The styling of the Audi A5 coupe has held up well over the years, so it’s no surprise that Audi’s next-generation compact two-door makes an evolutionary design change. These new spy photos show both an Audi A5 and a performance-oriented Audi S5 testing in Europe, both of which display a similar overall look to the current A5 and S5 models.
The new models do appear sleeker and sharper than the current A5 which debuted in 2007. The most prominent continuation is the coupe’s overall profile, which maintains a gently sloping beltline and a wavy character line along the sides. Larger headlights up front flank a version of Audi’s new “singleframe” corporate grille, and a trimmer front overhang make for a sportier, slimmer front end. Out back, we can see sharper, more angular taillights that are reminiscent of the Audi A7’s LED units, and a sloping rear window that tapers into a short, stubby trunklid.
Although the new Audi A5 has relatively mild visual changes, big changes are in store under the skin. Like the related Audi A4, the A5 and S5 will migrate to the Volkswagen Group’s new MLBevo platform, meaning that the A5 is likely to grow a bit larger. Yet thanks to more extensive use of aluminum, the new car will lose weight compared to the outgoing A5, as the new A4 reportedly cuts around 220 lb with its aluminum-intensive construction.
Under the hood of the base Audi A5 will be the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that will also be used in the A4. Making 190 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, this new engine is said to provide the equivalent of 47 mpg in the U.S. The current S5’s 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine is likely to carry over into the new model, though it may receive some tweaks for increased horsepower and torque. Both engines will likely pair exclusively with Quattro all-wheel drive in the U.S.
With the new Audi A4’s reveal scheduled for later this fall, we expect the redesigned Audi A5 and S5 to debut a few months after, likely in spring 2016. Stay tuned for more information to come about Audi’s new coupe, and check out the gallery of spy photos below until then.