The A5 marked Audi's return to the entry-level luxury coupé market since the (B3/B4) Audi 80–based coupé model ended production in 1996. On May 10, 2006, Audi confirmed that the A5 would go into production. The B6/B7 A4 spawned a convertible variant but not a coupé. For the fourth generation A4 (B8), Audi decided to spin off the cabriolet, along with a new coupé and four-door hatchback, into a nameplate of its own as the A5.
The A5 was the first of the B8 family of vehicles to be released (the others being the A4 and the Q5 crossover), all based on the Audi MLP platform (Modular Longitudinal Platform) which underpin the next generation A6 and A8.
The A5 is the third coupe in Audi's line-up, following the second-generation TT and the R8. The A5 adopted design elements of the Nuvolari quattro concept. The A5 debuted with the 3.2-litre FSI V6 engine delivering 195 kW (265 PS; 261 hp).
The design was based on Nuvolari quattro concept car. Audi A5 and S5 Coupé models were unveiled simultaneously in Salon International de l'Auto (Geneva) and Melbourne International Motor Shows on March 6, 2007.
Ordering of the A5 and S5 began on March 6, 2007 and the first deliveries were made in June 2007. Launch models included 3.2 FSI V6 engine multitronic and 3.0 TDI quattro 6-speed, with 1.8 TFSI available in autumn 2007.
Early U.S. models included the A5 3.2 FSI quattro and the S5 coupé 4.2 FSI quattro. Both included either 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.
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. Since 2011 only the 2.0 L Turbo engines are available for the A5 in Canada. In 2013 Audi introduced the new A5 Black Edition.
A5 and S5 Cabriolet (convertible) production began in early 2009. The 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 coupé models, but S5 Cabriolet came with a 3.0 TFSI V6 supercharged engine. The A5 Cabriolet replaces the A4 Cabriolet. Delivery of A5 Cabriolet began in the second quarter of 2009. The vehicle was unveiled in 2009 New York Auto Show.
The U.S. 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.
The A5 Sportback has four frameless doors and a long, tapering roofline, giving it a "coupé-like" appearance. While it shares many exterior cues with the A5 coupé, the Sportback's interior is 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. 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.
The Sportback model is available in Europe, Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, Mexico, Argentina, and South Africa. Although not originally sold in the United States and Canada., the A5 Sportback is scheduled to enter the North American market as a 2018 model in early 2017.
Early production models included 2.0 TFSI quattro 155 kW (211 PS; 208 hp), 3.2 FSI quattro, 2.0 TDI 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp) with 6-speed manual gearbox and start/stop system, 2.7 TDI, 3.0 TDI quattro.
Production versions went on sale in September 2009.
The A5 Sportback is available with two petrol engines or three diesel engines.
The Audi S5 was released in coupé form to the public at the same time as the A5. The Audi S5, in comparison to the A5, features a different 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 coupé and the Cabriolet/Sportback for the 2010–12 model years. The 2010–12 Audi S5 coupé had a 4.2-litre Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) V8 engine that produces 260 kW (349 hp), while the S5 Cabriolet and Sportback have a supercharged 3.0-litre TFSI V6 engine producing 245 kW (329 hp) which is shared with the 2010 Audi S4 3.0 TFSI quattro sedan and avant. The coupé 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.
The Aluminium A5 Coupé is a prototype vehicle demonstrating the aluminium Audi Space Frame (ASF) concept. It is based on Audi A5 Coupé 2.0 TFSI with 155 kW (211 PS; 208 hp) engine, but it uses the aluminium Audi Space Frame, aluminium and carbon fibre-reinforced plastics body. Punch riveting, bonding or laser-MIG hybrid welding replaced spot welding. The vehicle is 110 kg (243 lb) lighter than the equivalent steel-bodied production model.
The vehicle was built by Audi's Aluminium and Lightweight Design Centre in Neckarsulm.
