A first cursory glance is all it takes to recognize the sporty elegance and driving potential in the coupé’s curves and contours. The new Audi A5 has grown 47 millimeters in length and 13 millimeters in wheelbase. At 1.37 meters, its height remains virtually unchanged. Together with the emphatically short overhangs, the result is a triumph of sporty proportions. Much of what made the first generation of the coupé a style icon has been retained and refined in the new Audi A5 Coupé. Take, for instance, the sharply drawn wave-like shoulder line whose three-dimensional feel now conjures a play with light and shade. This is perfectly complemented by the sweeping line above the wheel arches whose muscular flare hints at the optional quattro technology.
The short rear end of the Audi A5 has distinctly horizontal lines. Separate reflectors in the lower section of the rear spoiler emphasize the car’s broad stance. Its slim, 3D-shaped taillights are fitted as standard with LED technology and the third brake light extends the full width of the rear window. The redesigned front end of the new Audi A5 also sports distinctly horizontal lines that segue seamlessly into the finely contoured headlights, optionally available with Audi Matrix LED technology. These are now positioned slightly above the Singleframe grille, which is flatter, wider and similarly three-dimensionally sculpted.
Beneath the stretched wraparound hood beats the heart of the Gran Turismo: A new generation of TFSI and TDI engines generates more power compared with the predecessor model—between 140 kW and 185 kW—while fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 22 percent. This is helped by such enhancements as a body up to 60 kilograms lighter, a drag coefficient of 0.25 and a fine-tuned start-stop system that comes as standard. When the car approaches a red light, the start-stop system deactivates the engine as soon as the speed drops below 7 km/h (with S tronic transmission). Power is distributed to the wheels either manually via a six-speed gearbox or via the seven-speed S tronic. Audi quattro all-wheel technology is optionally available with the other power units.
As a first for the Audi A5 with manual transmission, the new quattro drive features ultra technology. It harnesses all the benefits of front-wheel drive whenever possible, but rear-wheel drive is permanently on call. To determine specific requirements, the system continuously records and evaluates a wide range of information one hundred times per second. The switch to all-wheel drive is triggered both predictively and reactively. During cornering, for instance, the control unit calculates what’s happening roughly 0.5 seconds in advance, basing its predictions on driving style, the status of the ESC stabilization system and the driving mode chosen with Audi drive select. Whenever a driving situation cannot be predicted—such as when the car suddenly hits sheet ice—the system switches to quattro all-wheel drive reactively.
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on the move in the South Tyrolean Alps
The Audi A5 is not just a style icon, it’s a car designed to be enjoyed on the move. On our trip through the South Tyrolean Alps, the sheer feeling of freedom and independence it inspires is paired with an elegant athleticism. Crossing the Brenner Pass, the peaks of the Dolomites slowly come into view. They are arguably the most impressive part of the Alps region. Huge stone pinnacles with strange rock formations jut into the sky. The majestic line of peaks includes Marmolada, Schlern, Langkofel, the Sella group and the Drei Zinnen, the “three peaks.” Le Corbusier once dubbed the Dolomites the “most beautiful architecture in the world.”
Today, it would seem their imposing aura is a source of inspiration for more and more building owners as modern architecture—pioneered by Le Corbusier among others—increasingly finds its way into the Alpine region. Wood and stone are among the typical materials used in construction, along with steel, concrete and glass. Towns like Brixen, Bolzano and Merano in South Tyrol are good starting points to view such compelling feats of architecture. They include the Forst brewery with its new brewhouse, the Margreid fire station carved into the mountainside, the Perathoner woodcarving workshop decorated with shingles, the Mirror Houses and the Timmelsjoch Pass Museum in the shape of a larger-than-life glacial boulder.
Audi A5 Coupé 2.0 TDI fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined (in l/100 km): 5.0-4.8/4.0–3.7/4.3–4.1. CO2 emissions combined (in g/km): 113–107. Audi Audi A5 Coupé 2.0 TFSI fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined (in l/100 km): 7.6-7.4/5.2-4.8/6.3-5.9. CO2 emissions combined (in g/km): 144-136. Where stated in ranges, fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and efficiency classes depend on tires/wheels used.