Audi A5

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Audi A5
Audi A5 3.2 FSI Quattro.jpg
Manufacturer Audi logo detail.svg Audi AG
Production B8: 2007–2016,
B9: 2016–present[1]
Layout Longitudinal front-engine, front-wheel-drive or quattro permanent four-wheel-drive

The Audi A5 is a series of compact executive cars produced by the German automobile manufacturer Audi since 2007. The A5 range comprises the coupé, cabriolet, and "Sportback" (a five-door hatchback coupé featuring a fastback-like roofline with a steeply raked rear window with integrated trunk lid) version of the Audi A4 saloon and estate models.

Under Audi's internal platform numbering convention, the A5 is a member of the B-platform series of vehicles, sharing its platform designation with the A4 saloon and Avant. The first generation A5 (Type 8T) is therefore a member of the B8 family, whilst the second generation 2016 model is based on the B9.[2] Both are derived from the Volkswagen MLB (Modular Longditudinal Matrix) architecture.

First generation (2007–2016)[edit]

Audi A5 (8T)
2008-2011 Audi A5 (8T) 3.0 TDI quattro coupe (2011-11-18).jpg
Coupe (pre-facelift)
Manufacturer Audi
Production 2007-2016
Assembly Ingolstadt, Germany
Neckarsulm, Germany
Designer Walter de Silva
Satoshi Wada (2003)
Achim Badstübner(facelift)[3][4]
Markus Gleitz (Sportback)
Body and chassis
Class Entry-level luxury car (D)
Body style 2-door coupé
2-door cabriolet
5-door hatchback coupé
Layout longitudinal front engine,
front-wheel drive / quattro permanent four-wheel drive
Platform MLB/MLP
Engine 1.8 L TFSI I4
2.0 L TFSI I4
3.2 L FSI V6
3.0 L TFSI V6
4.2 L FSI V8
2.0 L TDI I4
2.7 L TDI V6
3.0 L TDI V6
Transmission 6-speed manual,
6-speed Tiptronic automatic
7-speed S tronic semi-automatic
8-speed Tiptronic Automatic
Multitronic CVT
Wheelbase Coupé & Cabriolet: 2,751 mm (108.3 in)
Sportback: 2,811 mm (110.7 in)
Length Coupé & Cabriolet: 4,626 mm (182.1 in)
Sportback: 4,712 mm (185.5 in)
Width 1,854 mm (73.0 in)
Height Coupé: 1,372 mm (54.0 in)
Cabriolet: 1,383 mm (54.4 in)
Sportback: 1,391 mm (54.8 in)
Kerb weight Coupé: 1,500 kg (3,307 lb)
Cabriolet: 1,695 kg (3,737 lb)
Sportback: 1,565 kg (3,450 lb)
Predecessor Audi A4 Convertible
Audi 90
Coupe (pre-facelift)
Cabriolet (pre-facelift)
Sportback (pre-facelift)

Initial release[edit]

The A5 marked Audi's return to the entry-level luxury coupé market since the (B3/B4) Audi 80–based coupé model ended production in 1996. On May 10, 2006, Audi confirmed that the A5 would go into production. The B6/B7 A4 spawned a convertible variant but not a coupé. For the fourth generation A4 (B8), Audi decided to spin off the cabriolet, along with a new coupé and five-door hatchback coupé, into a nameplate of its own as the A5.

The A5 was the first of the B8 family of vehicles to be released (the others being the A4 and the Q5 crossover SUV), all based on the Audi MLP platform (Modular Longitudinal Platform) which underpin the next generation A6 and A8.[5]

The A5 is the third coupé in Audi's line-up, following the second-generation TT and the R8. The A5 adopted design elements of the Nuvolari quattro concept car. The A5 debuted with the 3.2-litre FSI V6 engine delivering 195 kW (265 PS; 261 hp).

Coupé (8T3)[edit]

The design was based on the Nuvolari quattro concept car. Both the Audi A5 and the S5 Coupé models were unveiled simultaneously in Salon International de l'Auto (Geneva)[6] and Melbourne International Motor Shows on March 6, 2007.

Ordering of the A5 and S5 began on March 6, 2007 and the first deliveries were made in June 2007.[7] Launch models included 3.2 FSI V6 engine multitronic and 3.0 TDI quattro 6-speed,[8] with 1.8 TFSI available in autumn 2007.

