2012 Audi A5 and S5 Get Makeover in Europe, Expected to Hit U.S. by 2013
For 2012, Audi has revised its A5 coupe and convertible range in Europe to coordinate with Audi’s new corporate look featured on the A6 sedan and A7 hatchback. This is just a taste of what we should see when the cars reach our shores for the 2013 model year. While new sheet metal is the obvious change, improvements to the curvaceous A5 lineup are more than just skin-deep.While Audi’s 211-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine carries over for 2012, Audi has dropped its naturally aspirated 3.2-liter V-6 engine overseas for a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that produces 272 horsepower, a modest seven horsepower bump. If the engine heads to the U.S. market, expect significantly improved gas mileage over the outgoing six’s EPA-rated 18/27 mpg city/highway when the engine eventually makes its way under the hood of the U.S.-spec A5. Stepping up to the S5, the 4.2-liter V-8 is finally gone from the coupe in Europe, replaced by the convertible’s less powerful but significantly lighter supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine that puts out 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. In the S4 sedan, the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 helps the car achieve an EPA-rated 18/28 mpg city/highway, a huge improvement over the 2011 coupe’s 16/24 mpg city/highway rating. Despite being down 21 horsepower, torque figures remain identical between the two engines, and Audi expects the coupe to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.9 seconds.Changes to the interior are minor and consist of new steering column stalks, a new driver’s key design, and control switches in addition to new interior materials and leather colors. Audi has also significantly upgraded its audio and infotainment systems starting with an eight-speaker audio system. On the MMI navigation system, button count has been reduced, the interface has been simplified, and the MMI-equipped models now act as a WiFi hotspot with Google Earth also embedded in the navigation system. Prices for the 2012 U.S. models, which will retain the styling and electronics from the current models on sale here, have not been announced. Expect the redesigned model to go on sale here sometime mid- to late-2012 as a 2013 model. Source: Audi
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