Audi India has launched the all-new 2017 A5 in two forms – sportback and cabriolet, also called as convertible. The A5 is basically an A4 with a different body style. The Sportback version is priced at Rs. 54.02 lakhs, ex-showroom all India. The Cabriolet (soft top) is priced at 67.51 lakhs. A more powerful version of the car has also been launched. It’s called the S5 and it is priced at 70.6 lakhs. The S5 will come with the same form factor as the A5 – Sportback.
The Sportback and Cabriolet versions of the A5 use a 2 liter TDI turbocharged diesel engine. This engine drives the front wheels of the car on the Sportback and all wheels on the cabrio, and is rated at 190 PS-400 Nm. A 7 speed dual clutch automatic gearbox is offered with this engine.
The S5 is much more powerful. It uses a 3 liter V6 petrol engine with turbocharging. The engine produces 354 PS and 500 Nm. All wheel drive mode is standard. It gets an 8 speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. Both the A5 and S5 are very quick cars with top speeds well over 200 Kmph. The 0-100 Kmph run is completed by the A5 in 7.9 seconds. The S5 does it much better, taking just 4.7 seconds.
The coupe style roofline on the A5 and S5 is a major design element of the car. The A5 sits in between the A4 and A6 sedans that Audi sells in India. It is meant for style conscious buyers who don’t like the ‘boring’ sedan shape and want something more flashy. The interiors of the A5 range are shared with those of the A4.
Key features on the car are the MMI Touch infotainment system, the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 755W Bang & Olufsen sound system and a Sunroof on the sportback models. The cabrio gets a soft top that folds into the boot at the touch of a button.
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