Eindelijk is het zo ver: de Audi A5 Sportback is officieel. Audi beweert dat de A5 Sportback het beste van drie werelden combineert.
En de drie werelden die de Audi A5 Sportback volgens Audi combineert zijn de volgende: de emotie van een coupé, het comfort van een sedan en het gemak van een station wagon. Deze Audi A5 is de derde variant in de Audi A5-familie, naast de Audi A5 Coupé en de Audi A5 Cabrio.
De A5 Sportback is eigenlijk een grote platgeslagen hatchback, de daklijn is 36mm lager dan de A4 Sedan en de wielbasis meet 2,8 meter. De achterbank is volwaardig, er is dus voldoende hoofd- en beenruimte voor volwassen passagiers. Ook de bagageruimte is met 480 liter best imposant, deze waarde evenaart bijna de A4 Avant. Met de achterste zetels neergeklapt beschikt de A5 Sportback zelfs over een bagageruimte van 980 liter.
Het benzinemotorenpallet begint bij een 180 pk sterke 2.0 liter motor en eindigt bij een 3.2 liter V6-motor die 265 pk uitbraakt. De dieselliefhebbers kunnen een 2.0 liter TDI-motor kopen met 170 pk, maar ook een 2.7 liter TDI-motor die 190 pk levert en een 3.0 liter TDI-motor die 240 paarden sterk is. De eerste twee dieselmotoren beschikken over voorwielaandrijving, voor de 3.0 liter TDI-motor achtte Audi het nodig het gekende Quattro-systeem te implementeren.
In deze CO2-allergische tijden speelt het verbruik en de vervuiling uiteraard een grote rol. De 2.0 liter TDI-motor tekent een verbruik van 5,2 liter diesel per 100 km op, gepaard met een schadelijke uitstoot van 137 gram per kilometer. Deze cijfers zouden doen vermoeden dat deze motor de wagen amper kan doen vooruitgaan, maar niets is minder waar. Nul naar honderd is na 8,7 seconden voorbij en de topsnelheid bedraagt 228 km/u. In de toekomst komt er nog een 2.0 liter TDI-motor met 143 pk, die iets minder zou presteren op gebied van snelheid, maar iets beter op gebied van milieuvriendelijkheid.
De 2.7 liter V6-diesel van Audi levert 190 pk en 400 Nm en kan na 8,2 seconden al 100 km/u rijden. De topsnelheid komt neer op 235 km/u. De 240 pk sterke V6 doet slechts 6,1 seconden over de sprint naar 100 km/u en kan een topsnelheid van 247 km/u aan. Ondanks deze mooie prestaties zou het verbruik slechts op 6,6 liter per 100 km neerkomen.
Van de 2.0 liter TFSI-motor biedt Audi 2 verschillende varianten aan. De sterkste variant krijgt 211 pk, de lichtste moet het met 180 pk stellen. De krachtigste motor doet 6,6 seconden over de sprint naar 100 en kan een topsnelheid van 241 km/u bereiken. Deze prestaties gaan gepaard met een verbruik van 7,4 liter benzine per 100 km. De V6-benzinemotor levert zoals eerder vermeld 265 pk en haalt een topsnelheid van 250 km/u. Het verbruik komt op die manier wel neer op 9,3 liter per 100 km.
Over de buitenkant hoeven we verder niet veel meer te zeggen en hetzelfde geldt voor de binnenkant. De buitenkant is in feite gewoon een Audi A5 Coupé met een extra deur en de binnenkant is een Audi A5 Coupé met een ruimere achterbank en een grotere koffer. Desondanks het gebrek aan originaliteit moet er toch gezegd worden dat deze Audi A5 Sportback er schitterend uitziet.
Voor potentiële kopers speelt de prijs uiteraard een grote rol en al bij al valt de prijs nog goed mee. Het basismodel kost €33.650. Voor wie dat teveel geld zou zijn, is er nog een andere oplossing. Tegen 2010 zou er een nieuw instapmodel moeten komen van de Audi A5 Sportback, dat minder zou kosten dan het huidige instapmodel.
