You should see the new Audi A5–a two-door version of the popular A4 sedan–on streets sometime in 2007, most likely in the fall. The A5 will be available as a coupe or soft top, although the convertible won’t appear until 2008. The A5’s long wheelbase helps ensure that rear seat accommodations aren’t torturous.
The A5 will be offered with a variety of engines. The base powerplant will be the Volkswagen group’s 2.0-liter four that works so well in the Rabbit GTI and TT; a 265-hp, 3.2-liter V-6; and, in the S5, a 340-hp, 4.2-liter V-8. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the RS4’s even more potent 420-hp V-8 in a future RS5 model. A redesigned transaxle (incorporating a more compact clutch and differential) allows the engine to sit farther back than it does in today’s A4, trimming the front overhang and allowing for better weight distribution.