Early U.S. models included the A5 3.2 FSI quattro and the S5 coupé 4.2 FSI quattro. Both included either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The S5 model went on sale in November 2007, equipped only with a manual transmission, while the A5 and the Tiptronic went on sale beginning spring of 2008.[9]

Canadian models went on sale in 2008. Launch model included A5 3.2 FSI with choice of 6-speed manual or 6-speed Tiptronic transmission. Since 2011 only the 2.0 L Turbo engines are available for the A5 in Canada.[10] In 2013 Audi introduced the new A5 Black Edition.

Cabriolet (8F7) (2009–)[edit]

Both the Audi A5 and the S5 Cabriolet (convertible/cabriolet) production began in early 2009. The A5 Cabriolet included a fabric roof as opposed to a retractable hardtop as on the Volkswagen Eos. The engine ranges are same as contemporary A5 coupé models, but S5 Cabriolet came with a 3.0 TFSI V6 supercharged engine.[11] The A5 Cabriolet replaces the A4 Cabriolet.[12] Delivery of A5 Cabriolet began in the second quarter of 2009. The vehicle was unveiled in 2009 New York Auto Show.[13]

The U.S. versions of A5 and S5 Cabriolet went on sale in September 2009 as a 2010 model. Early models included A5 2.0 I4 TFSI multitronic, A5 2.0 quattro Tiptronic, S5 quattro S Tronic.[14]

Sportback (8TA)[edit]

The A5 Sportback has four frameless doors and a long, tapering fastback-like roofline, giving it a "four-door coupé-like" appearance. While it shares many exterior cues with the A5 coupé, the Sportback's interior is similar to the A4 saloon; although all A5 models have same platform as the A4, the Sportback is closer in design to the A4 than the rest of the A5 family.[15][16] The Sportback has been described as "a saloon with the front end (including an identical S-line look) and taillights of the A5 coupé but the wheelbase of the A4", with the Sportback positioned more as the "designer's car" compared to the more conventional A4 saloon.[17]

The Sportback model is available in Europe, Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, Mexico, Argentina, and South Africa. Although not originally sold in the United States and Canada.,[18] the A5 Sportback is scheduled to enter the North American market as a 2018 model in early 2017.[19]

Early production models included 2.0 TFSI quattro 155 kW (211 PS; 208 hp), 3.2 FSI quattro, 2.0 TDI 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp) with 6-speed manual gearbox and start/stop system, 2.7 TDI, 3.0 TDI quattro.

Production versions went on sale in September 2009.[20][21][22]

The A5 Sportback is available with two petrol engines or three diesel engines.

S5 (2007–)[edit]

See also: Audi S5
Audi S5 Coupé (8T3, Germany)
Audi S5 Cabriolet (8F7, Australia)

The Audi S5 was released in coupé form to the public at the same time as the A5. The Audi S5, in comparison to the A5, features a different fascia (as do most Audi S and RS models), including a string of LED daytime running lights around the bi-Xenon headlamps and a vertically striped chrome grille. In many markets, the S5 includes as standard, 19" alloy wheels with a five-parallel spoke design, bigger brakes, heated leather sport seats, and other convenience features, some of which are available only as an option on the A5. Changes for 2010 model year include LED tail lamps, the introduction of Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels, and new optional equipment such as Leather/Alcantara seats.

Despite sharing the same nameplate, the powertrains were different between the coupé and the Cabriolet/Sportback for the 2010–12 model years. The 2010–12 Audi S5 coupé had a 4.2-litre Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) V8 engine[5] that produces 260 kW (349 hp), while the S5 Cabriolet and Sportback have a supercharged 3.0-litre TFSI V6 engine producing 245 kW (329 hp) which is shared with the 2010 Audi S4 3.0 TFSI quattro sedan and avant. The coupé had a choice of either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed Tiptronic, while the Cabriolet/Sportback have the 7-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission.[23]

Aluminium A5 Coupé (2009)[edit]

The Aluminium A5 Coupé is a prototype vehicle demonstrating the aluminium Audi Space Frame (ASF) concept. It is based on Audi A5 Coupé 2.0 TFSI with 155 kW (211 PS; 208 hp) engine, but it uses the aluminium Audi Space Frame, aluminium and carbon fibre-reinforced plastics body. Punch riveting, bonding or laser-MIG hybrid welding replaced spot welding. The vehicle is 110 kg (243 lb) lighter than the equivalent steel-bodied production model.