Hieronder een overzicht van de startprijzen van alle motorisaties:
2.0 TDI with 6-speed manual transmission 36,050 euros
2.7 TDI with 6-speed manual transmission 39,300 euros
3.0 TDI quattro with 7-speed S tronic 47,950 euros
2.0 TFSI (132 kW / 180 hp)
with 6-speed manual transmission 33,650 euros
2.0 TFSI (155 kW / 211 hp) quattro
with 7-speed S tronic 42,150 euros
3.2 FSI quattro with S tronic 47,000 euros
Onder de foto’s kan je de perstekst van Audi terugvinden, waar ongeveer alles in verband met de Audi A5 Sportback terug te vinden is. Alvast veel leesplezier!
The Audi A5 Sportback – the best of three worlds
Audi is presenting a new vehicle concept – the Audi A5 Sportback. The fivedoor
model with the long, flowing rear end unites the best of various vehicle
genres: the emotion and elegance of a coupe, the comfort of a sedan and the
practicality of a station wagon. The Sportback joins the Coupé and Cabriolet
as the third member of the A5 model family.
The A5 Sportback will be rolling into Audi dealerships in September
featuring an emotion-packed design, high everyday practicality, a sporty
character and engines that are as efficient as they are powerful. Sales have
already begun, with prices starting at 33,650 euros. A further, speciallypriced
model to follow in 2010 will make the A5 Sportback the entry-level
model in the A5 model series.
Audi, the inventor of the Avant, is setting new trends in design with the
A5 Sportback. The five-door coupe is defined by elegant lines. It is 36 millimeters
(1.42 in) lower than the A4 Sedan; with its short front overhang, long wheelbase,
wide track and the four frameless doors with their slender window lines, it is the
very picture of sporty elegance.
The interior is spacious, offering uncompromising comfort in all four seats. The
large luggage compartment hatch is harmoniously integrated into the long, tapered
tail end with the flat C pillars; the spoiler lip underscores the tension-filled
character. The luggage compartment volume of 480 liters (16.95 cu ft) nearly
matches that of the A4 Avant and increases to 980 liters (34.61 cu ft) with the rear
seats folded down.
The A5 Sportback follows the consistent path of innovative technologies at Audi
when it comes to the drivetrain. All of the engines are highly-efficient direct
injection models – TDI for the cultivated diesels, FSI for the gasoline engines –
and all comply with the Euro 5 emissions standard.
All models are equipped with a recuperation system that recovers energy during
braking and deceleration and stores it temporarily in the battery.
Audi is initially offering three gasoline and three TDI engines, with three more
engines to follow by mid-2010. The gasoline engines – the two-liter TFSI with
132 kW (180 hp) or 155 kW (211 hp) and the 3.2-liter V6 with 195 kW (265 hp) –
are equipped with the Audi valvelift system for variable control of valvelift. The
intelligent technology boosts performance while simultaneously reducing fuel
The 2.0 TDI produces 125 kW (170 hp) and consumes on average a frugal
5.2 liters of fuel per 100 km (45.23 US mpg). It is coupled with the start-stop
system, which further enhances fuel efficiency in city traffic. The 140 kW
(190 hp) 2.7-liter TDI offers even more power. The 3.0 TDI, which also
features the S tronic, puts out an impressive 176 kW (240 hp).
Like the three gasoline engines, the top diesel engine delivers its power to the
quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. The two most powerful engines are
optionally available with the newly developed sport differential, which variably
distributes power between the rear wheels and provides even greater dynamics,
driving pleasure and safety. The two TDI models with front-wheel drive – the
2.0 TDI and 2.7 TDI – and the 2.0 TFSI (132 kW / 180 hp) benefit from another
Audi innovation: The ESP stabilization program with electronic front differential
lock increases agility and prevents understeer.
