What is it?
Audi's new four-seat coupe, this time with 3.0-litre of turbodiesel V6 up front. It goes on sale in the UK in July.
What's it like?
Torquey. Sometimes, Newton metres of torque sound better than your familiar pounds feet. Like when you have a fat 500 of them under your right foot. That’s what the newly bolstered V6 turbodiesel generates in the A5 3.0 TDI, along with 236bhp.
Those 500Nm equate to 369lb ft of twist action from 1500rpm through to 3000rpm, which is usefully more torque than even the 349bhp S5 quattro V8 can unleash.
All this low-rev urge lends the car an unruffled, effortless demeanour that suits its svelte good looks. It has most of the manners to match, though not all. A slightly rough-edged diesel growl emerges when you work this otherwise acoustically engaging engine – you can feel it through the clutch pedal too – and the ride quality is questionable despite the all-new chassis.
Potholes and sharp bumps often thump through, even on the smallest 17in wheels, never mind the larger 18s. And it’s worse on the sports suspension. Over crests and dips, however, this A5 is satisfyingly poised and very enjoyable to unleash at fast sweepers on the crest of all that torque.