Available in coupé body, it is a version of Audi A5 with 4.2 FSI engine rated 450 PS (331 kW; 444 hp)@8250rpm and 430 N·m (317.15 lb·ft)@4000-6000rpm, seven-speed S tronic transmission, Audi drive select, quattro permanent all-wheel drive with crown-gear centre differential and electronic torque vectoring, 20 mm (0.79 in) lower than Audi A5, 19-inch alloy wheels in an exclusive 5-arm structure design with 265/35 tires (optional 19-inch winter wheels), 365 mm (14.37 in) diameter ventilated aluminum front brake discs (optional 380 mm (14.96 in) diameter ceramic carbon-fiber front brake discs), aluminum 8-piston brake calipers with RS logos in high-gloss black, electronic stabilization program with integrated sport mode, speed-dependent servotronic steering, Audi drive select with three (4 with MMI navigation system) modes of operation (comfort, auto, and dynamic, optional custom), optional MMI navigation system, optional dynamic steering, single-frame grille with a shiny charcoal-gray rhombus-pattern grid, Xenon plus headlights with a sweeping strip of LED daytime running lights, redesigned bumper tapers downward into a splitter, flared fenders inspired by Audi quattro, side sills with angular caps, trim strips with aluminum look on the single-frame grille and near the side windows and the outside mirrors; a choice of 8 body colours, two oval exhaust pipes integrated within the bumper, spoiler in the tailgate automatically extends at 120 km/h (75 mph) and retracts at 80 km/h (50 mph), extensively clad underbody integrating air vents for the seven-speed S tronic and the front brakes, electrically adjustable sports seats in leather/Alcantara combination upholstery with side sections and integrated head restraints (optional bucket seats with more prominent contours and folding backrests, ventilated and luxuriously upholstered climate-controlled comfort seats; optional seat upholstery featuring special leathers and colors as well as silver headlining), steering wheel upholstered in perforated leather, black gauges with white lettering and distinctive scaling, driver information system with integrated lap timer and an oil-temperature gauge, black interior with decorative inlays made of carbon fiber (optional dark stainless-steel mesh, black piano finish or brushed aluminum inlay), instrument panel fascia in piano finish, pedals, footrests, optional MMI navigation systems' control buttons in aluminum; door handles with two slim strips, aluminum inserts at door sill trims and RS 5 logos, optional suede-covered controls and floor mats bearing RS 5 logos, sport exhaust system with a sound flap and black tailpipe trims.
A Carbon design package is available for the engine compartment and, for the vehicle body. Styling packages includes black or matt aluminum look.
The RS 5 weighs 1,800 kg (3,968 lb), 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.
According to Quattro GmbH chief Stephan Reil, the 4.2 FSI engine is based upon Audi's 5.2 FSI V10 engine (found in the D3 Audi S8 and Audi R8) with two cylinders removed.
The vehicle was unveiled in 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Sales of the Audi RS 5 began in spring 2010.
It is a prototype designed for the Michelin Challenge Bibendum 2010 series. It includes a 2.0 TFSI engine rated 132 kW (179 PS; 177 hp) and 320 N·m (236 lbf·ft) 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.
It is a limited (125 units) version of 2012 S5 4.2 FSI quattro Coupé for the U.S. market, commemorating the end of Audi S5 4.2 FSI quattro production. It included Prestige Package, Daytona Grey body colour, 19-inch 5-spoke Rotor design wheels, a two-tone Polar Silver and Black S5 sport seats, silver contrast stitching on the seats, armrests, shifter and steering wheel; floor mats with a silver leather border, aluminum 'Audi exclusive' badges on door panels, carbon fiber beltline, piano black instrument cluster.
The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Audi Club North America meeting at Infineon Raceway.
In 2009, Audi announced the 7-speed S Tronic transmission option for A5 with 2.0 TFSI quattro (155 kW) for the UK market, which replaced the 6-speed Tiptronic in the UK and Germany markets.
