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Audi A5

The Audi A5 (internally designated Typ 8T) is a coup produced by the German automobile manufacturer Audi since 2007. It is the coup , cabriolet, and five-door fastback versions of the fourth generation (B8) Audi A4 saloon and estate models.


First generation

Initial release

Audi A5 interior

The A5 marks Audi's return to the compact executive coup market since the (B3/B4) Audi 80-based coup model ended production in 1996. The B6/B7 A4 spawned a convertible variant but not a coup . For the fourth generation A4 (B8), Audi decided to spin off the cabriolet, along with a new coup and five-door hatchback, into a nameplate of its own as the A5.

The new A5 and B8 A4 were based on the Audi MLP platform (Modular Longitudinal Platform) which is planned to underpin the next generation A6 and A8.[1]

The A5 is the third coupe in Audi's line-up, next to the second-generation TT and the R8. The A5 has adopted many design elements of the Nuvolari quattro concept. The A5 debuted with the 3.2-litre FSI V6 engine delivering .

Coup (8T3)

Audi A5 Coup

The design was based on Nuvolari quattro concept car. Audi A5 and S5 Coup models were unveiled simultaneously in Salon International de l'Auto (Geneva)[2] and Melbourne International Motor Shows on March 6, 2007.

Ordering of the A5 and S5 began on June 6, 2007 and the first delivery was made 11 months later.[3] Launch models included 3.2 FSI V6 multitronic and 3.0 TDI quattro 6-speed,[4] with 1.8 TFSI available in autumn 2007.

Early US models included the A5 3.2 FSI quattro and the S5 coup 4.2 FSI quattro. Both vehicles included choice of 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.[5]

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. Current models (.i.e. 2011 are only available with the 2.0 L Turbo engines, the 3.2 L is no longer available for the A5 in Canada.[6]

Cabriolet (8F7) (2009 )

Audi A5 Cabriolet

Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet (convertible) models were scheduled for production in early 2009. 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 coup models, but S5 Cabriolet came with a 3.0 TFSI V6 supercharged engine.[7] The A5 Cabriolet replaces the A4 Cabriolet.[8] Delivery of A5 Cabriolet began in the second quarter of 2009. The vehicle was unveiled in 2009 New York Auto Show.[9]

US 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.[10]

Sportback (8TA)

Audi A5 Sportback The A5 Sportback has four framless doors and a long, tapering roofline, giving it a "coup -like" appearance. It is designed to be "as emotional and elegant as a coupe, as comfortable as a sedan, and as practical as an Avant" according to Audi. While it shares many exterior cues with the A5 coup , the Sportback's interior is actually more similar to the A4 sedan; 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.[11][12] The Sportback has been described as "a sedan with the front end (including an identical S-line look) and taillights of the A5 coupe but the wheelbase of the A4", with the Sportback positioned more as the "designer's car" compared to the more conventional A4 sedan.[13]

The Sportback model is available in Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, Mexico and South Africa, and starts at 36,050. However it is not sold in the United States and Canada.[14]

Early production models included 2.0 TFSI quattro , 3.2 FSI quattro, 2.0 TDI with 6-speed manual gearbox and start/stop system, 2.7 TDI, 3.0 TDI quattro.

Production version went on sale in September 2009, with additional unannounced models beginning in the middle of 2010.[15][16][17]

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

S5 (2007 )

Audi S5 coupe Audi S5 cabriolet

The Audi S5 was released in coup form to the public at the same time as the A5. The Audi S5, in comparison to the A5, features a more aggressive 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 coup and the Cabriolet/Sportback for the 2010 12 model years. The 2010 12 Audi S5 coup had a 4.2 litre Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) V8 engine[1] that produces , while the S5 Cabriolet and Sportback have a supercharged 3.0 litre TFSI V6 engine producing which is shared with the 2010 Audi S4 3.0 TFSI quattro sedan and avant. The coup 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.[18]

RS5 (2010 )

2010 Audi RS5 The Audi RS5, which is only available as a two-door Coup , was presented at 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Audi RS5 Redesigned receives a facelift and is equipped with a 4.2-liter V8 engine that produces at over 8,000 rpm.

The Audi RS5 features a 4.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 with and of torque, which had previously been used in the now-discontinued Audi RS4 (B7)[19], however the RS5's engine tuned for an additional . While the RS4 had only a Getrag 6-speed manual, the RS5's sole transmission is a 7-speed "S tronic" dual clutch semi-automatic.[20]

There are adjustments for ride comfort and driving dynamics. The RS5 also features an integrated boot lid spoiler that automatically deploys above 120 km/h.[21]

The RS5 weighs , 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.[22]

Aluminum A5 Coup (2009)

The Aluminum A5 Coup is a prototype vehicle demonstrating the benefits of the aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF) concept. It is based on Audi A5 Coup 2.0 TFSI with engine, but it uses the aluminum Audi Space Frame, aluminum and carbon fibre-reinforced plastics body. Punch riveting, bonding or laser-MIG hybrid welding replaced spot welding. The vehicle is lighter than the equivalent steel-bodied production model.

