Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Audi | posted June 03, 2016 15:32
All-new Audi A5 debuts with restyled exterior, new tech
Nine years after the nameplate's debut in 2007, Audi has officially revealed the second-generation A5 in Germany. Billed as a 2016 model, the A5 gets a massaged exterior design along with a brand-new chassis and upgraded technologies.
Beginning with the chassis, Audi claimed the 2016 A5 is lighter than the outgoing model. As much as 60 kg was shaved off thanks to the use of aluminum and high-strength steel components that allowed for a rigid and light body.
Over to its styling, the 2016 A5 retains the signature profile of the first-generation model. However, the front and rear fascias get subtle tweaks. Up front, the headlights get a slight kink while the grill itself has new slats. The front bumper, on the other hand, gets new air intakes and a more aggressive profile. Towards the back, the second-generation A5 gets Audi's new distinct LED taillights, along with a new rear bumper and integrated trunklid spoiler.
Perhaps the sticking point of the new A5's exterior is the three-dimensional wave-shaped beltline which highlights the car's flared wheel arches. Complimenting it is the set of new alloy wheels that will be available on both the A5 and S5.
Exact dimensions were not yet revealed but Audi stated it has a longer wheelbase. This allows for easier ingress and egress for occupants. Like the new TT, R8 and refreshed A3, the 2016 A5 now gets a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, along with an 8.3-inch center display for the MMI display.
Other features installed on the new A5 include a flat-bottom multifunction steering wheel, automatic climate control, power adjustable leather seats, MMI navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and the optional Bang & Olufsen audio system.
For the European market, five engines will be available in the 2016 A5; two TFSI engines and three TDI motors. Maximum output of the engines now range from 190 PS and 286 PS. Available gearboxes include a 6-speed manual, 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and an 8-speed tiptronic automatic. The first two transmissions will only be available for inline-four models and 218 PS 3.0 TDI. Meanwhile, the 8-speed is reserved for the range-topping 286 PS TDI model.
At the top of the A5 range is the new S5 which gets a slight boost in power. The 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 now produces 354 PS, 21 PS more than the first generation S5. In addition, the S5 also gets S-Line interior fittings along with a bespoke bodykit and uprated brakes and suspension. Quattro all-wheel drive and 8-speed tiptronic gearbox will also be standard on the S5.