The vehicle was built by Audi's Aluminium and Lightweight Design Centre in Neckarsulm.[24]

RS5 (2010–)[edit]

Audi RS5 coupe
Audi RS5 coupe

Available in coupé body, it is a version of Audi A5 with 4.2 FSI engine rated 450 PS (331 kW; 444 hp)@8250rpm and 430 N·m (317.15 lb·ft)@4000-6000rpm,[25] seven-speed S tronic transmission, Audi drive select, quattro permanent all-wheel drive with crown-gear centre differential and electronic torque vectoring, 20 mm (0.79 in) lower than Audi A5, 19-inch alloy wheels in an exclusive 5-arm structure design with 265/35 tires (optional 19-inch winter wheels), 365 mm (14.37 in) diameter ventilated aluminum front brake discs (optional 380 mm (14.96 in) diameter ceramic carbon-fiber front brake discs), aluminum 8-piston brake calipers with RS logos in high-gloss black, electronic stabilization program with integrated sport mode, speed-dependent servotronic steering, Audi drive select with three (4 with MMI navigation system) modes of operation (comfort, auto, and dynamic, optional custom), optional MMI navigation system, optional dynamic steering, single-frame grille with a shiny charcoal-gray rhombus-pattern grid, Xenon plus headlights with a sweeping strip of LED daytime running lights, redesigned bumper tapers downward into a splitter, flared fenders inspired by Audi quattro, side sills with angular caps, trim strips with aluminum look on the single-frame grille and near the side windows and the outside mirrors; a choice of 8 body colours, two oval exhaust pipes integrated within the bumper, spoiler in the tailgate automatically extends at 120 km/h (75 mph) and retracts at 80 km/h (50 mph),[26] extensively clad underbody integrating air vents for the seven-speed S tronic and the front brakes, electrically adjustable sports seats in leather/Alcantara combination upholstery with side sections and integrated head restraints (optional bucket seats with more prominent contours and folding backrests, ventilated and luxuriously upholstered climate-controlled comfort seats; optional seat upholstery featuring special leathers and colors as well as silver headlining), steering wheel upholstered in perforated leather, black gauges with white lettering and distinctive scaling, driver information system with integrated lap timer and an oil-temperature gauge, black interior with decorative inlays made of carbon fiber (optional dark stainless-steel mesh, black piano finish or brushed aluminum inlay), instrument panel fascia in piano finish, pedals, footrests, optional MMI navigation systems' control buttons in aluminum; door handles with two slim strips, aluminum inserts at door sill trims and RS 5 logos, optional suede-covered controls and floor mats bearing RS 5 logos, sport exhaust system with a sound flap and black tailpipe trims.

A Carbon design package is available for the engine compartment and, for the vehicle body. Styling packages includes black or matt aluminum look.

The RS 5 weighs 1,800 kg (3,968 lb), with 56.3 percent at the front and 43.7 in the rear which makes it prone to understeer, however Audi has added two electro-mechanical systems to counter its nose-heaviness. The stability-control system attempts to stop front-end plow before it happens by squeezing the brakes on the inside wheels which effectively drag those tires enough to pull the car into the corner. The RS5 also has an active rear differential that can apportion power between the rear wheels to create a similar effect, or even oversteer; in normal conditions, quattro all-wheel drive delivers 60 percent of the engine’s torque rearward and rising to as much as 85 percent depending on conditions.[27]

According to Quattro GmbH chief Stephan Reil, the 4.2 FSI engine is based upon Audi's 5.2 FSI V10 engine (found in the D3 Audi S8 and Audi R8) with two cylinders removed.[28][29]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Sales of the Audi RS 5 began in spring 2010.[30]

Ethanol E100 Coupé (2010)[edit]

It is a prototype designed for the Michelin Challenge Bibendum 2010 series. It includes a 2.0 TFSI engine rated 132 kW (179 PS; 177 hp) and 320 N·m (236 lbf·ft) torque, six-gear manual quattro transmission. It accelerates from 0–100 kilometers per hour in 6.9 seconds with top speed of 236 km/h (146 miles per hour), and weighted 1,310 kilograms. The car officially consumes 9.9 litres per 100 km (24 miles per gallon U.S.) when running on ethanol, but drivers managed 9.5 l/100 km (25 mpg) on ethanol during the Michelin Challenge Bibendum Rallye.[31]

S5 Special Edition (2012–)[edit]

