a trick adopted from the Audi A8:
the front axle differential is located in front of the clutch.
A key element of the rear running gear is its trapezoidal-link rear
suspension with completely new kinematics. It provides a high degree
of ride comfort combined with excellent directional stability. At
both the front and rear, the main components of the suspension are
made of aluminium. The generous dimensions of the brakes are
designed to match the car’s high performance ratings. The braking
force can be precisely modulated and the kinematics of the new rear
suspension significantly reduce the so-called braking dive effect.
The standard electromechanical parking brake, familiar from the A8
and A6, is activated via a button next to the gear lever. The A5 is
also available with the option of Audi hold assist: this ensures
that the car cannot accidentally roll back after stopping on a hill.
Generous and superlatively solid
The Audi A5 is nothing if not generous to its driver and passengers.
Its generosity begins with its luxurious spaciousness – not just for
the front row. On the rear seats, too, the A5 is a full-size touring
car. Likewise, with a luggage compartment volume of 455 litres,
there is always space left over for a bit of extra shopping, even on
a long tour. The loading width of one metre allows easy stowage of
large items of luggage, and even well-filled golf bags will fit
widthways into the Audi A5 boot. The rear seat folds in two separate
sections, and can be released conveniently from the boot.
The extremely high bodyshell rigidity, typical of an Audi, provides
the basis both for the car’s crisp handling and its agreeable
feeling of solidness and comfort. In the development of the A5 the
engineers have successfully combined supreme sporty performance and
agility with outstanding vibrational comfort. Its lightweight body
construction was achieved using the latest technologies, such as
metal plates with varying wall thicknesses (tailored blanks),
combined spot welded and bonded joints, and the use of aluminium,
for example, in the front wings.
The smooth surfaces of the additional underbody panel enhance the
Audi A5’s inherently good aerodynamics. One small but typical
example of the extensive high-precision work carried out in the wind
tunnel can be seen in the spoilers moulded into the sides of the
Luxury class high-tech features
Where equipment is concerned, the Audi A5 is characterised by a
comprehensive standard specification. This includes 17-inch alloy
wheels along with automatic air conditioning, the MMI information
and operating system, an audio system with CD player and separate
screen, and the automatically opening boot lid. The new comfort key
and the electromechanical parking brake are also among the items
included in the standard package.
The list of options offers even more luxury class high-tech: Audi
adaptive light combines bi-xenon headlights with the dynamic
cornering light system and the LED strip of daytime running lights.
Keyless access for the doors and boot and keyless engine starting
are all features of the advanced key system. The deluxe automatic
air conditioning system with three temperature zones allows the
passengers to adjust the climate for their individual comfort. The
extra-large panoramic tilting roof lends the A5 an especially
generous feeling of open space. The Audi parking system advanced
features a rearview camera, helping to make tricky parking in
cramped multi-storeys easily negotiable.
The infotainment system is a special highlight of the options range.
Alongside the navigation system with DVD including MMI, DAB digital
radio reception and DVB TV reception, this system also offers pure
delight for the ears: the premium sound system for the Audi A5 is
supplied by the Danish hi-fi specialist Bang & Olufsen. It comprises
14 speakers, 500 watts of music output, surround sound, active
driving noise compensation and, above all, the expertise of a
worldwide renowned specialist for high-end audio equipment, making
every drive in the Audi A5 a delightful acoustic experience.
A made-to-measure coupé
The decision to drive a coupé is always a very emotional one. That
makes it all the more important for a coupé to reflect the personal
wishes and express the ideas of it owner. If any coupé can fulfil
special requests, it is the Audi A5: how about seat side sections in
stone blue Valcona leather, accompanied by seat centre sections in
star silver leather, with matching interior headlining also in star
silver? To go with that, you can add aluminium hologram inlays or
maybe rather laurel wood? The customer has the choice: in terms of
design variety, the Audi A5 is luxury class in the full sense of the
word, with two types of cloth, two leather varieties, the
combination of leather and Alcantara, five different inlays and a
wide range of interior colour schemes. Above and beyond that, the
Audi exclusive programme from quattro GmbH can fulfil virtually
every individual wish.