Beginning with the 2011 model year, the A5 2.0 TFSI quattro coupé and cabriolet includes 8-speed Tiptronic transmission option, replacing the 6-speed Tiptronic in the U.S. and Canada markets.
For the S5 3.0 TFSI quattro (245 kW), the manual transmission was discontinued for the European market.
Titanium Package was introduced in 2011 model year of A5 Coupe, S5 Coupe sold in the U.S.
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. Appraised for a rarely seen example of an excellent all-round niche car Walter de'Silva has said that the Audi A5 coupe is "his most beautiful design ever"
Audi A5 3.0 TDI won Michelin Challenge Bibendum under the Prototypes category.
The Ethanol E100 Coupé clinched overall victory in the Michelin Challenge Bibendum 2010 eco rally over a distance of 350 kilometres.
TV commercial for the A5 Sportback used sound from Audi Sound Studio.
The facelift vehicles, covering A5 Coupé, Convertible, Sportback, S and RS models, include 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 vehicle is 10 millimetres (0.39 in) longer overall than the predecessor.
Changes to S5 (available as Sportback, Coupé and Cabriolet) include the 3.0 TFSI (333PS) engines on all models, new lights, modified body details, new crystal-effect paint finishes, quattro drive with the crown-gear center differential, electromechanical power steering. special S sport suspension, standard 18-inch wheels.
The updated vehicles were unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
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 and 3.0 TDI. The base model is the Audi A5 Sportback 1.8 TFSI.
U.S. models of A5, S5 went on sale as 2013 model year vehicles.
Changes to RS 5 Coupé included upgraded dampers and springs on the suspension front, new electric power steering replacing engine-driven hydraulic power steering, exclusive retractable rear spoiler, red cam covers and a carbon-fibre intake manifold, optional piano black trim, 20-inch graphite-coloured wheels, a sport exhaust system with black finishers.
RS 5 Coupé was unveiled in 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, followed by 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
U.S. models of RS 5 Coupé went on sale as 2013 model year vehicles.
Indian model of RS 5 Coupé went on sale as 2013 model year vehicle for Rs 96.81 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Paris Motor Show. Production of the RS5 ended permanently in June 2015. A race version of the S5, the RS5 has a throaty valved exhaust whose note can be tuned to suit driving conditions and personal preference. A heavy and naturally aspirated 4.2 V8 churns out 450 horsepower. A common issue with the beautifully styled Brembo "scalloped" big braking system is a flawed cooling design for the front rotors which warp under normal braking conditions. Although aware of the flaw and because the model was being phased out, Audi Corporate decided to take a wait and see approach rather than recall as the repair would have meant installing proper ducting which had been blocked with extra engine air intakes and neglecting air flow to the front brakes. Expect to replace front rotors and pads about every 15k miles.
Deliveries of Audi RS 5 Cabriolet began in early 2013 in Germany.
U.S. model of Audi RS 5 Cabriolet went on sale in April 2013 as 2013 model year vehicle.
Codenamed R17, the Audi A5 DTM is a race car designed for the DTM beginning in year 2012, replacing the Audi A4 DTM. It includes a V8 engine rated at 340 kW (462 PS; 456 hp) 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. The homologation of the A5 DTM was scheduled for March 1, 2012.
As part of the 2012 A5 launch in the UK, BBH London, Park Pictures, The Whitehouse and The Mill produced a TV commercial titled 'The Swan' (directed by Joachim Back), inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's tale of 'The Ugly Duckling'. The commercial featured black and white shots of the rebodied 1920 Audi concept car designed by Audi engineer Paul Jaray, trawling the streets of a sleepy Bavarian village, the streamlined model gets shunned by disapproving locals not taking too well the new aerodynamic design. After retiring in a nearby forest, the 'ugly' car transforms into the new Audi A5, metaphorically becoming the 'beautiful' white swan. The soundtrack features Danny Kaye singing the children's classic Ugly Duckling.
