After eight years of production, the svelte first-generation of the Audi A5 is ready to bow out. In its place, the German automaker unveiled a sharpened, lightened, and redesigned 2018 Audi A5 and S5 that introduces the coupe to Audi’s updated catalog of cutting-edge technology and design.
Visually, the new A5 cuts a similar profile to the outgoing car, except with a tighter, straight-edge design Audi has moved toward with their new lineup that includes the A4, TT, and R8 supercar. The front grille is more angular, with the hood lines appearing to diverge at the top of the grille inlet. The A5 sports a slightly longer wheelbase when compared with the outgoing car, but the side profile remains as handsome as the older coupe, thanks in part to dramatically short front and rear overhangs. Overall, the use of aluminum and lightweight materials has reduced the curb weight by around 132 pounds, depending on powertrain and equipment. Much of these losses are thanks to the new MLBevo platform the 2018 Audi A5 shares with the A4, as well as the Audi Q7 SUV.
Inside, it’s business as usual. Audi consistently creates some of the most spectacularly stylish and high-quality interiors in the market, and this new Ingolstadt icon wears the kind of threads we’ve come to expect. Like the A4, it’s a wonderland of metal, leather, and suede, with special attention given to the center console. Audi’s new T-handle shifter makes an appearance, along with an updated suite of Audi’s MMI infotainment and navigation system. Of course, Audi’s new optional “virtual cockpit” stuns with extremely hi-def visuals in the center gauge cluster, packing configurable layouts that allow the driver to explore the map, infotainment, and vehicle info without taking their eyes too far off the road.
Underneath the redesigned skin, the A5 will launch with a choice of five different powertrains, including two gasoline and three diesel engines. The U.S. will likely be privy to both gasoline engines, but the future of Audi diesel in the states is presently uncertain. For now, we can look to the 2017 Audi A4 for a barometer of the powertrains we’ll get; the redesigned sedan is offered in the states with the potent 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, spitting out 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque to either the front or all four wheels. Hop up to the horseradish-hot S5, and Audi slots-in an all-new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine. 354 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque rushes to all four wheels through a standard eight-speed automatic transmission mated to the all-wheel-drive system.
With the lightweight construction and a bucket of go-fast hardware, the redesigned 2018 Audi S5 will snap to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. If this isn’t quite as fast as you were hoping, you might want to hold out for the inevitable track-ready RS5 variant in the future. Full details on the S5 are scant, but it’s a safe bet to say the suspension, brakes, tires, chassis, and transmission all receive extensive performance upgrades. Inside, expect carbon fiber, brushed aluminum, and sportier touches.
Look for full details on the U.S.-spec 2018 Audi A5 and S5 later on this year. In the meantime, take a look at Audi’s newest coupe in the photo gallery below.