According to a press release from Audi, the company has decided to forego the usual route for debuting a vehicle and opted instead to hold a special event. The new 2017 Audi A5 and S5 sports coupes made their world debut in Ingolstadt, Germany to select group. The company was reportedly pleased enough with the first generation A5’s appearance to leave the second gen’s mostly intact save for a quick face lift, some lipo here and there… nothing a Hollywood plastic surgeon couldn’t bang out over a long lunch break.
The new A5 will launch in Germany with five engine choices: two TFSI and three TDI units. Output for the engines range from 190 hp to 286 hp, although further details were not provided. According to a press release, the engines deliver up to 17% more performance while becoming more fuel efficient, up to 22% more. The sport-variant S5 will come with a newly developed 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that puts out 354 hp, up 21 hp over the previous S5. 0-62 (100 kph) comes in 4.7 seconds for the S5 while achieving a claimed 32.2 mpg. The new coupes have gone on a diet and become more aerodynamic, resulting in weight reduction of up to 132 pounds and coefficient of drag of 0.25, both while getting a longer wheelbase.
On the inside, Audi states the cars have space for driver and passengers that is “more generous”… just how much more was not disclosed. Also found inside the cabin is optional ambient lighting that allows owners to select between 30 shades. Moving towards the rear of the car, cargo volume has grown 0.4 cubic feet. Also inside is a new voice control system that Audi says will allow user to use more natural language to accomplish such feats as making a hands-free phone call.
Safety features and driver aids include active lane assist, adaptive cruise control including traffic jam assist, park assist, rear cross traffic assist, exit warning, collision avoidance assist, and turn assist. The cars will also be able to recognize traffic signs and tell you what you’re doing wrong.. ok, I made that last part up.
Look for the new 2017 Audi A5 to launch in Europe in the fall. No word yet on when it will appear stateside. We will bring you updates as soon as we hear something. Until then, check out video below of the A6 if four doors better suit your needs.