Audi a5 2018

Немцы представили новый Audi A5 Sportback 2018

Второе поколение 5-дверного купе публично представят на Парижском автосалоне в конце этого месяца.

По аналогии с A5 Coupe, представленном в июне этого года, A5 Sportback 2018 модельного года получил фирменный дизайн, с более четкими линиями, расширенной радиаторной решеткой и новой оптикой.

Новый Audi A5 Sportback стал длиннее на 21 мм – 4 733 мм, а колесную базу растянули на 14 мм – до 2 824 мм, ширина – 1 843 мм, высота – 1 386 мм. Производитель заявляет, что кабина обновленной модели стала просторнее, а масса снизилась на 85 кг – до 1 470 кг. Кроме того, инженерам марки удалось довести коэффициент аэродинамического сопротивления до 0,26 – лучший в классе, отмечает производитель.

Европейская силовая гамма A5 Sportback включает бензиновые и дизельные двигатели объемом 2,0 (190 л.с.) и 3,0 литра (286 л.с.). В пару к двигателям предлагается 6-ступенчатая «механика», 7-ступенчатый «робот» S Tronic и 8-ступенчатый «автомат». Audi также подготовила модификацию g-tron, которая оснащается TFSI-мотором объемом 2,0 литра, использующим помимо бензина природный газ.

Под капотом «горячего» варианта Audi S5 Sportback 2018 установлен 3,0-литровый мотор TFSI V6 мощностью 354 л.с. Он разгоняет автомобиль с 0 до 100 км/ч за 4,7 секунды и до максимальной скорости 250 км/ч – больше не позволяет электроника.

Список оборудования модели, в зависимости от комплектации, включает: виртуальная приборная панель, полностью светодиодная оптика, информационно-развлекательная система с 8,3-дюймовым дисплеем, система слежения за полосой движения и распознавания дорожных знаков, адаптивный круиз-контроль и автоматический ассистент парковки. Опционально предлагается подвеска с управляемой электроникой жесткостью амортизаторов.

Поставки Audi A5 Sportback 2018 европейским дилерам намечены на начало 2017 года. Стартовый ценник новинки составляет 37 800 евро (порядка 2 735 000 рублей), S5 Sportback оценивается от 62 500 евро (4 522 000 рублей).

2018 Audi A5/S5 Sportback Official Photos and Info – News – Car and Driver

September 2016 By JENS MEINERS View 41 Photos

Audi is currently launching cars that look so similar to their predecessors, it's tough to tell that the new products are in fact, you know, new. The latest examples are the A5 and S5 Sportbacks. Good luck telling them apart from the previous model generation, which was launched in 2009. But this minor issue is far less important for the U.S. market, for we will be getting the sleek five-door hatchbacks here for the first time.

Think of the pair as attractively restyled and slightly more upscale versions of the A4 and S4, the Audi equivalent of the relationship between the BMW 4-series Gran Coupe and the 3-series. In the U.S., the A5 Sportback will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque; the S5 model packs a 3.0-liter turbo V-6 that produces 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. While the lesser version routes power through an excellent seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, the more powerful S5 gets an eight-speed torque-converter automatic. No manual transmission will be offered here in either car; in this way, the S5 Sportback follows the example of the latest version of the new S4. Quattro all-wheel drive will be standard on all U.S. A5 and S5 Sportbacks.

As you might expect, the A5 Sportback mirrors the brand-new A5 coupe in terms of technology and style. Built on Audi's fresh MLB Evo architecture, it is said to be considerably lighter than its predecessor. It also comes with an impressive list of standard and optional telematics systems, including semi-autonomous driving functions. But what we care most about are old-fashioned driving dynamics, and this is an area where the MLB Evo models, with their precise steering and superb chassis, really shine. We have driven virtually all other models on this platform, and we expect that the A5 Sportback will be among the best-handling and sportiest models in its class.

Inside, virtually everything carries over from the A5 coupe, and that's a good thing. The slim, futuristic dashboard is as pleasing to the eye as it is intuitive to use. Rear-seat room is adequate for a mid-size sedan, and the trunk can carry as much stuff as an A4’s with the bonus of being easily accessible through a large liftgate.

There are really two reasons to choose an A5 Sportback over an A4 (or another competitor): style and utility. This fastback has dramatic—if understated—looks in comparison to most other sedans, with a window line that sweeps upward in a graceful arc and a shoulder line that flows above both the front and the rear wheels, as on the A5 coupe. Regarding utility, station-wagon enthusiasts might find the A5 Sportback to be a legitimate alternative to the A4 Avant of old, especially those who find the A4-based Allroad’s cladding a bit of overkill.

