Mike Stevens | Jul 13, 2011

2012 AUDI A5

Audi has revealed an aggressive front-end update for its A5 and S5 Coupe, Cabriolet and Sportback line-up, bringing styling and engine tweaks to all but the top-shelf RS 5.

Taking a leaf from the book of the new A6, the A5 range gets a brand-new headlight design, along with a completely restyled front bumper and a subtly tweaked grille design.

The A5's profile remains unchanged, and updates at the rear are limited to a new bumper and revised taillights with optional LED driving lights.

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Inside, the A5 range gets new steering wheel designs, along with a finish for the instrument panel and centre console.

There's a new gear selector for automatic models, an updated MMI infotainment and navigation system with a new toggle-stick controller, and a number of trim updates.

There are also new steering column stalks, a new ignition key and new air-conditioning controls.

As with the new Volkswagen Passat and the Audi A6, the A5 range gains a new Active Lane Assist option, which reads lane markings and can make slight suggestive adjustments to help the driver stay in the current lane.

All A5 models get new rear suspension bearings and damper tuning, along with a revised electromechanical power steering system. Internationally, 17-inch alloy wheels are now standard, while size options range up to 20 inches.

Engine options in the European market kick off with the updated 125kW four-cylinder 1.8 TFSI petrol engine, with fuel consumption listed at 4.7 l/100km.

The existing 2.0 litre TFSI engine's output remains unchanged at 157kW, while a new 200kW 3.0 litre TFSI V6 has joined the line-up.

Diesel engines include a 3.0 litre TDI V6 in 150kW and 180kW trims, and a new Euro VI-compliant diesel will join the range at a later date.

The biggest news in the powertrain pages is the S5 Coupe dropping its 4.2 litre V8 engine and picking up the same 245kW 3.0 litre supercharged V6 that drives the Sportback and Cabriolet models.

The big six loses 15kW to the outgoing V8, but it propels the Coupe to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds - 0.2 seconds quicker than the eight could manage.



Speaking to TMR today, Audi Australia's Sean Poppit confirmed that, with UK showrooms not expecting the updated A5 until December, an Australian debut "will not occur this year." Exact timing is still to be confirmed.


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