Changes to Audi A5 Sportback includes forced induction and direct injection on all engine models, standard start-stop-system; optional sport differential on 3.0 TDI quattro and the 3.0 TFSI quattro, optional MMI navigation plus.
Changes to A5 Cabriolet includes optional neck-level heating, special coating for optional leather seats.
Early German A5 models include 1.8 TFSI (170PS) (Sportback/Coupé/Cabriolet), 2.0 TFSI (225PS) (Sportback/Coupé/Cabriolet), 2.0 TFSI quattro (225PS) (Sportback/Coupé/Cabriolet), 3.0 TFSI quattro (272PS) (Sportback/Coupé/Cabriolet), 2.0 TDI (150PS) (Sportback/Cabriolet), 2.0 TDI (177PS) (Sportback/Coupé/Cabriolet), 2.0 TDI quattro (177PS) (Sportback/Coupé/Cabriolet), 3.0 TDI (204PS) (Sportback/Coupé/Cabriolet), 3.0 TDI quattro (245PS) (Sportback/Coupé/Cabriolet), 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro (245PS) (Sportback/Coupé/Cabriolet).
Available in Sportback, Coupé, Cabriolet bodies, it includes 3.0 TFSI engine rated 333 PS (245 kW; 328 hp) and 440 N·m (325 ft·lbf), seven-speed S tronic transmission, S sport suspension, electronically controlled shock absorbers, dynamic steering, optional Audi drive select, 18-inch aluminum wheels.
Available in Coupé and Cabriolet bodies, it is a version of A5 with 4.2 FSI engine rated 450 PS (331 kW; 444 hp) and 500 N·m (369 ft·lbf), seven-speed S tronic transmission, quattro permanent all-wheel drive system with crown-gear center differential and torque vectoring (optional quattro with sport differential rear axle), 20 mm (0.79 in) lower body, electromechanical power steering, exclusive 19-inch forged alloy wheels, optional carbon fiber-ceramic brake discs, Audi drive select dynamics system, optional RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC).
RS 5 Cabriolet was unveiled in Wörthersee 2013, followed by Frankfurt Motor Show 2013.
It is a limited (300 units) version of Audi A5 Coupé for European market, celebrating the success of Audi works driver Mike Rockenfeller winning 2013 DTM season. It included a choice of 4 engines (2.0 TDI quattro (177PS), 3.0 TDI quattro (245PS), 2.0 TFSI quattro (225PS), 3.0 TFSI quattro (272PS)), a choice of 3 body colours (Misano red, Daytona gray and Glacier white), DTM badges on the door sill trims, the fenders and the side sills; fixed rear wing in body color, exterior mirrors in aluminum look, 20-inch cast aluminum wheels in 5 V-spoke design.
The vehicle went on sale in 2013-10-21.
As part of RS 5 Cabriolet launch, Audi Land of quattro Alpen Tour 2013 featured RS 5 Cabriolet begins on September 23, travelling across twelve driving stages in 6 countries (Klagenfurt – the capital of Carinthia, Austria, Monaco).
Audi had problems with the oil consumption in the engines of the models between the years 2009 - 2011. More than 200 car owners in Switzerland were affected as well. In Switzerland if your car has less than 100000 km and is below 5 years old, the hardware is replaced and paid 100% by Audi. If the car is between 100000 and 200000 km and below 5 years, the hardware is paid 100%, however 50% of the work has to be paid by the car owner.
The all-new Audi A5 and S5 Coupé were unveiled in June 2016. The A5 is powered by a turbo 2.0-liter engine matched to a dual-clutch 7-speed automatic gearbox, while the S5 is propelled by a turbocharged 3.0-liter engine worked with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The notable feature on the Audi's latest coupé is the Virtual Cockpit instrument panel. This is based on the ninth generation of the Volkswagen Group MLB Platform.