The Sportbacks will appear on U.S. shores in the first quarter of 2017, with prices expected to come in at around $45,000 for the A5 and $55,000 for the S5.

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2018 Audi A5, S5 Sportback First Drive Review

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During our compact luxury sedan Big Test comparison, the Audi A4 won in virtually every category, but it just couldn’t win our hearts. Part of that had to do with its design, which showcased Audi’s precision and craftsmanship but was mostly devoid of emotion. For the customer who would choose an A4 if it weren’t for its sedate looks, there’s now the 2018 Audi A5 Sportback to consider.

Audi helped pioneer the modern swoopy hatchback sedan with the A7 and followed that with a four-door version of the A5 for Europe. We didn’t get the first-generation A5 Sportback, but Audi has decided to bring the latest iteration Stateside, likely after seeing the success BMW has had with its 4 Series Gran Coupe. The A5 Sportback, along with its sportier S5 sibling, lifts design cues from the A5 and S5 coupe. But Audi has done more than just stretch the roofline and add a couple more doors. The greenhouse has been given a distinctive shape with a rear quarter window that not so subtly bites BMW’s Hofmeister Kink style. Original or not, I can’t argue with results because the Sportback’s profile is gorgeous.

This four door has a sexier silhouette than the A4, but the driving experience is very similar—and that means it’s very good. All-wheel drive comes standard on the Sportback, so handling is excellent in any trim. The launch took place in Seattle, Washington, and the Pacific Northwest lived up to its reputation for wet weather by dropping some rain on our drive route. But with the tremendous grip the Quattro all-wheel drive affords, you could hardly tell the pavement was wet at all. Audi’s now familiar turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four provides 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque in the A5 Sportback, which was more than enough to get the car moving down the woodsy back roads outside of the city. The engine is backed by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that offers buttery-smooth gear changes and shift logic that always has you in the right gear. The tires are a bit noisy on the highway, but the ride was otherwise quiet in all modes when I switched to the S5 with the available S Sport package.

That package adds an adaptive suspension, Quattro sport differential, and larger six-piston front brakes, and it is required if you want Audi’s speed-sensitive variable Dynamic steering option. The electronically adjusted dampers are soft and compliant when the road is straight but stiffen up significantly for corners. Turn-in is sharp, and the all-wheel drive enables explosive acceleration coming out of a corner. A fixed sport suspension comes standard on the S5, but regardless of suspension choice, each Sportback is at least 0.9 inch lower than the A4.

Like the S4 and S5 coupe, the S5 Sportback gets a new twin-scroll, hot-V turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 mated to an eight-speed automatic. Producing a healthy 354 hp and 369 lb-ft, that single-turbo mill is estimated by Audi to accelerate the S5 Sportback to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. We’ll see what it can really do when we get our hands on one for testing, but it certainly feels quick when taking off from a stoplight. The Quattro system hooks up immediately—even in the wet—sending the car lurching forward quickly but smoothly. There’s no real trick to launching the car. It just takes off with no drama and accelerates effortlessly. In Dynamic mode, the gear shifts are subtly more aggressive, transmitting just a tad of harshness to heighten the perception of sportiness. In any mode, the paddle shifters fire off gear changes with dual-clutch-like speed. Both cars, however, suffered from the same disconnected steering feel as other recent Audis we’ve sampled. Dynamic mode adds steering effort, but no more feedback.

The A5 Sportback rides on a slightly stretched version of the A4’s wheelbase that’s 2.9 inches longer than the A5 coupe’s. That increased length gives it 2.4 inches more legroom than the coupe. On paper, the backseat is smaller than the A4’s, but it’s not a noticeable difference. I was able to sit behind my own driving position with room to spare, and headroom in back was adequate for a taller journalist. The standard front seats in the A5 Sportback are comfortable and supportive enough, but the well-bolstered, diamond-stitched leather S sport seats of the S5 were better suited for twisty mountain roads. With either seat, I was able to adjust it to a low driving position and get a decent H-point.

Interior trim in the A5 looks premium enough, with high-quality plastics and metallic finishes surrounding the driver and passenger. Things get really upscale in the S5, though, with our tester coming with carbon-fiber inlays on the dash and center console, Alcantara door panels, and red contrast stitching everywhere. An MMI infotainment system with 7.0-inch central screen comes standard, but an 8.3-inch display with higher resolution is available with navigation and handwriting recognition capability on the control knob. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit instrument screen is available for both the A5 and S5, and it looks just as impressive here as it does in the rest of the lineup. Also available is a full-color head-up display, which can be placed high in your line of sight (or low, if you prefer) and features bright, easy-to-read characters.

