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PostHeaderIcon Audi Spills the Beans on 2019 Model Updates

Audi is gearing up for a raft of changes throughout its model range in 2019 that sees a number of cars get their facelifts done while adding some new models to the lineup like the e-Tron SUV.

German automaker Audi, part of the Volkswagen Group, is currently fighting an uphill battle against its core rivals in the executive and luxury segments. Audi’s global sales figure barely went up by 0.6% last year and, while 2018 stats look better, Mercedes-Benz and BMW are still the key reference points. In the U.S., Audi’s growth is a bit more visible, sitting at about 7.75% between 2016 and 2017, with the current trend seemingly still strong on its feet.

PostHeaderIcon Audi Eliminates Manual Transmission From Its U.S. Lineup

The traditional manual transmission is not preferred by the new breed of customers in the U.S., and that’s the bottom line. We’ve seen a lot of automakers lately, providing only automatics in their offerings. The latest to go fully-automatic is Audi. The German company is replacing manual transmissions with automatic and dual-clutch gearboxes across its entire line-up. Why, Audi, why?

PostHeaderIcon Audi A5 Cabriolet – Driven

Audi has been hard at work revamping its A5 and S5 lineup over the last few years. The two-door coupes and four-door Sportback versions debuted in the U.S. for 2017, bringing the new MLB Evo architecture, big updated in active safety features, and Audi’s widely praised Virtual Cockpit. Now for 2018, the drop-top version gets its go, completing the A5 lineup. But rather than taking Audi’s word on these improvements, I needed the wind through my hair.

A 2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0T with the Prestige package arrived for the week fitted with nearly every option. While that inflated the price slightly past $65,000, the A5 proved its competence at being an all-rounder, working both as an everyday luxury coupe and as an open-top weekend toy. All it takes is 15 seconds to lower the top and the car changes its demeanor. Much of that can be credited to the multi-layer “acoustic” soft top and generous amounts of insulation. Even passing a semi truck on the interstate is hushed. The new interior pushes the bar for Audi, yet again. Soft-touch materials are paired well with high-end trimmings and in-dash technology that feels cutting-edge. Heck, there’s even microphones embedded into the front seatbelts for taking calls with the top down. It’s this attention to detail that makes the 2018 A5 Cabriolet so interesting. But what’s it like to live with? Keep reading to find out.

Continue reading for the full driven review.


PostHeaderIcon First Impressions: 2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet

Audi just wrapped up the A5’s first decade with a bang – a move into its second generation. The A5 debuted for 2007 and made quite a name for itself over the past 10 years. The second-generation A5 broke cover for the 2017 model year in Europe, but has taken the customary year before crossing the pond. Now Audi showrooms are filling with both Coupe and Cabriolet versions for 2018. My driveway is also home (though sadly, only for the week) to Audi’s new compact executive convertible.

My Silver Metallic A5 Cabriolet is dressed in the range-topping Prestige trim and powered by the 2.0-liter TFSI engine backed by a dual-clutch and Quattro AWD. Its sharp bodylines and new hexagonal grille bring a new, more aggressive attitude to the A5. The optional bi-color, 19-inch multispoke wheels certainly help, too. The angular design borrows from other new-age Audi products, including the swanky TT Coupe. In person, the 2018 A5 Cab is more muscular and purposeful – far more than the rounded and unathletic appearance of the previous car. Audi designers went even further with the A5 Cabriolet’s interior. Like the A5 Coupe, the cabin feels more like a cockpit thanks to its racy design, Virtual Cockpit instrumentation, and myriad of buttons scattered about. So what’s it like getting behind the wheel for the first time? Keep reading.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi A5

Audi initially offered the A5 Coupe in 2007, signaling its return to the segment after over a decade of sitting on the sidelines. In 2012, the German manufacturer updated the premium two-door with a mid-cycle refresh, but now, it’s time for the second generation to take the torch. Standout revisions include more efficiency thanks to a lower curb weight and improved aerodynamics, more power from the range of four- and six-cylinder engines, and an impressive catalogue of technological innovations for safety, convenience, and infotainment.

