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Audi A5 news - Geneva show: Audi A5 - 2007
A mysterious leak on the
web a couple of weeks ago allowed the world to get a sneak preview of Audi’s
new coupe, but the A5 was finally revealed in the flesh today.
The A5 is similar in size
to the BMW 3-Series Coupe - the car that Audi chiefs say the A5 is targeting -
but with its wide, scalloped panels and high haunches it looks larger.
We can’t say we’re sold by
the looks, but at least it’s familiarly Audi-ish in appearance.
The stock A5 will only get
one petrol option at launch, but it sounds like a good ‘un - a 3.2-litre V6
developing 265bhp. Audi reckons it’ll hit 62mph in just over six seconds.
Quick, certainly, but not as quick as the 4.2-litre V8 in the S5.
That’s S, not RS, you’ll
notice. There’s no word of an RS5 from Audi at the moment, but insiders reckon
we could see one some time in 2008.
Until then the S5 should
do nicely. That V8 puts out 354bhp, sprinting the S5 to 62mph in five seconds
and on to an electronically-limited 155mph.
The S5 gets some subtle
visual differentiation, too, with a quad exhaust, flared door trims and more
The A5 is due to hit the
UK in June, though if you’re really keen you can already log your order. Prices start at just over £30,000, but you’ll pay a ten grand premium over that for the S5.