2011 Audi A5

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2011 Audi A5 Front Left View
If Audi's move from the margins to the mainstream of luxury auto brands is due to any one factor, it's design. At Audi, the TT is arguably the apotheosis of the brand's form language, but the A5 is another potent distillation. True, it's not too far removed from its four-door sibling, the A4, but the coupe does wear its own uniquely sculpted sheetmetal, and the A5 is all the more distinctive due to its relative rarity compared to the seemingly ubiquitous (in some markets, at least) A4.
2011 Audi A5 Rear View
Between the A5, the high-performance S5 variant, and the convertible versions of both, there are a total of six different powertrains available here, which seems like about twice as many as are really necessary. This coupe is more about style than performance, which makes the A5 version the stronger proposition than the S5. Staying with the A5 eliminates the S5's rumbling but thirsty 4.2-liter V-8 and the S5's Cabrio's punchy supercharged V-6. Instead, you're left with the 2.0-liter direct-injected turbo four, but that's okay. The 2.0T is available with three different transmissions and front- or all-wheel drive, but is ideally mated with the six-speed stick and Quattro. Happily, that combo is also the least expensive of all A5 variants.
Audi's 2.0T engine is the class of the turbo four-cylinder field (no wonder Audi is spreading it throughout its lineup). The boost is seamlessly integrated, and unleashes a wave of torque that pushes you along. Pairing this engine with Audi's six-speed manual makes it even more lively. In the A5 coupe, it results in a factory-measured 0-to-60 time of 6.4 seconds, which easily outruns the new Mercedes-Benz C250 coupe, with its new turbocharged, direct-injected four. Standard Quattro means torque steer is not an issue. The A5's six-speed manual might not be quite as slick as what you'll find in a BMW 328i, but it still provides nice, light shift action and short throws. As a bonus, the six-speed stick gets better gas mileage than the automatic, despite the latter transmission's two extra gears. At 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, the A5 is as economical as some compacts.
Another positive outgrowth of staying with the four-cylinder is less weight hanging out over the nose, which makes for snappier turn-in. Like its four-door sibling, the A5 still suffers from power steering that's trying to be all things to all people, with too much variation in assist between a parking-lot pace and on-the-road speeds. Ride comfort is decent, despite my test example's 18-inch wheels. Optional Drive Select offers the ability to fine-tune suspension firmness, as well as several other variables.
2011 Audi A5 Interior
Although now several years old, the exterior design is wearing well. The A5 interior, however, doesn't seem quite as impressive as it once did. My test car was the mid-trim-level premium plus and was further equipped with navigation and optional nutmeg laurel wood trim. Leather is standard on the A5. The beige leather with contrasting darker areas was attractive and the interior bits certainly are well put together, but the cabin overall lacked some visual sparkle compared to newer competitors. Practically speaking, the front seats are comfortable and the view out is not bad for a coupe. The two-place rear perch is cramped, however, with headroom in particularly short supply. Consider it an occasional-use proposition unless your rear-seat passengers are under five-foot-eight.
Still, the A5 offers a lot more daily usability than the strictly two-place TT coupe. (Okay, granted, that car has a pair of rear seats, but they're sized for briefcases, not for people.) And at the same time, it makes the kind of understated style statement an Audi should. Get it with the 2.0T, the six-speed, and Quattro, and you've got not only the least expensive, most economical combo, but also one that's pretty sweet to drive.
2011 Audi A5
2011 Audi A5 Front Left View
Base price (with destination): $37,375
Price as tested: $45,430
Standard Equipment:
2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder
6-speed manual transmission
Quattro all-wheel drive
Leather-trimmed 8-way power seats
Tilting glass panel roof with sunshade
Aluminum interior trim
Multi-function leather-wrapped steering wheel
Automatic climate control
Trip computer
10-speaker, 180-watt audio system with CD, SD card slot, auxiliary input, and Sirius satellite radio
Options on this vehicle:
Premium Plus package
- Xenon plus headlamps
- LED daytime running lights
- LED taillights
- 18-inch, 10-spoke wheels
- Bluetooth phone connectivity
- heated front seats
- 3-zone automatic climate control
- Homelink
- Audi music interface
- rain/light sensor
- auto-dimming interior mirror with compass
Audi navigation system with backup camera
Bang & Olufsen premium sound system
Nutmeg laurel wood trim
Exhaust tips
Key options not on vehicle:
19-inch sport package
Milano leather upholstery
Fuel economy:
21 / 31 / 25 mpg
2.0L I-4 turbo
Horsepower: 211 hp @ 4300-6000 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1500 -- 4200 rpm
6-speed manual
Curb weight: 3583 lb
8.5 x 18 in wheels
245/40R18 tires
Competitors: BMW 328i coupe, Cadillac CTS coupe, Infiniti G37 coupe, Mercedes-Benz C250 coupe
2011 Audi A5
2011 Audi A5
The Audi A5 is one of the most striking coupes on the road. This vehicle has only been in production for 3 years and it is already making a place for itself in the Audi family. It seems like each year this car gets and upgrade and for 20111 that upgrade is a brand new 8-speed transmission that allows for smooths flowing shifts and extra gas mileage. These kinds of changes usually don't come so fast, but this model has been moving to the foreground of interest to many Audi fanatics.