It is a limited (125 units) version of 2012 S5 4.2 FSI quattro Coupé for the U.S. market, commemorating the end of Audi S5 4.2 FSI quattro production. It included Prestige Package, Daytona Grey body colour, 19-inch 5-spoke Rotor design wheels, a two-tone Polar Silver and Black S5 sport seats, silver contrast stitching on the seats, armrests, shifter and steering wheel; floor mats with a silver leather border, aluminum 'Audi exclusive' badges on door panels, carbon fiber beltline, piano black instrument cluster.[32][33]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Audi Club North America meeting at Infineon Raceway.[34]


Body styles[edit]
Body types Coupé Cabriolet Sportback
Model Years
A5 1.8 TFSI (118 kW) 2009– 2009– 2009–
A5 1.8 TFSI (125 kW) 2007–2008
A5 1.8 TFSI (130 kW) 2012-2016 2016–
A5 2.0 TFSI (132 kW) 2008–2011 2009–2011 2009–2011
A5 2.0 TFSI (155 kW) quattro 2008– 2009– 2009–
A5 3.0 TFSI quattro 2012– 2009– 2009–
A5 3.2 FSI 2007–2011 2009–2011 2009–2011
S5 4.2 FSI quattro 2007–2012
RS5 4.2 FSI quattro 2010– 2012–
A5 2.0 TDI (105 kW) 2010– 2010–
A5 2.0 TDI (125 kW) 2008–2011 2009–2011 2009–2011
A5 2.7 TDI 2007–2011 2009–2011 2009–2011
A5 3.0 TDI (177 kW) 2007–2011 2009–2011 2009–2011
Model Years Type/code Power, torque at rpm
Petrol engines
A5 1.8 TFSI Coupé 2007–2008 1,798 cc (109.7 cu in) I4 turbo (CABD) 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp) at 6200, 250 N·m (184 lbf·ft) at 1500-4800
A5 1.8 TFSI 2009– 1,798 cc (109.7 cu in) I4 turbo (EA888) (CDHB) 118 kW (160 PS; 158 hp) at 6200, 250 N·m (184 lbf·ft) at 1500-4500
A5 1.8 TFSI 2016– 1,798 cc (109.7 cu in) I4 turbo (CJEE) (CDHB) 130 kW (177 PS; 174 hp) at 6200, 320 N·m (236 lbf·ft) at 1400-4500
A5 2.0 TFSI 2008–2011 1,984 cc (121.1 cu in) I4 turbo (CDNB) 132 kW (179 PS; 177 hp) at 6000, 320 N·m (236 lbf·ft) at 1500-3900
A5 2.0 TFSI, 2.0 TFSI quattro 2008– 1,984 cc (121.1 cu in) I4 turbo (EA888) (CDNC) 155 kW (211 PS; 208 hp) at 6000, 350 N·m (258 lbf·ft) at 1500-4200
A5 3.0 TFSI, 3.0 TFSI quattro 2011– 2,995 cc (182.8 cu in) V6 supercharged 200 kW (272 PS; 268 hp) at 4780-6500, 400 N·m (295 lbf·ft) at 2150-4780
A5 3.2 FSI, 3.2 FSI quattro 2007–2011 3,197 cc (195.1 cu in) V6 (CALA) 195 kW (265 PS; 261 hp) at 6500, 330 N·m (243 lbf·ft) at 3000-5000
S5 3.0 TFSI quattro Cabriolet, Sportback 2009– 2,995 cc (182.8 cu in) V6 supercharged (CAKA, CCBA) 245 kW (333 PS; 329 hp) at 5500-7000, 440 N·m (325 lbf·ft) at 2900-5300
S5 4.2 FSI quattro Coupé 2007–2012 4,163 cc (254.0 cu in) V8 (CAUA) 260 kW (354 PS; 349 hp) at 7000, 440 N·m (325 lbf·ft) at 3500
RS5 4.2 FSI quattro Coupé 2010– 4,163 cc (254.0 cu in) V8 (CFSA) 331 kW (450 PS; 444 hp) at 8250, 430 N·m (317 lbf·ft) at 4000-6000
Diesel engines
A5 2.0 TDIe Sportback 2011– 1,968 cc (120.1 cu in) I4 turbo 100 kW (136 PS; 134 hp) at 4200, 320 N·m (236 lbf·ft) at 1750-2500
A5 2.0 TDI Sportback 2009– 1,968 cc (120.1 cu in) I4 turbo (CAGA) 105 kW (143 PS; 141 hp) at 4200, 320 N·m (236 lbf·ft) at 1750-2500
A5 2.0 TDI, 2.0 TDI quattro 2008–2011 1,968 cc (120.1 cu in) I4 turbo (CAHA) 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp) at 4200, 350 N·m (258 lbf·ft) at 1750-2500
A5 2.0 TDI, 2.0 TDI multitronic 2011– 1,968 cc (120.1 cu in) I4 VTG turbo (CGLC) 130 kW (177 PS; 174 hp) at 4200, 380 N·m (280 lbf·ft) at 1750-2500
A5 2.7 TDI 2007–2011 2,698 cc (164.6 cu in) V6 turbo (CAMA, CGKA) 140 kW (190 PS; 188 hp) at 3500-4400, 400 N·m (295 lbf·ft) at 1400-3250
A5 3.0 TDI quattro 2007–2011 2,967 cc (181.1 cu in) V6 turbo (CAPA, CCWA) 177 kW (241 PS; 237 hp) at 4000-4400, 500 N·m (369 lbf·ft) at 1500-3000
Model Year Types
Petrol engines
A5 1.8 TFSI Coupé (125 kW) 2007–2008 ?
A5 1.8 TFSI (118 kW) 2009– 6-speed manual, multitronic
A5 2.0 TFSI (132 kW) 2008– 6-speed manual, multitronic
Cabriolet: multitronic
A5 2.0 TFSI (155 kW) 2008– 6-speed manual, multitronic
A5 2.0 TFSI quattro (155 kW) 2008– Coupé: 6-speed manual, 7-speed S tronic, 6-speed Tiptronic, 8-speed Tiptronic
Sportback: 6-speed manual, 7-speed S Tronic
Cabriolet: 7-speed S Tronic, 8-speed Tiptronic
S5 3.0 TFSI quattro Cabriolet, Sportback 2009– 7-Speed S tronic, 6-speed manual
A5 3.2 FSI 2007– multitronic
A5 3.2 FSI quattro 2007– Coupé: 6-speed manual, 6-speed Tiptronic
Sportback: 7-speed S Tronic
Cabriolet: 7-speed S Tronic
S5 4.2 FSI quattro Coupé 2007– 6-speed manual, 6-speed Tiptronic
RS5 4.2 FSI quattro Coupé 2010– 7-speed S-Tronic
Diesel engines
A5 2.0 TDI Sportback (143PS) 2009– multitronic
A5 2.0 TDIe (100 kW) 2011– 6-speed manual
A5 2.0 TDI (105 kW) 2008– 6-speed manual
A5 2.0 TDI quattro (125 kW) 2008– 6-speed manual
A5 2.0 TDI (130 kW) 2011– 6-speed manual and multitronic
A5 2.0 TDI Quattro S Line (130 kW) 2011– 6-speed manual and 7-speed S tronic
A5 2.7 TDI Coupé and Cabriolet 2007– 6-speed manual, multitronic
A5 3.0 TDI quattro 2007– Coupé: 6-speed manual, 6-speed Tiptronic, 7-speed S Tronic (after May 2010)
Sportback: 6-speed manual, 7-speed S Tronic
Cabriolet: 7-speed S Tronic

