Meet the best looking member of Audi’s growing ‘B9’ model generation. Built on the same MLB Evo platform as Audi A4 (and Audi Q7), the A5/S5 Coupe also drives better than the average Audi. The lowered suspension of A5 Coupe impacts on ride quality though.
Frequently – and justly – Audi is praised for the precision and beauty of its interiors. Now, with the new A5/S5 Coupe, hymns to Ingolstadt’s mastery of metal will need to be composed. To run a finger along the join between the four-seater’s clamshell bonnet and its front guards is to encounter pressed perfection.
This ‘hot-vee’ design allows a shorter pathway for gas flow, reducing lag and sharpening throttle response. And there’s no question as to its effectiveness.
Maximum torque of 500Nm is available from 1370rpm and continues on to 4500rpm, giving a torque curve which looks like a sketch of Ayres Rock. The peak power of 260kW is there from 5400rpm to 6400rpm, so it’s not a mad revver, but those numbers do give an insight into why the delivery feels so linear.
Though it has refined its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the car is still capable of the odd dorky moment, jerking sharply when the transmission second-guesses itself.
While it doesn’t come up often, the issue is a reminder of the flawed brilliance inherent in the dual-clutch transmission design.
There’s really not a lot wrong with the A5. Audi has nailed its brief once again, creating a car the blends the new A4’s cutting-edge tech with a dash more dynamism and genuine beauty.