For those looking for an even stronger sporting intent in the A5,
the Audi S line offers an extra-dynamic look. The S line exterior
package comprises, for example, more distinctive bumpers at the
front and rear. The S line sports package includes items such as
sports seats, steering wheel and gear lever in perforated leather,
black headlining, and special inlays. Even here, there is scope for
individual choice between matt aluminium, piano finish black or
Vavona wood assam grey. The 18-inch alloy wheels and exclusive paint
finishes underscore the look of the S line sports package, while the
sports suspension provides a distinct driving feel.
In a league of its own
The Audi S5
The Audi S5 is a unique competitor among high-performance coupés,
thanks to its combination of V8 FSI technology and quattro permanent
four-wheel drive. The eight-cylinder engine with its superb power
delivery has worthy counterparts in the specially tuned sports
suspension and high-performance brakes. Subtle, but clear design
elements inside and out serve to distinguish this coupé as a high
performance athlete in a league of its own. The Audi S5 goes on sale
with the launch of the Audi A5 series.
Engine and running gear
Fascination no figures can express
The figures alone are fascinating enough, but they only hint at the
impressive driving experience the S5 offers. The eight-cylinder
engine has a rated power output of 260 kW (354 bhp). Its peak torque
is 440 Nm, which it already delivers at 3,500 rpm. Within just 5.1
seconds the Audi S5 can sprint to 100 km/h. But no figures can
adequately describe the supreme free-revving character, the
spontaneous response, the continuous power build-up, or the
thrilling sound of this eight-cylinder engine. The V8 naturally
derives its enormous power potential from the innovative FSI direct
injection technology with high compression and optimum fuel mixture
The six-speed manual gearbox with its very precise guiding of the
gear lever and short throw action makes every gear change a
pleasure. The quattro permanent four-wheel drive of course provides
perfect traction with variable torque distribution from its basic
setting of 40 percent to the front and 60 percent to the rear axle.
Within a fraction of a second, the dynamic drivetrain system adapts
to the current driving conditions and constantly delivers the ideal
distribution of drive torque.
The Audi S5’s sports suspension is tuned to enhance the coupé’s
performance with particularly dynamic handling. The special
high-performance brakes, recognisable by their black painted brake
calipers, always ensure precise deceleration. And finally, the ESP
electronic stabilisation programme can be deactivated in two stages
whenever the driver wishes to exploit the potential of the Audi S5
to the full on a suitable stretch of road.
Design and interiors
Sporty aesthetics with clear functionality
While the design of the Audi A5 forms a balanced synthesis of
sportiness and elegance, the Audi S5 displays the more vigorous
features of a powerfully built athlete: the radiator grille
possesses the specific look of an Audi S model – painted in platinum
grey and fitted with vertical chrome inlays. The front and rear
bumpers have a more pronounced outline and the air inlet grilles are
more striking. The aluminium-look exterior mirror housings make an
overtly sporty impression, as do the colour-keyed door sill trim and
the dual-branch exhaust system with four oval tailpipes.
Nevertheless, the model’s sporty attributes always have a functional
aspect: for instance, the more pronounced spoiler in the boot lid
yields additional aerodynamic downforce.
However, true strength comes from within and the interior design of
the Audi A5 thoroughly underscores its athletic character. The
sports seats, sports steering wheel, instruments with grey dials and
aluminium door sill plates provide a dynamic and refined atmosphere.
The programme does, of course, provide ample scope to fulfil
individual interior design wishes: the inlays are one example – here
the choice is between carbon, aluminium, stainless steel or wood.
After all, the Audi S5 should perfectly match its owner’s individual
ideas and expectations.
Alongside the coupé’s 18-inch wheels with the new S design and
245/40 R 18 tyres, the standard equipment specification for the S5
features items such as xenon plus headlights with impressive daytime
running lights in the form of an LED light strip, or sports seats
with electronic adjustment.