In 2009, Audi announced the 7-speed S Tronic transmission option for A5 with 2.0 TFSI quattro (155 kW) for the UK market,[35] which replaced the 6-speed Tiptronic in the UK and Germany markets.

Beginning with the 2011 model year, the A5 2.0 TFSI quattro coupé and cabriolet includes 8-speed Tiptronic transmission option, replacing the 6-speed Tiptronic in the U.S. and Canada markets.[36]

For the S5 3.0 TFSI quattro (245 kW), the manual transmission was discontinued for the European market.[37]


Titanium Package was introduced in 2011 model year of A5 Coupe, S5 Coupe sold in the U.S.[38]


The car was praised for its design, build quality, performance, and all-wheel drive system, and is favorably viewed by the majority of the motoring press.[39] Appraised for a rarely seen example of an excellent all-round niche car [40] Walter de'Silva has said that the Audi A5 coupe is "his most beautiful design ever" [41]


Audi A5 3.0 TDI won Michelin Challenge Bibendum under the Prototypes category.[42]

The Ethanol E100 Coupé clinched overall victory in the Michelin Challenge Bibendum 2010 eco rally over a distance of 350 kilometres.[31]


TV commercial for the A5 Sportback used sound from Audi Sound Studio.[43]

2012 model year Facelift (2011–)[edit]

The facelift vehicles, covering A5 Coupé, Convertible, Sportback, S and RS models, include updated front and rear lights, as well as a new front bumper design. The new front end includes pronounced air inlets, revamped grilles and flat fog lights. The vehicle is 10 millimetres (0.39 in) longer overall than the predecessor.