Of course, another benefit of choosing the A5 Sportback over the A4 sedan is the rear liftgate. The cargo area offers 21.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats compared to just 13 cubic feet for the A4’s trunk. With the seats folded down, that expands to 35 cubic-feet. The rear bench is of a 40/20/40 split folding design, so the cargo area is configurable in a variety of ways. Audi says seating capacity is a big factor for customers when cross-shopping vehicles, so the A5 Sportback only offers seating for five, unlike the A7, which offers both four- and five-seat configurations.

The Audi A5 Sportback starts at $43,575, which is $3,225 more than the price of a comparably equipped Audi A4. But you do get a power liftgate, more cargo space, a panoramic sunroof, and an exterior that’s much more interesting to look at. The Sportback’s starting price is in lock step with that of the BMW 430i Gran Coupe, but if you want xDrive all-wheel drive you’ll have to pay $1,620 more than the Audi. The S5 Sportback starts at $55,375, or $3,880 more than the 440i xDrive Gran Coupe, which makes less power at 320 hp and 330 lb-ft.

The A4 has a lot going for it to stimulate the left side of the brain, with its balance of performance, practicality, refinement, and luxury, but there’s not much to satisfy the right side. The A5 Sportback offers virtually the same driving experience as the A4 wrapped in an exterior package that will make you look back longingly every time you walk away from it—with the extra cargo space being an added bonus.

2018 Audi A5, S5 First Drive Review

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Quick: Name a mid-size, four-seat German sport coupe. If you just said BMW 3 Series, that was once the obvious answer, but now that category-defining coupe wears 4 Series badges. Competing with the 4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Lexus RC, and upcoming Infiniti Q60, The 2018 Audi A5 and the higher performance S5 have been completely reengineered to take the four-seat coupe to the next level in terms of dynamics, technology, and efficiency.

Audi hosted the press launch for the first A5 in 2007 in Verona, Italy. The home of Shakespeare’s famous star-crossed lovers was chosen to emphasize the Italian-inspired styling and the emphasis on passion over German pragmatism. The event was held in a countryside art hotel filled with modern glass and chrome sculptures full of primary colors and paintings of strange Cirque Du Soleil-like clowns.

For the 2018 A5 and 2018 S5, Audi hosted journalists in Porto, Portugal at a hotel attached to a ceramics factory decorated in various shades of concrete with beige flourishes. Strange choice considering the new A5 is arguably even more stylish than the last, but regardless of whether you like the harder creases and sweeping lines more than the old car, the science says it is far more aerodynamic; the slipperiest version emerges from the wind tunnel with an impressive CD of 0.25. Audi’s designers say the wave-line running the length of the body at the shoulder evokes the legendary Ur-Quattro, but I don’t see it.

Porto juts up out of the sea to create mountains within miles of the coast. The roads cover the landscape as though the whole area was built as an enthusiast playground. The new A5 and S5 are as much as 130 pounds lighter than the previous model and it’s immediately apparent on the road. Audi has risen to the usually difficult challenge of simultaneously improving both ride and handling. With every generation, Audi’s cars become less nose heavy, although the entire engine is still located forward of the front axle. This car, thanks in part to a torque-vectoring Sport Differential in back, turns in with authority and doesn’t suffer from the understeer associated with the previous car. It is worth pointing out that with the abilities of even the A5, performance limits were never really approached during our drive on public roads, but it was still possible to feel both the Sport Diff and Quattro all-wheel-drive systems working their combined magic.

Propelling the 2018 A5 2.0T from corner to corner is an updated 2.0-liter turbo-four, now producing 252 hp. In the S5,  the new single-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 makes a conservative 354 hp, Audi says. The A5 2.0T is lively and enjoyable— the S5 is quick but so composed the speed really sneaks up on you. The S5’s new turbocharged six has replaced the old supercharged six, which in turn had replaced a naturally aspirated V-8. As much as I liked both previous engines, this is the best yet. The amount of power Audi is producing could have been achieved using a 2.0-liter, but they never would have achieved the linearity and drivability you get with this engine. Europe will see a couple of diesel choices, but don’t expect such options in the U.S.

The 2018 A5 2.0T is equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and the S5 uses a conventional eight-speed automatic. I would enjoy a manual option and many of you might too, but not enough people buy them when Audi does offer them, so they don’t make financial sense anymore. Once you get over that mental hurdle, both transmissions are great examples of self-shifters. Surprisingly, the shifts from the S5’s eight-speed auto don’t feel any slower or less aggressive than the A5’s dual-clutch. Both are responsive, and feature paddle shifters and sport modes.