The vehicle was built by Audi's Aluminum and Lightweight Design Centre in Neckarsulm.[23]

Ethanol E100 Coup (2010)

It is a prototype designed for the Michelin Challenge Bibendum 2010 series. It includes a 2.0 TFSI engine rated and 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.[24]


Body styles
Body types Coup Cabriolet Sportback
Model Years
A5 1.8 TFSI (118 kW) 2009 2009 2009
A5 1.8 TFSI (125 kW) 2007 2008
A5 2.0 TFSI (132 kW) 2008 2011 2009 2011 2009 2011
A5 2.0 TFSI (155 kW) 2008 2009 2009
S5 3.0 TFSI quattro 2009 2012 2009 2012
A5 3.2 FSI 2007-2011 2009 2011 2009 2011
S5 4.2 FSI quattro 2007 2012
RS5 4.2 FSI quattro 2010
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@rpm
Petrol engines
A5 1.8 TFSI Coup 2007 2008 I4 turbo (CABD) @6200, @1500-4800
A5 1.8 TFSI 2009 I4 turbo (EA888) (CDHB) @6200, @1500-4500
A5 2.0 TFSI 2008 2011 I4 turbo (CDNB) @6000, @1500-3900
A5 2.0 TFSI, 2.0 TFSI quattro 2008 I4 turbo (EA888) (CDNC) @6000, @1500-4200
S5 3.0 TFSI quattro Cabriolet, Sportback 2009 2012 V6 supercharged (CAKA, CCBA) @5500-7000, @2900-5300
A5 3.2 FSI, 3.2 FSI quattro 2007 2011 V6 (CALA) @6500, @3000-5000
S5 4.2 FSI quattro Coup 2007 2012 V8 (CAUA) @7000, @3500
RS5 4.2 FSI quattro Coup 2010 V8 (CFSA) @8250, @4000-6000
Diesel engines
A5 2.0 TDI Sportback 2009 I4 turbo (CAGA) @4200, @1750-2500
A5 2.0 TDI, 2.0 TDI quattro 2008 2011 I4 turbo (CAHA) @4200, @1750-2500
A5 2.7 TDI 2007 2011 V6 turbo (CAMA, CGKA) @3500-4400, @1400-3250
A5 3.0 TDI quattro 2007 2011 V6 turbo (CAPA, CCWA) @4000-4400, @1500-3000
Model Year Types
Petrol engines
A5 1.8 TFSI Coup (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 Coup : 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
A5 3.2 FSI 2007- multitronic
A5 3.2 FSI quattro 2007 Coup : 6-speed manual, 6-speed Tiptronic
Sportback: 7-speed S Tronic
Cabriolet: 7-speed S Tronic
S5 4.2 FSI quattro Coup 2007 6-speed manual, 6-speed Tiptronic
RS5 4.2 FSI quattro Coup 2010 7-speed S-Tronic
Diesel engines
A5 2.0 TDI Sportback (143PS) 2009 multitronic
A5 2.0 TDI (105 kW) 2008 6-speed manual
A5 2.0 TDI quattro (125 kW) 2008 6-speed manual
A5 2.7 TDI Coup and Cabriolet 2007 6-speed manual, multitronic
A5 3.0 TDI quattro 2007 Coup : 6-speed manual, 6-speed Tiptronic
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,[25] which replaced the 6-speed Tiptronic in the UK and Germany markets.

Beginning with the 2011 model year, the A5 2.0 TFSI quattro coup and cabriolet includes 8-speed Tiptronic transmission option, replacing the 6-speed Tiptronic in the US and Canada markets.[26]

For the S5 3.0 TFSI quattro (245 kW), the manual transmission was discontinued for the European market.[27]


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.[28] Appraised for a rarely seen example of an excellent all-round niche car [29] Walter de'Silva has said that the Audi A5 coupe is "his most beautiful design ever" [30]


Audi A5 3.0 TDI won Michelin Challenge Bibendum under the Prototypes category.[31]

The Ethanol E100 Coup clinched overall victory in the Michelin Challenge Bibendum 2010 eco rally over a distance of 350 kilometres.[32]

2012 model year update (2011 )

Audi A5 Sportback facelifted The updated vehicles, covering A5 Coup , Convertible, Sportback and S models, includes 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 overall vehicle is 10 mm longer than predecessor. Sportback model includes 5-seat option.

The updated vehicles were unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.[33]

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. The base model Audi A5 Sportback 1.8 TFSI was sold for 33,350.[34]

A5 DTM (2012 )

Codenamed R17, the Audi A5 DTM is a race car designed for the DTM beginning in year 2012, replacing the Audi A4 DTM.[35] It includes a V8 engine rated at 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.[36] The homologation of the A5 DTM was scheduled for March 1, 2012.


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