Changes to S5 (available as Sportback, Coupé and Cabriolet) include the 3.0 TFSI (333PS) engines on all models, new lights, modified body details, new crystal-effect paint finishes, quattro drive with the crown-gear center differential, electromechanical power steering. special S sport suspension, standard 18-inch wheels.

The updated vehicles were unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.[44]

Sales began in Europe in 2011 as 2012 model year vehicles. Early models include A5 1.8 TFSI, A5 2.0 TFSI, A5 3.0 TFSI, S5 3.0 TFSI, 2.0 TDI and 3.0 TDI. The base model is the Audi A5 Sportback 1.8 TFSI.[45]

U.S. models of A5, S5 went on sale as 2013 model year vehicles.[46]

RS 5 Coupé[edit]

2012 Audi RS5 Coupé

Changes to RS 5 Coupé included upgraded dampers and springs on the suspension front, new electric power steering replacing engine-driven hydraulic power steering, exclusive retractable rear spoiler, red cam covers and a carbon-fibre intake manifold, optional piano black trim, 20-inch graphite-coloured wheels, a sport exhaust system with black finishers.

RS 5 Coupé was unveiled in 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show,[47] followed by 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

U.S. models of RS 5 Coupé went on sale as 2013 model year vehicles.[46]

Indian model of RS 5 Coupé went on sale as 2013 model year vehicle for Rs 96.81 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).[48][49]

RS 5 Cabriolet (2013–)[edit]

Audi RS5 Cabriolet

The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Paris Motor Show. Production of the RS5 ended permanently in June 2015. A race version of the S5, the RS5 has a throaty valved exhaust whose note can be tuned to suit driving conditions and personal preference. A heavy and naturally aspirated 4.2 V8 churns out 450 horsepower.[50] A common issue with the beautifully styled Brembo "scalloped" big braking system is a flawed cooling design for the front rotors which warp under normal braking conditions. Although aware of the flaw and because the model was being phased out, Audi Corporate decided to take a wait and see approach rather than recall as the repair would have meant installing proper ducting which had been blocked with extra engine air intakes and neglecting air flow to the front brakes. Expect to replace front rotors and pads about every 15k miles.

Deliveries of Audi RS 5 Cabriolet began in early 2013 in Germany.[51][52]

U.S. model of Audi RS 5 Cabriolet went on sale in April 2013 as 2013 model year vehicle.[53]

A5 DTM (2012–)[edit]

Main article: Audi A5 DTM

Codenamed R17, the Audi A5 DTM is a race car designed for the DTM beginning in year 2012, replacing the Audi A4 DTM.[54] It includes a V8 engine rated at 340 kW (462 PS; 456 hp) with 6-speed transmission (from previous A4 DTM car), pneumatically operated using paddle shifters in the steering wheel, engine electronics (Bosch MS 5.1) and the central display from Audi R8 LMS, larger and wider tires from Hankook, 120-litre safety fuel tank inside carbon fiber cell, and a larger rear wing. The prototype was built by Audi Sport in Ingolstadt.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2011 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt.[55] The homologation of the A5 DTM was scheduled for March 1, 2012.


The 'ugly duckling' used in The Swan TV commercial

As part of the 2012 A5 launch in the UK, BBH London, Park Pictures, The Whitehouse and The Mill produced a TV commercial titled 'The Swan' (directed by Joachim Back), inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's tale of 'The Ugly Duckling'. The commercial featured black and white shots of the rebodied 1920 Audi concept car designed by Audi engineer Paul Jaray, trawling the streets of a sleepy Bavarian village, the streamlined model gets shunned by disapproving locals not taking too well the new aerodynamic design. After retiring in a nearby forest, the 'ugly' car transforms into the new Audi A5, metaphorically becoming the 'beautiful' white swan. The soundtrack features Danny Kaye singing the children's classic Ugly Duckling.[56][57][58][59]

2013 update[edit]

A5 (2013–)[edit]

Changes to Audi A5 Sportback includes forced induction and direct injection on all engine models, standard start-stop-system; optional sport differential on 3.0 TDI quattro and the 3.0 TFSI quattro, optional MMI navigation plus.