The thing is, it sort of looks as though Ingolstadt didn’t do a whole lot for this generational changeover. That said, sweeping transformations aren’t exactly Audi’s forte, and as soon as you dig under the skin, the differences start to become apparent. It starts with new bones, including an updated chassis. The tried and true powerplant lineup was tuned for more bang for your buck. There’s more space inside, and the classic Four Ring styling outside was tweaked just enough to be noticeable. All in all, the new A5 is undoubtedly worthy of its next-gen designation.

Continue reading to learn more about the new Audi A5.


PostHeaderIcon Audi A5 Convertible

The second-generation Audi A5 was unveiled in 2016, nearly ten years after the sporty coupe arrived on the market to replace the 90 model. Designed around the A4 sedan, which broke cover in 2015, the new A5 gained more angular body lines, a “Singleframe” grille that’s wider and flatter than before, a modern interior with Audi’s new “continuous air vent strip” design, and a revised engine lineup.

2015 was quite a busy year for Audi, with the Germans launching the Q7, A4 and R8, and 2016 turned out to be just as crowded, with at least as many new vehicles from the Ingolstadt-based company. One such model is the A5 Convertible, which broke cover in early November after many months of testing with camouflaged bodies. Overhauled in order to give the BMW 4 Series Convertible and the brand-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible a run for their money, the A5 drop-top is almost identical to the coupe aside from the soft-top and additional chassis and body reinforcement.

Audi’s new design language, classy interiors, and updated drivetrains should at least make the new A5 a strong competitor in this crowded niche, while the lighter weight and underpinnings make the convertible quicker and more nimble than the previous model. Find out more about all that in my detailed review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Audi A5 Convertible.


PostHeaderIcon Rendering: Audi A5 Cabriolet

Audi A5 Cabriolet render

Theophilus Chin’s latest rendering of a future production car is the Audi A5 Cabriolet, and boy does it look good. That’s the thing about Audi’s drop-top four-seater. Bo matter how dull the hardtop version might be, the Cabrio version always drips with class and charisma.

It is said that Audi cabriolets are among the classiest cars one can buy owing to the fact that they are understatedly luxurious and effortlessly cool, like a handsome man in a custom made suit. The Audi A5 Cabriolet Chin has penned here certainly fits that description.

The car features the current Audi styling trends like the frowning LED headlights and the hexagonal grille that seems to be getting thinner with every new car they launch. Then there is the long and slender body with fenders that are flared just so, and the traditional silver pillars and mirror caps. Yes, Audi A5 Cabriolet is a serious looker. They always cost an arm and a leg, these Audis, but they are totally worth it.

Now what we would like to see is a RS5 version of this car with a TFSI V8 engine under the hood. We just hope they don’t get carried away and ruin the whole design by fitting overly aggressive bumpers and aero kits.

Rendering by Theophilus Chin

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PostHeaderIcon Audi A5 DTM Selection Limited-Edition

Having won seven drivers’ championships and four constructors’ titles between 2002 and 2015, Audi has plenty of reasons to be proud of its recent DTM campaigns. And even though 2015 was a rather disappointing season, it didn’t stop the Germans from creating a special-edition model that celebrates the A5’s efforts in the racing series.

Meet the A5 DTM Selection, a limited-edition coupe that carries the spirit of Audi’s DTM-spec coupe from the race track to the road.

Limited to only 50 units and priced at €74,540 (about $84,700) in Germany, the A5 DTM Selection is Audi’s third road car to wear the DTM badge. The first one came in 2005 as the A4 DTM Edition only a few months after Audi had won all three titles in the series. The second one was the 2014 A5 DTM Champion that celebrated Mike Rockenfeller’s 2013 victory.

Though Ingolstadt has nothing to celebrate in 2015 with Mercedes-Benz and BMW only one round away from winning the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championship, respectively, Audi decided that the current-generation A5 deserves another DTM special-edition before it goes out of production.

Continue reading to learn more about the Audi A5 DTM Selection Limited-Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Next Audi A5 Caught Testing For The First Time: Spy Shots

On the market since 2007, the Audi A5 is getting a little long in the tooth. Now that the A4 has received its long-awaited redesign, the crew in Ingolstadt has turned to giving the coupe a makeover. Though it won’t make its public debut until 2016, the 2016 Audi A5 has already hit the streets in the form of a camouflaged prototype.