The perfect complement is the Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system, which
enables the driver to freely vary the throttle response characteristic, the shifting
points of the seven-speed S tronic, and the boost provided by the servotronic
steering system, which comes standard (from power outputs of 140 kW (190 hp)
upwards). The system is offered as a modular package with at least one of the
following three options: sport differential, adaptive shock absorber control or
dynamic steering with variable boost.
At a glance
The Audi A5 Sportback
– Six engines from 125 kW (170 hp) to 195 kW (265 hp) at launch; three
additional engines by the middle of next year
– Direct fuel injection for all engines
– Exceptional performance with exemplary efficiency
– All engines with recuperation system
– 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TFSI with start-stop system
– Depending on the engine: manual, multitronic or seven-speed S tronic
– quattro all-wheel drive in the top models; sport differential for variable
distribution of power to the rear wheels as an option from 176 kW (240 hp)
– Balanced axle load distribution, lightweight construction suspension
– 17-inch aluminum wheels standard, with options up to 20 inches
– ESP stabilization system with new electronic front differential lock standard
on front-wheel drive models
– Optional Audi drive select dynamic control system, adaptive shock absorber
control, dynamic steering and sport differential available as options
– Sporty, elegant design with flowing, stretched lines
– Large luggage compartment hatch with two-piece cover
– 480 to 980 liters of luggage space (16.95 to 34.61 cu ft)
– Generously spacious interior with easy entry
Equipment and trim
– Comprehensive and comfortable standard equipment with luxurious options
– State-of-the art assistance systems available as options
– Two powerful MMI navigation systems available
Audi with a new style
The Audi A5 Sportback
The best of three worlds: The new Audi A5 Sportback, the third model in
the A5 series, has the elegance of a coupe, the comfort of a sedan and the
practicality of a station wagon. Its emotional design is combined with a
sporty overall character and many practical characteristics for everyday
driving. State-of-the-art power plants provide for superior efficiency; new
technologies for greater safety and dynamics. The A5 Sportback will roll
into dealerships in September, with prices starting at 33,650 euros for the
2.0 TFSI with an output of 132 kW (180 hp).
With the A5 Sportback, Audi has once again reinforced its position as the leader
in automotive design. The five-door coupe features emotional and progressive
styling to fascinate with powerful elegance and sporty proportions. It is 4.71
meters (15.45 ft) long and 1.85 meters (6.07 ft) wide, but only 1.39 meters
(4.56 ft) tall – 36 millimeters (1.42 in) shorter than the A4 Sedan, for example.
the long wheelbase of 2.81 meters (9.22 ft), the short overhangs and the wide
track (1.59 meters (5.22 ft.)) up front, 1.58 meters (5.18 ft.) at the rear), the
A5 Sportback cuts a powerful figure on the road.
The front is marked with horizontal lines. The horizontal bars come to the
forefront in the single-frame grille, which is framed with a narrow strip of
anodized aluminum. Two lateral edges underscore the presence of the singleframe
grille and extend over the hood as a powerful V contour.
The wide headlights are like technical works of art. A strut vapor-coated with
chrome – the “wing” – separates the individual lamp chambers and imparts an
unmistakable look. Typical for Audi, the daytime running lights are standard –
as are the fog lights, which are mounted in the side air intakes and framed with
a tasteful chrome ring.
Audi uses ellipsoidal halogen headlamps in models with engines below 140 kW
(190 hp). The xenon plus units standard on the other models are available here as
an option. With these headlamps, the daytime running light is provided by lightemitting
diodes (LEDs) arranged in an arched strip. The LEDs are characterized
by their distinct appearance and particularly low energy consumption. The
dynamic cornering light system known as adaptive light is optionally available for
The A5 Sportback’s sporty character is also immediately apparent when viewed
from the side. The large wheels – 17-inch wheels are standard with sizes up to
20 inches available as options – are framed by a powerful body with a slender
window strip. The C pillar runs rearward in a long, elegant wave. The pillar
integrates a narrow third side window with an upward pointing tip – a homage
to the Audi 100 Coupé S from 1969.