Changes to A5 Cabriolet includes optional neck-level heating, special coating for optional leather seats.

Early German A5 models include 1.8 TFSI (170PS) (Sportback/Coupé/Cabriolet), 2.0 TFSI (225PS) (Sportback/Coupé/Cabriolet), 2.0 TFSI quattro (225PS) (Sportback/Coupé/Cabriolet), 3.0 TFSI quattro (272PS) (Sportback/Coupé/Cabriolet), 2.0 TDI (150PS) (Sportback/Cabriolet), 2.0 TDI (177PS) (Sportback/Coupé/Cabriolet), 2.0 TDI quattro (177PS) (Sportback/Coupé/Cabriolet), 3.0 TDI (204PS) (Sportback/Coupé/Cabriolet), 3.0 TDI quattro (245PS) (Sportback/Coupé/Cabriolet), 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro (245PS) (Sportback/Coupé/Cabriolet).[60]

S5 (2013–)[edit]

Available in Sportback, Coupé, Cabriolet bodies, it includes 3.0 TFSI engine rated 333 PS (245 kW; 328 hp) and 440 N·m (325 ft·lbf), seven-speed S tronic transmission, S sport suspension, electronically controlled shock absorbers, dynamic steering, optional Audi drive select, 18-inch aluminum wheels.[61]

RS 5 Coupé, RS 5 Cabriolet (2013–)[edit]

Available in Coupé and Cabriolet bodies, it is a version of A5 with 4.2 FSI engine rated 450 PS (331 kW; 444 hp) and 500 N·m (369 ft·lbf), seven-speed S tronic transmission, quattro permanent all-wheel drive system with crown-gear center differential and torque vectoring (optional quattro with sport differential rear axle), 20 mm (0.79 in) lower body, electromechanical power steering, exclusive 19-inch forged alloy wheels, optional carbon fiber-ceramic brake discs, Audi drive select dynamics system, optional RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC).[62]

RS 5 Cabriolet was unveiled in Wörthersee 2013,[63] followed by Frankfurt Motor Show 2013.

A5 DTM Champion (2013–)[edit]

Main article: Audi RS5 DTM

It is a limited (300 units) version of Audi A5 Coupé for European market, celebrating the success of Audi works driver Mike Rockenfeller winning 2013 DTM season. It included a choice of 4 engines (2.0 TDI quattro (177PS), 3.0 TDI quattro (245PS), 2.0 TFSI quattro (225PS), 3.0 TFSI quattro (272PS)), a choice of 3 body colours (Misano red, Daytona gray and Glacier white), DTM badges on the door sill trims, the fenders and the side sills; fixed rear wing in body color, exterior mirrors in aluminum look, 20-inch cast aluminum wheels in 5 V-spoke design.

The vehicle went on sale in 2013-10-21.[64][65]


As part of RS 5 Cabriolet launch, Audi Land of quattro Alpen Tour 2013 featured RS 5 Cabriolet begins on September 23, travelling across twelve driving stages in 6 countries (Klagenfurt – the capital of Carinthia, Austria, Monaco).[66]


Audi had problems with the oil consumption in the engines of the models between the years 2009 - 2011.[67] More than 200 car owners in Switzerland were affected as well.[68] In Switzerland if your car has less than 100000 km and is below 5 years old, the hardware is replaced and paid 100% by Audi. If the car is between 100000 and 200000 km and below 5 years, the hardware is paid 100%, however 50% of the work has to be paid by the car owner.

Second generation (2016–present)[edit]

2016 Audi A5

The all-new Audi A5 and S5 Coupé were unveiled in June 2016. The A5[69] is powered by a turbo 2.0-liter engine matched to a dual-clutch 7-speed automatic gearbox, while the S5[70] is propelled by a turbocharged 3.0-liter engine worked with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The notable feature on the Audi's latest coupé is the Virtual Cockpit instrument panel. This is based on the ninth generation of the Volkswagen Group MLB Platform. The all-new Audi RS5 Coupé was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

RS 5[edit]

Audi RS5 Coupé 2018

II generation "RS5" was unveiled in 2018 The Geneva Motor Show.
Engine: 2.9 V6 TFSI (Twin-Turbo) 450 h.p


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