The Audi A5 also brings a new wheel design and some new trim options to its many options. The soft top on the A5 is one of the few that actually works well and is very good at isolating road noise to keep the cabin quit. This vehicle does not offer much space in the trunk and may have a little less fuel economy than some buyers are looking for. Those are about the only things that can be looked down upon on this all new A5 model from Audi.
2011 Audi A5 2 0 TFSI Quattro Coupe Front Left View
What we have here is a high-styled, very attractive, German luxury sport coupe for forty-two thousand dollars. That isn't exactly cheap, and our tester had no navigation system or rearview camera, but this is still a great car for the money, one with notable street presence and sex appeal. It drives well, too, with good body control, well-weighted steering, and a smooth gearshift that helps you make the most of the modest but refined turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Heck, I celebrate this car simply because it has a six-speed manual rather than relying solely on some paddle-shifted version of an automatic. The A5 coupe is a logical step into the world of big-boy cars for someone who is ready to move beyond, say, a Volkswagen GTI. I'd sure be happy to see one in my garage every morning.
2011 Audi A5 2 0 TFSI Quattro Coupe Front Left Side View
2011 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Quattro Coupe
2011 Audi A5 2 0 TFSI Quattro Coupe Rear Left View
2012 Audi RS5 Front Three Quarter
We’ve long known that Audi’s RS5 coupe will finally be sold on this side of the Atlantic, but before a single car comes stateside, it seems Audi’s seen fit to give the rennsport coupe a minor facelift in keeping with other recent RS-line models.
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Audi 18 TFSI Engine
Audi has added an all-new engine to the A5 lineup for its 2013 model year facelift. However, those of us on this side of the Atlantic won’t get to sample the new 1.8 TFSI inline-four. The turbocharged, direct-injection 1.8-liter I-4 cranks out 170 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. According to the manufacturer, that’s more than enough power to propel a manual transmission-equipped A5 front-wheel-drive coupe to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds. Audi has also engineered the engine to be one of its cleaner offerings, returning the equivalent of around 41 mpg. To achieve the high efficiency without sacrificing power, the new engine employs Audi’s FSI direct-injection technology along with an all-new turbocharger with boost pressure of up to 18.9 psi. This has also allowed Audi to reduce engine weight by roughly eight pounds without enacting a penalty on performance. When we spoke with Audi, we were told that there are currently no plans to bring the 1.8 TFSI to the States in any model. Instead, we will continue to get the 2.0T turbocharged inline-four that currently makes 211 hp and 258 lb-ft in the A5. European customers will continue have the choice of the 2.0T, with the 1.8 TFSI slotting in below. What do you say? Would you like to see the 1.8 TFSI on our shores? The 2012 A5 currently starts at $37,975 (including destination); is there a place for a lower-priced, entry-level A5 on our shores? Should Audi stuff the 1.8 TFSI into a different model and bring it stateside? Let us know in the comments section. Source: Audi

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2011 Audi A5 Specifications

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2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
22 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
30 MPG
211 hp @ 4300rpm
258 ft lb of torque @ 1500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
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