The Audi A5 and S5 Sportback have been redesigned, and they're finally coming to the U.S.
Evolution is the solution when redesigning the Audi A5 and S5. The look of these two cars has gone mostly unchanged in their near ten years on the market, the most dramatic update coming for the 2017 model year. Revealed by Audi back in June in Germany, both cars will show face for the first time on North American shores at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show (first time for A5 was actually in Canada at Vancouver Luxury and Supercar Weekend this past September), including the new Sportback model seen here, which finally makes its way to U.S. showrooms (but unfortunately not to Canada).
A nip here, a tuck there, and one gaping new grille, and the Audi A5/S5 line is looking fresher than ever. Plus, increased use of aluminum and high-strength steel throughout the body cuts the curb weight by about 59 kilograms (132 pounds) – that's on the coupe models, anyway.
While Europe will get a range of five new engine options, including a top-spec 3.0-litre turbodiesel, the U.S. will have to make do with the same 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four found on the A4. Not that we’re complaining - it produces 252 horsepower, after all.
The S5, meanwhile, ups the ante with a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 pumping out 354 horsepower. All that added grunt yields a 0-100 kilometre per hour (0-62 mile per hour) time of just 4.7 seconds. Of course, the engine isn’t the only upgrade – a host of visual cues on the exterior, more refined handling, and commensurate braking separate it from the standard model.
Interior technology comes courtesy of the new Virtual Cockpit, which introduces a fully digital instrument cluster to the A5/S5 range for the first time, and includes features like pre-collision braking, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, just to name a few.
The new A5 and S5 will hit U.S. shores early in 2017, with the Sportback joining in the spring. While there are no plans as of yet to bring the S5 Sportback to Canada, rumours suggest it could make its way here eventually. In the meantime, we'll have to admire from across the border. No word on pricing just yet, meanwhile – expect that information to arrive closer to the on-sale date.
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