As with every generation, Audi’s all-wheel-drive system is better than before. The A5 and S5 won’t be mistaken for rear-wheel drive—if they were, they wouldn’t feel like Audis. The electric power steering has also taken a step forward, feeling quicker and more precise. It certainly isn’t bursting with feedback, but it’s certainly as good as its contemporaries from BMW and Mercedes. The variable assist and ratio steering rack is adjusted within the Audi Drive Select system, along with active damping, throttle mapping, and engine sound.

Although the driving experience is solid, what really distinguishes the new A5 and S5 from the competition is the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster. Getting behind the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit is like stepping into a car from a few years into the future. The configurable screen allows you to stare at conventional needles on faces large enough to fill the display or the driver can shrink them down, using the space for other information including a beautiful navigation map.

The rest of the A5 and S5 interior is typical Audi. The simple and intuitive layout isn’t taken to the extreme as in the TT and as a result comes off as more classy, less sterile. The rear seats are still best suited for short trips for short passengers, but trunk space is said to be improved from the 12.2 cubic feet of the outgoing U.S.-spec car. Buyers especially concerned with practical matters will likely opt for the A4 and S4 sedan on which the A5 and S5 are based.

Some of you may be mentally racing the 2018 S5 against the BMW M4 and the Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe, but don’t. This is the S5 and although Audi hasn’t announced any plans of an RS 5, you can bet one is coming. The natural competitors in performance and price are the BMW 440i with a sport package or the Mercedes-AMG C43 coupe. It is difficult to make a judgment among the three cars without driving them on same roads on the same day. Even so, it’s at least possible to say the Audi feels the most high-tech of the bunch and has the performance chops to match.

The premium sport coupe category has never been about all-out speed. The A5 and S5 can melt away miles on the autobahn, tear up a twisty road and even transport the family on occasion. More to the point, however, they are personal cars designed to be enjoyable for the driver everyday on every road. Cars like the 2018 A5 and 2018 S5 don’t make you wait for the weekend drive or track day to be entertained behind the wheel; it’s about the entire experience every day.

2018 Audi A5 and S5 Cabrios Photos and Info – News – Car and Driver

November 2016 By JENS MEINERS Multiple Photographers View 49 Photos

We’ve already seen the new 2018 Audi A5 and S5 as two-door coupes and four-door Sportbacks. Now come the fifth and sixth members of Audi’s expanded A5/S5 family, the A5 and S5 cabriolets. Like the redesigned coupe, the new convertibles are lighter, quicker, and more technologically advanced than their predecessors (which are still on sale in the U.S. as 2017 models).

The new A5 cabriolet will be offered here with a 252-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while the S5 will have a 354-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 and an eight-speed torque-converter automatic. Both models will have Quattro all-wheel drive. We’ve already described what these powertrains are like to drive in our reviews of the A5 coupe and the A5 and S5 Sportback models, and we expect similar performance from the open-roofed versions.

Audi said the convertibles weigh up to 88 pounds less than their predecessors, in large part due to the new MLB Evo architecture, which places an emphasis on shedding pounds. This, despite the fact that the cars are larger: The wheelbase has grown fractionally, by 0.6 inch, while overall length is up by 1.9 inches. Inside, there’s more front shoulder room and rear legroom. The fabric top can be lowered in 15 seconds and closed in 18 seconds while the car is moving at speeds of up to 31 mph. All versions get a standard “acoustic” fabric top, which utilizes several layers to reduce noise. The 13-cubic-foot trunk is expandable via the folding rear seatbacks. As is the fashion nowadays, the trunklid can be opened via a wave of a foot under the rear bumper.

The interior carries over from the other A5 models and therefore is largely identical to the A4 inside. Expect top-notch materials, precise assembly, and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit configurable gauge cluster as an option. Wireless device charging can be spec’d, and the cars gain fancy microphones integrated into the seatbelts for carrying on Bluetooth phone conversations—handy for making calls with the top down.

When the A5 and S5 cabrios arrive in the States in spring 2017, they will face competitors—including the BMW 4-series retractable-hardtop convertible and the Mercedes-Benz C-class convertible—at prices likely to parallel those of the current models.

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2018 Audi A5 and S5 Sportback First Drive Review | Automobile Magazine

SEATTLE, Washington — As sand and soil sift into every mountainside crack and crevice, so Audi fills the niches in its product lineup. It seems to be a force of nature.

So we reflect as the 2018 A5 Sportback and high-performance S5 Sportback join the model range that already comprises A5 and S5 coupes and cabriolets, ranging in price from the low 40s to upper 60s. We know and love the Sportback body style — a coupe-like sedan with a sweeping roof and beautifully integrated liftback — from the A7 and greet this even tidier package with joy.