Much like the newly revealed 2016 Audi A4, the A5 will ride on Audi’s latest MLB platform, nicknamed the MLB Evo. Introduced with the second-generation 2016 Audi Q7, the new underpinnings should make the coupe more than 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor. With the current version tipping the scales at 3,307 pounds, the redesigned model could weigh only a bit over 3,000 pounds, which will improve both performance and fuel economy.

Naturally, a new A5 will also bring four more redesigned vehicles to the market. Audi is probably already working on a higher performance S5 and range-topping RS5, as well as a convertible version too. A Sportback model is also in the works, but this will likely remain an Europe-exclusive offering.

Look for the U.S.-spec A5 to arrive stateside for the 2018 model year.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Next Audi A5 Caught Testing For The First Time: Spy Shots

On the market since 2007, the Audi A5 is getting a little long in the tooth. Now that the A4 has received its long-awaited redesign, the crew in Ingolstadt has turned to giving the coupe a makeover. Though it won’t make its public debut until 2016, the 2016 Audi A5 has already hit the streets in the form of a camouflaged prototype.

Much like the newly revealed 2016 Audi A4, the A5 will ride on Audi’s latest MLB platform, nicknamed the MLB Evo. Introduced with the second-generation 2016 Audi Q7, the new underpinnings should make the coupe more than 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor. With the current version tipping the scales at 3,307 pounds, the redesigned model could weigh only a bit over 3,000 pounds, which will improve both performance and fuel economy.

Naturally, a new A5 will also bring four more redesigned vehicles to the market. Audi is probably already working on a higher performance S5 and range-topping RS5, as well as a convertible version too. A Sportback model is also in the works, but this will likely remain an Europe-exclusive offering.

Look for the U.S.-spec A5 to arrive stateside for the 2018 model year.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Audi Temporarily Discontinues the RS4 Avant and RS5

The Audi RS family is now short by two members, according to a report out of Germany. The claim is that the German automaker has temporarily discontinued the 2013 Audi RS4 Avant and the 2014 Audi RS5 Coupe and 2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet.

What’s odd about this report is the timing. You see, the A4 and A5 are set for updates in 2016, and their respective RS versions will not arrive until 2017. This means that there will be a full two years before the new versions of these models roll out.

On the surface, there isn’t a very good reason for discontinuing these two with such a large gap between now and the production restart. Obviously, there is more to this than meets the eye, but I am drawing a blank as to what the other reasons could be.

For those of you who simply cannot wait until 2017, the S4 and S5 will get their refresh in 2016 as well. This way, you can get at least a taste of Audi performance without waiting too awfully long.

To make matters worse, if you were planning on running out and picking up one of these discontinued models now, you may be out of luck. According to the report, Audi has already stopped production and is not taking any more orders of these two RS models. So, you had better hope that dealers in your area have a little leftover stock.

I hope that we’ll have some updates on the next-generation RS4 and RS5 soon, but I don’t recommend holding your breath.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Rowen Audi A5 Styling Kit Launched

Rowen Audi A5-0

After successfully transforming the Audi A4 and S4 into handsome things, Rowen Japan has now come up with a similar package for the A5, the Sportback version. Rowen Audi A5 gets a more elaborate styling treatment and although it is kind of showy, it still looks pretty cool.

The main ingredients of Rowen Audi A5 Sportback include revise front bumper with spoiler lip and LED lights, side skirts, rear bumper with integrated diffuser, extra grilles, and carbon tailpipes, and a nice little boot lid spoiler. Each and every one of these elements is designed to match the serious and clean lines of the Audi. So you don’t get many curves and twists. It is mostly straight lines, but together they give the A5 a very sporty look.

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Apart from the styling kit, Rowen Audi A5 also benefits from a custom exhaust system complete with rear mufflers. They can be had in stainless steel, titanium and carbon fiber, and they are priced from 220K to 265K Yen. The body kit runs for 530K Yen for the full-fat stage III version with carbon bits which for what if offers and the change it results in is kind of a bargain.

The post Rowen Audi A5 Styling Kit Launched appeared first on Motorward.

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