Typical Audi: the ratio of glass to sheet metal
The ratio of glass to sheet metal surfaces is between one-third and two-thirds,
a characteristic Audi proportion. The sharp edges in the sheet metal are also
characteristic of the brand. They mark the edges of tautly muscular,
convex/concave surfaces and subdivide the profile – the elegantly curving
shoulder line runs below the window sill; the dynamic line above the door sills.
The exterior mirrors with their LED turn signals add further fine touches.
Horizontal lines also emphasize the width at the tail. The spoiler lip on the large
luggage compartment hatch has a contrasting look. Except for the 2.0 TDI, the
exhaust system’s tailpipes run separately down the left and right sides. All models
feature straight pipes, even with the TDI engines. The pipes are thus a visual cue
indicative of the low emissions – after all, particulate filters have long been
standard on Audi models.
The two-piece tail lights taper inward; if equipped with xenon plus headlights,
LEDs form a distinctive ring-like light pattern. The third brake light is integrated
into the vehicle contour as a narrow strip on the upper edge of the rear window.
24 individual light-emitting diodes produce a homogenous light here rather than
point lights. With this new technology, Audi once again underscores its leading
role in the world of LED technology.
A5 Sportback buyers can choose from a palette of 15 paint colors. The solid
colors are called Ibis White, Brilliant Black and Brilliant Red. The effect finishes
go by the names Ice Silver, Amethyst Gray, Dakar Beige, Sphere Blue, Condor
Gray, Aruba Blue, Lava Gray, Phantom Black, Garnet Red, Deep Green, Deep
Sea Blue and Meteor Gray.
For many Audi customers, the design is a prominent factor, and often the primary
factor, in the buying decision. This will certainly also be the case with the A5
Sportback. Its future buyers are expected to be somewhat younger than the
customers for the A4 Sedan and Avant. They enjoy a high standard of living, are
oriented toward sport, prestige and lifestyle, and are often self-employed in
creative professions. They are technology enthusiasts and appreciate new
The mid-size premium segment is Europe is stable – emotion-packed new models
like the Audi A5 Sportback have very good prospects. Audi plans to sell the vast
majority of the volume in Western Europe, with a good third of total sales
expected to remain in Germany. Great Britain is expected to be the second-largest
sales market, followed by France, Italy and Spain.
Audi A5 Sportback: Exterior dimensions
Length 4,711 mm (15.45 ft)
Width 1,854 mm (6.07 ft)
Height 1,391 mm (4.56 ft)
Wheelbase 2,810 mm (9.22 ft)
Track, front 1,590 mm (5.22 ft)
Track, rear 1,575 mm (5.18 ft)
The foundation for the qualities that characterize the Audi A5 Sportback is the
high body stiffness, which provides the basis for the precise, sporty handling, the
superior ride comfort, the high crash safety and the tranquility on board.
Oscillations and vibrations are practically imperceptible to the driver and
passengers – including those transmitted through the steering wheel and the seat,
which comprise the interface to the vehicle.
Audi uses a wide range of state-of-the-art technologies to build the body-in-white.
These include hot-shaped steel sheets, most of which are fabricated in the
Ingolstadt plant where the A5 Sportback is produced. The tailored blanks of boron
alloy steel are heated to 950 degrees Celsius in a continuous furnace and
immediately quenched and shaped in a water-cooled die.
This imparts them with an extremely high tensile strength. You could hang six
Audi A5 Sportback cars weighing a total of ten tons from a strip of this material
two millimeters (0.08 in) thick and 30 millimeters wide (1.18 in). Hot-shaped
steels are very light, and profoundly impact the weight balance. The A5 Sportback
2.0 TFSI weighs only 1,500 kilograms (3,307 lb).
Consistent use of lightweight construction: aluminum front fenders
Hot-shaped steels are used in the side sills, the longitudinal members, the center
console, the B-pillars and the front cross members. Audi uses the ideal material in
each area. The front fenders of the A5 Sportback are made of aluminum, and they,
too, reduce the weight and contribute to the finely balanced distribution of axle
The joining technologies also underscore the state-of-the-art character of the body
structure. A structural adhesive enhances strength in many areas. Innovative laserbeam
welding is used at the sills and the doors.