Audi let us drive both new cars in and around Seattle. The latest buildings we saw there, as well as in Issaquah and Woodinville, blend Asian themes and mountain lodge motifs. We don’t see this style elsewhere, and it emphasized something else: As well as the A5 and S4 Sportbacks perform, their story is really about subtle improvements in design and increasingly tasteful style.

It all starts with the Singleframe grille. If the bridge workers’ union voted for best car grille, Audis would win. We remember our initial shock, years ago, when the theme was introduced, but now we love it — and it does evoke heritage.

The A5 Sportback isn’t just another pretty face, though. The bodywork has elegant proportions and the creased character line flares and flutes. In fact, during the product presentation, Audi showcased a dark gray S5 that bent light like a gravitational field. The roofline — inconceivably low because of the frameless doors — strikes its own grace notes.

“We didn’t just put a backpack on a coupe to give this car extra room,” said product planning chief Barry Hoch.

Of course, there is extra room, namely, some 35.0 cubic feet of cargo space with rear seats folded. Hoch said a mountain bike would go in through the hatch.

Shall we speak of tradeoffs? The A5 Sportback stands 54.6 inches high, but getting into the rear seat isn’t so easy. Blake Griffin would prefer to fly over the car and dunk rather than enter it. The buyer planning to drive for Uber on the side to promote their business should look for something boxier.

Once under way, we had to ask why anyone wouldn’t otherwise be completely happy with the A5 Sportback, especially for $43,575. Powering the car is Audi’s ubiquitous 2.0-liter turbo-four. Here it makes 252 hp at 5,000 rpm and 273 lb-ft of torque at 1,600 rpm. We find this impressive, along with the 5.7-second 0 to 60 mph dash and 130-mhp top speed. And the turbocharger is as obsequious as a courtier.

When we chose Sport mode and used the paddle shifters, the seven-speed automatic became more tenacious and we heard a bit of tremolo from the exhaust. The land rolled enough to give us a taste of the five-links in front and rear, but glassy-smooth King County pavement prevented our discovering any flaws in ride quality. Not that any would be expected.

Naturally, a contingent of buyers — about 15 percent of the mix, we’re told — will prefer the V-6, sacrificing 3 combined mpg to pick up extra horsepower and torque. The S5 Sportback starts at $55,375 and has a 3.0-liter turbo-six, which as Audi points out, weighs just 379 pounds — less than most motorcycles.

The V-6 produces 354 hp at 5,400 rpm and 369 lb-ft at 1,370 rpm and 0 to 60 mph takes just 4.5 seconds. An eight-speed automatic replaces the seven-speed and it is as dutiful and smooth as a skilled event planner — perhaps too smooth for this application, we wouldn’t mind a fair whomp! every now and them. The S5 Sportback will sail past the A5 while achieving the electronically limited 155 mph (on summer tires) as a bona-fide sporting note comes from the four exhaust outlets.

Whereas the A5 starts with Premium trim, the S5 has the additional comforts and beauty of Premium Plus. In our S5 we found a flat-bottom steering wheel and lovely, diamond-quilted leather upholstery and Alcantara trim. The available “virtual cockpit” digital instrument cluster even has a sport mode. Like the exterior, the cabin is an exercise in restraint and good taste, although the plethora of info screens brings some redundancy.

Options on the S5 are a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, striking 19-inch wheels, and a sport package with red calipers, adaptive dampers, and a “sport” rear differential. A suite of advanced driver assistance features is available. Hoch noted the side assist keeps the driver from opening the door as one of downtown Seattle’s freight delivery bicycles approaches, but the system can’t “read” carbon-fiber frames at all.

Swift, comfortable, and stylish, these two new Audis tantalize with the just the right combination of capability and features. As sand and soil fill cracks and crevices, tree roots develop. And so it is as Audi keeps expanding its range, taking sales from the brands relying more and more the sale of trucks and crossovers without advancing its cars. For those of us who still love good cars, the A5 and S5 Sportback must be considered.

PRICE $43,575/$55,375 (base)
ENGINE 2.0L turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I-4/252 hp @ 5,000 rpm, 273 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm; 3.0L turbocharged DOHC 24-valve V-6/354 hp @ 5,000 rpm, 369 lb-ft @ 1,370 rpm
TRANSMISSION 7-speed automatic; 8-speed automatic
LAYOUT 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD liftback
EPA MILEAGE 21-24/30-34 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H 186.3/187.1 x 72.6 x 54.5/54.6 in
WEIGHT 3,704/3,924 lb
0-60 MPH 5.7/4.5 sec
TOP SPEED 130/155 mph
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