Audi A5 Sportback – Audi’s new toy

Published on July 17th, 2009

We welcome the newest addition from Audi, the new Audi A5 Sportback. The Sportback brings forth the elegance of a coupe, with sedan’s comfort and Avant’s practicality.

The Sportback is the third member for the A5 model family and will start hitting the dealers as early as September.

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The following engines are available (with three additional engines coming in by the middle of next year). They are the 2.0 TDI with 170hp, 350Nm, a 6-speed manual gearbox and start/stop system, 2.7 TDI with 190hp and 400Nm, 3.0 V6 TDI with 240hp plus an enormous 500Nm of maximum torque and quattro all-wheel drive.

The 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TFSI come with start-stop system. The 1.8 TFSI with manual transmission will follow suit as an entry-level model.

Available transmissions are manual, multitronic or seven-speed S tronic system. Top models are blessed with Quattro all-wheel drive mode.

Audi did not design the A5 Sportback as a niche model like the R8, but is expecting a solid welcoming party considering the complete package of Audi’s finest engineering, superior equipments and competitive prices.

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The base version of the Sportback come standard with 17” alloys, tire pressure monitoring display, foldable rear seat, easy-to-use air conditioning system, leather sport steering, and CD player with eight speakers.

Wheels are available in 17”, 18”, 19” and 20” sizes.

Also available is an electromechanical parking brake, six airbags, belt tensioners and force limiters, ISOFIX child seat, recuperation system to for the recovery of braking energy, fog lights, and an intelligent ignition key that automatically stores service-relevant data.

A novel electronic differential lock is integrated into the ESP stabilization programs in front-wheel-drive models for even better dynamics and traction.

Models having engines producing at least 190hp come standard with the servotronic steering, which automatically adapts steering boost to the driving speed, and the xenon plus headlights are combined with LEDs for the daytime running lights and the tail lights.

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The high-beam assistant automatically switches between the low and the high beam.

The doors are opened by radio and the car is started with a push of a button. The starting assist function adds additional functions to the electromechanical parking brake, and the automatic air conditioning regulates the temperature in three separate interior zones.

The adaptive cruise control with the integrated Audi braking guard uses radar technology to maintain the distance to the car in front. This means that the car will alert the driver of an impending collision and assist with braking.

The concert radio + CD has a memory card reader for music files and an AUX-in port for connecting an MP3 player. A 6.5-inch color monitor and eight speakers round out the package. The symphony radio adds a six-disc CD changer.

Positioned above the audio systems are the state-of-the art MMI navigation and MMI navigation plus systems. The smaller model, which reads data from a DVD, already includes a color display, a slot for memory cards and voice control. It can be upgraded to include a digital radio receiver, a CD changer, a high-performance Bluetooth link for cell phones and an interface for the full integration of an iPod. A center-mounted color display in the instrument panel is also available here.

The high-resolution, seven-inch color monitor presents the map in either a conventional or a topographic view; city models and points of interest are shown in 3D. A 40 GB hard drive stores the map data, the music files and the user’s contacts. The voice input system recognizes whole words.

A number of high-quality expansion modules are also available for the MMI navigation plus, such as an analog/digital TV tuner. The luxury sound system from Bang & Olufsen transforms the A5 Sportback into a rolling concert hall – a 505 watt 10-channel amplifier powering 14 high-performance speakers.

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Another high-end option is the Bluetooth car telephone. It uses a radio link to copy the card data from the user’s mobile phone if the phone honors the SIM Access Profile standard.

Audi has put together two S line packages for customers with particularly sporty tastes. The S line sport package combines a tauter suspension setup and lowered body with larger wheels.

Interior extras include sport seats covered in cloth and leather, a special leather sport steering wheel, a leather shift lever knob, inlays in brushed aluminum and color-coordinated floor mats. S line badges adorn the fenders, the doorsill trims and many interior parts. The special exterior finishes Monza Silver and Misano Red are also available through the S line sport package.

The S line exterior package is also available from Audi as an alternative or in addition to the sport package. Its most important elements are unique bumpers and distinctive features on the side air intakes, on the diffuser and on the tailpipes. Side sill trims painted in the body color and S line badges on the doorsill trims and the front fenders round out the program.

 

Audi A5 Sportback pricing during the launch (Germany)

2.0 TDI with 6-speed manual transmission – 36,050 Euros
2.7 TDI with 6-speed manual transmission – 39,300 Euros
3.0 TDI quattro with 7-speed S tronic – 47,950 Euros

2.0 TFSI 180hp with 6-speed manual transmission – 33,650 Euros
2.0 TFSI 211hp quattro with 7-speed S tronic – 42,150 Euros
3.2 FSI quattro with S tronic – 47,000 Euros

 

text: Syawal Ahmad  pix: Audi

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Posted by dan on July 21st, 2009, 20:02

    ooo boy..this is another hot looking car..sexy!!!..I get turned on just by looking at it..heheheh..I wonder if Audi will produce the stationwagon for this model..keep me updated :-)

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