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Audi A5

Audi is a German car maker specializing in luxury vehicles with an emphasis on technology, speed, and comfort. Founded in 1909 in Zwickau, Germany, Audi is a privately-owned car company over 95% owned by Volkswagen AG. Though Audi’s headquarters is in Ingolstadt, Germany, Audi has plants in Germany, China, India, Brazil, and Belgium, and sells vehicles all around the world. Audi sells compact vehicles, full-size cars, executive vehicles, sports cars, SUVs, and crossovers. In addition to a popular consumer line, Audi experiences success in motorsports-related vehicles.

The A5 is a luxury compact vehicle that signified Audi’s return to manufacturing compact cars. The Audi A5 was first introduced to the market in 2007, and a limited number of models have been built since. A5 models are assembled in Germany and Malaysia.

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About the Audi A5

The Audi A5 is perhaps best known in automotive circles as Audi’s return to compact vehicles. For most consumers, however, the Audi A5 is known for its sporty look, powerful engine, and impressive handling. It is a true luxury sports car, offering a smooth and comfortable ride along with plenty of quick-off-the-line speed.

The Audi A5 is offered in a five-door hatchback, two-door coupe, or two-door convertible, and is a version of the B8 Audi A4 models. Both the A4 and the A5 replaced the Audi 80 and Audi 90 models along with other related models in that category.

The A5 is based on the MLP platform, which is the same platform planned to support future A6 and A8 models. The platform represents a departure from Audi’s previous platforms, as it places the powertrain behind the front axle in order to achieve better weight redistribution. The first A5 boasted a 3.2-liter FSI V-6 engine. Early models in the United States were available in six-speed manual transmission or six-speed “Tiptronic” automatic transmission.

Though the A5 is still in its first generation, Audi has produced a number of different body styles, with different A5s often being released simultaneously or within the same year. The A5 Coupe 8T3 is a basic two-door model featuring a manual or automatic six-speed transmission. The A5 Cabriolet or convertible, was released in 2009, is available as a convertible. It boasts a three-liter TFSI V-6 supercharged engine. The coupe sedan A5 Sportback is available in a number of different styles. The Aluminum A5 Coupe made its debut in 2009, showcasing the prototype aluminum Audi Space Frame. Also closely related to the A5 are versions of the Audi S5 sedan that include popular sellers like the A5 coupe and convertible.

Modern Audi A5s

The 2012 Audi A5 Coupe is a compact sports car with an updated body and a number of luxurious and sporty features. It has a two-liter TFSI four-cylinder turbocharged engine putting out 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The car’s lightweight design is capable of taking a driver from zero to 60 in 6.4 seconds. The 2012 A5 is available in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige packages. Prices range from $37,100 for the most basic model to $46,300 for the Prestige model. Some of the features included on the basic model are 18-inch 15-spoke alloy wheels, a powerful Audi sound system, LED turn signals, heated mirrors, leather interior, and sunroof. The Premium package comes with an immobilizer alarm system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, trip computer, and eight-way power front seats. The Prestige model ups the ante by adding adaptive lights, Audi advanced key, and MMI Navigation plus.

Audi A5 Evolution

First released in 2007, the Audi A5 has had several model versions, including the A5 TFSI Coupe (2007); A5 1.8 TFSI (2009); the A5 2.0 and 2.0 Quattro (2008 to present); the 3.2 and 3.2 Quattro (2007 to present); and the S5 and RS5 models from 2007 to present and 2010 to present, respectively. The A5 also appeared in diesel versions of the Sportback and quattro models, as well as the A5 2.7 and A5 3.0.

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