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Audi refreshes the A5 line-up for 2012

By SYF77 on 20 Jul 2011

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Audi has revealed a host of mid-life changes for its entire A5 line-up. They include refreshed styling, new engines and chassis tweaks aimed at bolstering the coupé, cabriolet and Sportback models’ visual appeal, fuel economy and dynamic ability.

All engines offered in the A5’s new range feature direct injection and forced induction, as well as stop-start and an energy recuperation system as standard. The entry level model for all A5s is now the four-cylinder petrol 1.8 TFSI. This popular engine from the VW group has been substantially revised and is rated at 168 bhp – 8bhp more than before. Fuel efficient is improved to 5.7 litres per 100km. The 2.0 TFSI’s power output remains unchanged at 211bhp. A 268bhp supercharged 3.0 TFSI V6 is new to the line-up. The entry level for the diesel line-up is the 175bhp 2.0 TDI. It returns an impressive 60.1mpg and emits 122g/km of CO2 when mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox in the A5 Coupe. A 3.0 TDI is available with either 201bhp or 242bhp.

Chassis tweaks to all A5s include revised rear suspension bearings and damper tuning for precise handling and greater comfort. New 17 inch alloy wheels come as standard but customers can select alloys with size up to 20 inch as option. The power steering system gets a revised electromechanical setup across the range.

The most significant exterior changes is the re-sculptured “wave” LED headlamps that have become a signature of recent Audi models such as the A6. Other revisions include the modified front grille, the redesigned front bumper with larger air intakes, a new rear bumper and tweaked rear lights with optional continuous LED light strips. The product improvement has added a millimetre to each of the exterior dimensions. On the inside, the most significant upgrade is the introduction of an available three-seater rear bench configuration for the A5 Sportback. Other notable updates include new steering wheel, revised gearbox lever design, different finishes on the instrument panel and console as well as new trim options.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Hermit Sep 11 2011 04:33 PM
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