What is it?
It's the all-new - but not all that different-looking - A5 coupé, Audi's long-serving and understatedly elegant rival to the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class Coupé.
As was the case with the old A5, you could glibly call it an A4 in drag, but these days that's not such a bad thing. It means the new model sits on Audi’s lightweight and sophisticated MLB Evo platform, which in turn trims around 60kg off the kerb weight compared with the now nine-year-old outgoing model.
The downside is that it could also mean A4-like laid-back dynamics of the sort that Audi might argue are what most high-miling saloon buyers will want, but which, we'd wager, are less likely to interest anyone in the market for a two-door coupé. Fortunately Audi agrees on the latter, so although the A5 shares its fundamental suspension architecture with the A4, the new coupé has been given a 'sportier feel'. More precisely, that means stiffer springs across all three suspension options, two of them being no-cost passive set-ups and the third featuring adaptive damping.
Order books will open in late summer, with first deliveries expected in November, with an engine range that is largely the same as that of the A4 saloon, the notable absence being that model's weakest 148bhp 2.0 TDI motor. Here we're driving the range-topping V6 diesel, which gets an eight-speed ZF-sourced automatic gearbox rather than the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic that features on the less torquey engines.