Audi’s refreshed A5 model series has now arrived in showrooms across the Middle East including Dubai. The Sportback, the Coupé and the Cabriolet models now feature cutting-edge technologies which make them even more efficient, sporty and powerful and all are selling well in Dubai UAE.
Audi has revised the front and rear styling and added new color options to the interior of the A5 and S5 for the 2012 model year. The biggest change is the redesigned light fixtures with optionally available xenon technology. The lights accent a more chiseled and edgey front apron and grille. Out back are new taillights and sharp features for the rear bumper. The redesign adds 0.04 of an inch to each of the exterior dimensions.
The only engine available for the A5 is a 2.0 TFSI pushing 211 hp. The single engine option is connected to a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.
The S5 Coupe is now equipped with the 3.0 TFSI producing 333 hp. Compared to the 4.2-liter V-8 it replaces, the supercharged V-6 produces a tad less power but consumes on average 20 percent less fuel. Performance stats are on par with the V-8-equipped S5: 0–62 mph in 4.9 seconds and an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph.
The interior features a new steering wheel with an optional "flattened ring,” more chrome around the controls, and displays illuminated in white. These changes highlight a variety of new interior colors and leather choices. The rear seats also benefit from a new five-seat option.
Audi has expanded the engine portfolio for the A5 range in the Middle East and now offers a new entry-level 1.8 TFSI multitronic, a 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic and a 3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic for all body variants. The 3.0 TFSI generates 272hp and represents the first time Audi offers a supercharged V6 in the A5 Sportback and Cabriolet. The 2.0 TFSI A5 Cabriolet now features quattro four-wheel drive as a standard.
All the engines are turbocharged direct-injection units which provide plenty of torque; even the entry-level engine delivers 320Nm of torque. The start-stop system and the recuperation system are standard in every version. Their CO2 emissions have been reduced by up to 18 percent. The A5 Coupé sips a mere 5.8 l/100 km – which equates to 134 grams of CO2 per km – the best of any vehicle in its class.
The infotainment systems in the new A5 range have been fundamentally advanced. The latest generation of the optional MMI navigation plus, the top-of-the-range version, features a large hard-disk drive, a DVD player and a seven-inch color monitor with 3D navigation mapping. The Bluetooth online car phone (option) offers navigation via Google Earth images and a WLAN hotspot.
The A5 range has seen extensive refinements and now offers an easier entry to Audi’s design icon starting with the Audi A5 Sportback 1.8 TFSI at a base price of USD 44,899 (GCC).