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WORLD PREMIERE: Sporty Elegance — Audi A5 and S5 Coupe

Walter de Silva created an icon for Audi, with the current-generation Audi A5 and S5 Coupe. It was one of the most beautiful cars on the road when it debuted and it still stuns even today. When we heard that Audi would be developing a new model without the design works of de Silva, we were a bit worried that it would lost some of the beauty that we so loved. However, now that Audi has finally pulled the curtain off of the brand-new, second-generation Audi A5 and S5 Coupe, we can say that we are certainly not disappointed.

Audi has just made the world premiere of the A5 and S5 Coupe at the Audi Forum in Ingolstadt, which will be followed by a extravagant light show. To give an example of just how important sporty coupes have been to Audi over its long history, Audi gave us all a brief history lesson on the coupe, dating even back to the horse and carriage. Then, the four-ringed brand rolled out the lineage of Audi coupes, starting with such classics as the DKW Monza, Audi 1000 SP and Audi Quattro, following with more modern cars like the original Audi TT Coupe and first-gen Audi A5. Following those was the monstrously loud Audi RS5 DTM racer, driven by Mattias Ekstrom.

Audi A5 Coupé

Finally, after all of those cars drove off of the stage and after much deliberation, two brand-new Audi A5 Coupes burst in and start driving laps around the stage. The Audi S5 then thunders in with its roaring exhaust note. The cars finally come to a stop and we can take a closer look.

At first glance, much of Walter de Silva’s design has remained and it looks much more like a evolution of his famous design, not a revolution. The muscular rear haunches stay, giving the new A5/S5 Coupe a powerful and athletic look. Adding to the look of athleticism is the lower sloping hood and front end, which looks far more aggressive now than it did on the old car. The headlights are sharper and more angular, giving it a sporty, racier look. But they aren’t carryover lights from the A4 and look significantly different. Audi’s new Singleframe style of 3D grille does make its way to the new A5, though, and looks very good. The power dome and sharp lines on the clam-shell hood continue to add to the theme of athleticism.

Audi A5 Coupé

In profile, the new A5/S5 Coupe is very similar to the previous generation, except that the front end slopes noticeably lower and both the front and rear overhangs appear to be shorter. Thank Audi’s new MLB platform for the latter. There’s also a new little vent on the front fender that feeds into the door. The new taillights are slimmer and wider than before and give the rear of the car a wider overall appearance. Overall, the Audi A5/S5 is still a gorgeous car and immediately puts itself into the conversation of being the best looking car in the segment. It also kept the best parts of the previous-gen A5 and just improved on some of the things that were starting to age and look dated.

The Audi S5 will get sportier bits, including a more aggressive lower front bumper and air intakes as well as a small a decklid spoiler and larger, more aggressive wheels. Out back the S5 will have a rear diffuser and quad exhaust pipes, as well.

On the inside, most of the interior is carried over from the new B9-generation Audi A4. However, that’s actually a compliment, as the new Audi A4’s interior is gorgeous and easily best-in-class, so the new Audi A5 gains that title as well. Although, there are some added touches for the A5, such as the ambient lighting on the sides of the center console near the driver’s and passenger’s leg. It also seems a bit more snug on the inside, more driver-focused, thanks to the coupe body style. The rear seat comes with a 40:20:20 split and fold down ability as standard and the trunk has 465 liter of space.

2017 Audi S5 Interior
2017 Audi S5 Interior

All of the interior technology from the Audi A4 is carried over into the new A5, things like the Virtual Cockpit, the latest MMI infotainment system all of Audi’s new driver assistance systems and the more natural voice control system.

In Germany, five engine variants will be available for the Audi A5, with two TFSI engines and three TDI engines. However, we will likely only be getting one engine option in the A5 and it will be the same 2.0 liter TFSI engine from the Audi A4, which makes 252 hp. In the Audi S5, there will only be one engine option and it’s the same as in the Audi S4, a 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged V6 that develops 354 hp and is said to get from 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds.

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The new Audi A5/S5 Coupe will be based on Audi’s new MLB architecture, just like its A4 sibling. What Audi has done with this new platform has worked wonders for the A4, transforming it from a competent but dull luxury car to an exciting and desirable sport sedan. So if Audi can work the same magic on this new generation of Audi A5/S5, we’ll be very excited. It’s even more gorgeous than before, so if it drives better than before, the competition better watch out.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.