Audi A5

Production Cars 26 Feb 2007
Audi A5

The A5, created by Walter de’Silva, who defined it as the most beautiful car he ever designed, is Audi’s new weapon in the luxury coupe market segment. It will be available from summer 2007.


Audi A5In Audi’s words, the A5 “has been crafted to be a modern grand tourer, a touring coupé in
the best tradition.”

The engines – all with direct fuel injection – have power outputs ranging from 125 to 195 kW (170 to
265 bhp) and the newly developed
running gear features front-wheel drive or quattro
four-wheel drive and a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.

The A5 is available to order from 6 March 2007
with the first vehicles due for delivery from June.

Concept

The Nuvolari quattro concept (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.

With a length of 4.63 m, the Audi A5 clearly belongs to the luxury coupé niche. It has four comfortable seats and a load volume of 455 litres which make it a
long-distance tourer.

Design

“The Audi A5 is the most beautiful car I have ever designed”

Walter de’Silva, Head of Volkswagen Group Design.

Audi A5“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.”

In the A5, the typical Audi’s
progressive design language is characterized by a sporty silhouette with
precisely drawn lines which interplay with the powerful surfaces,
the expressive front face, and the equally distinctive tail end yield.

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.

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.

Audi A5The 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 A5.

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.

Interior Design

Audi A5 interiorThe entire cockpit architecture is focused on the driver and brings
together the instruments and the centre console to form one unit. The interior
design provides a high-quality tactile experience; one example of this 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.

The new key communicates electronically with the vehicle’s
electrical system as soon as it is inserted into the cockpit and it can store
information, such as the vehicle’s current mileage or warning
messages from the Audi A5’s driver information system.

Engines and performances

Audi A5All engines supplied for the new model series feature direct fuel
injection (FSI technology for the gasoline units and common rail TDI for the diesel engines).

The top-of-the-range petrol engine in the Audi A5 is a new 3.2-litre FSI with
valvelift system. This system varies the valve lift between two levels by means of sets of sliding cams which 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 3.2 FSI unit has an output of 195 kW (265 bhp) and a torque of
330 Nm, which is delivered in a rev band of 3,000 to 5,000 rpm. The A5 3.2 FSI quattro with manual
six-speed gearbox sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and the top speed is limited to
250 km/h – as usual.

The fuel
consumption is 8.7 litres per 100 kilometers (3.2 FSI multitronic).

Audi A5The 4-cylinder 1.8 TFSI, delivering
125 kW (170 bhp), will be available from autumn 2007. It combines
turbocharger technology with petrol direct injection

The sporty top-of-the-range TDI is the
revised 3.0-litre engine. It now delivers a power output of 176 kW (240 bhp)
and its maximum torque is 500 Nm. Performances figures are a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 5.9 seconds and a top speed of
250 km/, with an average fuel consumption of just 7.2 litres
per 100 km.

The second TDI engine is a 2.7-litre V6 engine, which delivers 140 kW (190 bhp) and offers a 0-100 km/h acceleration in 7.6 seconds, a top speed of
232 km/h and an average fuel economy of 6.7 litres per 100 km.

Technical Features

The new running
gear features front wheels that 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.

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.

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 lightweight structure was created 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 tail lights.

Equipment

Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, MMI information and operating system, an
audio system with CD player and separate screen, and the automatically opening
boot lid.

Among the optional features are an extra-large
panoramic tilting roof; the Audi adaptive light
with bi-xenon headlights, dynamic cornering light system and the
LED strip of daytime running lights; an
automatic air conditioning system with three temperature zones; a parking system with a rearview camera.

The sound system for the Audi A5 is supplied by the Danish hi-fi specialist
Bang & Olufsen and comprises 14 speakers, 500 watts of music output, surround
sound,

(Source: Audi)

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