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13 July 2011

2011 Audi A5 revealed

Ingolstadt’s Coupe, Sportback and Convertible get facelift, S5 Coupe loses V8 and gets 333bhp V6

Vijay Pattni
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The rejuvenated Audi A5 features a new steering column stalk with a narrow chrome clasp.

No doubt this revelation has got you fizzing into your keyboard. Well, here's some more: it also gets a new ignition key, a new selector lever for the auto ‘box and a new button for the Audi drive select. Ingolstadt's engineers have also worked tirelessly to bring you new paint on the instrument cluster bezels and even a new steering wheel.

Those with a keen eye will also spot the new front and rear headlights, a new bumper with ‘pronounced' air inlets, revamped grilles and flat fog lights. Audi has even grown each variant's exterior dimension by one millimetre. Yes, one whole millimetre.

The rear suspension bearings and damper tuning have been updated for more precise handling too, while engines include a redesigned 1.8-litre four-pot petrol producing 170bhp and 236lb ft of pulling power (up from 160bhp/184lb ft) thanks to changes in the turbo, injection system and valves, and the supercharged 272bhp V6 new to the line-up. The 2.0-litre TFSI with 211bhp remains, while the 2.0-litre TDI (177bhp) still returns just over 50mpg.

There's also a 3.0-litre diesel V6 in two flavours - 204bhp and 245bhp, the former emitting 129g/km of CO2 and returning 48mpg. Later on, Audi is promising "a particularly low-emissions clean diesel model" making the A5 the first coupe to meet the Euro 6 diesel standard.

The S5 Coupe also joins its Sportback and Convertible siblings and loses the 350bhp 4.2-litre V8, replaced with a supercharged V6 producing 333bhp - in this model, it sprints to 62mph in 4.9 seconds and tops out at a limited 155mph.

Prices to be confirmed, but Audi promises only slight rises. Are you excited by this revitalised Audi A5, TopGear.comrades?

 

See more pics of the new Audi A5 and S5 here.

 

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