Audi's lighter, more stylish A5 will rival the BMW 4 Series when it goes on sale next year
1 February 2016

Audi's upcoming A5 coupé will rival the likes of the BMW 4 Series when it goes on sale next year.

The A5 is already one of the oldest models in Audi’s line-up, having been introduced as long ago as 2007. The new model will feature an extended wheelbase, adding extra cabin space in a class where a little more practicality can go a long way.

The move to the A4’s five-link suspension set-up and a weight saving of about 100kg should give the A5 a little more agility, too, although the car will still be pitched as more of a style-focused model than BMW’s handling-orientated 4 Series.

The A5 will get the latest A4’s range of turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engines, as well as 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesel options.

Petrol and diesel V6s will be fitted to the cars at the top of the conventional A5 range, although a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid, using the same 1.4 TFSI engine and electric motor set-up as the A3 Sportback e-tron, is also considered likely.

Spy shots have shown that the A5 coupé will retain its subtle side-on profile but adopt the crisp, slim headlights and tail-lights of the latest A4. Its cabin will also be based heavily on that of the saloon, including the option of Audi’s well-received Virtual Cockpit instrument panel.

Audi will prepare a new RS5 to give it a rival for the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupé and BMW M4. As with the next generation of RS4, it will switch from a normally aspirated V8 with 444bhp to a twin-turbocharged V6 producing around 500bhp. The performance model should arrive soon after the regular editions; Audi is said to have been focusing on delivering its RS versions earlier in the product cycle, due to customer demand.

The A5 coupé is being lined up for an introduction in the first six months of next year. That could mean a public debut at one of the American motor shows during the preceding winter, either Los Angeles this November or Detroit in January next year.

Farther down the line, Audi will launch successors to the A5 Cabriolet and A5 Sportback. The drop-top is considered key for the US market, while the five-door is needed in order to offer an alternative to BMW’s 4 Series Gran Coupé.

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18 June 2015
It won't possibly incorporate design cues from the next A4. It definitely will! Shame it looks like they still haven't sorted out the lack of rear leg/headroom, the reason why I went for the A5 Sportback. The 2dr 4-series and C-Class Coupe manage to provide decent room so not sure why Audi can't manage to.

18 June 2015
I bet we could write a review of it now and it'd be almost spot on when we get to 2017. No thanks Audi, as always.

1 February 2016
It has always been an MLB platform.

1 February 2016
It has always been an MLB platform.

bol

1 February 2016
This is sheer paint by numbers clickbait. It's embarrassing to read, so god knows what it must feel like to have to write it. Way of the world now I guess, but surely there's a computer programme these days that can prevent you guys from having to debase yourselves? "Audi's upcoming A5 coupé will rival the likes of the BMW 4 Series when it goes on sale next year" "Information obtained by Autocar suggests the next pope will be Catholic" For heaven's sake.

1 February 2016
I bet you all 2p that it will look totally different to all other Audi's before it (Managed to hold a straight face their you know). Its what the suburban wannabe's want in their driveways. What they do not realise is their A5 impresses noone other than the bloke next door who owns an A4, as they too have fallen for the marketing gumph hook line and sinker. Everyone else knows better.

2 February 2016
I drive an A5 Sportback Quattro. I wanted a decent car with 4 seats and a hatch so I could put two mountain bikes inside (carbon bikes are £3k+ and I don't want them on the roof). Leather so the mud won't mark the seats, decent economy and 4WD to cope with winter conditions where I live in the Peak District. I don't want an SUV. I really couldn't care less what my neighbours or anyone else thinks of me for driving it either. Every car is a compromise as each journey could call for a different vehicle. As one car, this one ticks all my must have boxes and a few of my like boxes too. Any suggestions for a similar priced alternative gratefully accepted. I'll be looking carefully at the new one when it's used and a year old. By then Autocar will have even told me whether its any good!

David Whalley

7 February 2016
wow... the car is making sense... a dream ride

29 March 2016
Not sure which planet you have arrived from and sat your tail end down in England and pretending to be very British - but your spelling and grammar suck. Suggest you write in your own language in your own version of the mag elsewhere on the planet and refrain from knocking your neighbours who just might be real English people by some small stretch of the imagination

what's life without imagination

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