The area below the luggage compartment hatch and the invisible joint between the
side of the car and the roof, on the other hand, are joined with the utmost of
precision by means of plasmatron brazing.
Unlike many of the competitors’ cars, the A5 Sportback does not require an
overlay on the roof. Here, Audi’s high-tech character and quality approach are
evident, complemented by close joins throughout the body.
The five-door coupe glides smoothly through the wind. The drag coefficient is
0.29 for the four-cylinder models; the front face measures a uniform 2.18 square
meters (23.47 sq ft). Painstaking fine-tuning in the wind tunnel, which includes a
paneled aerodynamic underbody, are among the air flow optimizations
The Audi A5 Sportback protects its occupants with cutting-edge technology. Fullsize
airbags stand at the ready in case of a frontal collision. A sensor reports the
seating position to the control unit so that it can adaptively trigger the belts and
airbags – and that means the best possible protection for passengers large and
small in all types of collisions.
The side airbags, which are optimally positioned in the front seats, and the largevolume
head airbag system provide protection in the event of a side impact. The
integral, specially developed headrest system stands at the ready on the front seat
in the event of a rear end collision. This technology ensures that the headrests
securely support the head early in the crash process and thus help to counter the
risk of whiplash.
Interior and trunk
Thanks to its long wheelbase, the A5 Sportback has a spacious interior in which
passengers sitting in all four seats will enjoy plenty of room. The A5 Sportback
offers much better leg and shoulder room than the A5 Coupé, its dimensions being
only few millimeters short of those of the A4 Sedan.
The long doors open wide to afford very easy entry and exit, and the car has a
very unique, coupe-specific touch: All four side windows are frameless.
The Audi A5 Sportback is designed as a four-seater. Compared to the A4, the rear
seats are mounted slightly lower and somewhat farther forward. An armrest is
standard, with two additional cup holders available as options. The front seats are
sportily low and sculpted for perfect ergonomics; they can be precisely adjusted
and offer perfect control and support. Audi offers a fine array of options,
including sport seats with large side bolsters, extendable thigh rests and a fourway
power-adjustable lumbar support in addition to fully power-adjustable seats
with an optional memory function. The greatest comfort is offered by the climatecontrolled
comfort seats, in which small fans with an automatic heating function
ensure that the driver and passengers neither sweat nor freeze.
There is another option that proves to be very pleasant on long drives: the sliding
center armrest with storage compartment and power outlets. There is also an
optional storage package with additional nets and compartments under the front
Also typical for Audi is the generous selection of coverings for the entire range of
seats. It ranges from the standard Arcade cloth to a combination of leather and
Alcantara to fine Valcona leather. The range of colors includes black, pale gray,
lunar silver, cinnamon and cardamom beige in a various combinations.
The headlining is available in black, star silver and linen beige; the carpet in
black, quartz gray and coriander beige. Inlays come standard in Micrometallic
platinum; aluminum and three types of wood – dark burl walnut, light ash and
medium-brown laurel, a wood from Chile – are available as options.
Fine materials: luxurious interior
The interior of the A5 Sportback is a treat for the senses. Elegant design touches,
perfect ergonomics, high-grade materials and uncompromising craftsmanship
impart a harmonious overall impression. Teardrop-shaped chrome frames
surround the two large instruments and secondary indicators. The high-mounted,
central onboard monitor is standard, as is the three-spoke leather sports steering
Flowing lines link the cockpit visually to the door linings; the center console is
inclined toward the driver. It always comes with the convenient and ingenious
MMI operating system. With its intuitive, easy-to-understand menu system, the
large buttons and the central control knob on the middle tunnel, it is the best
solution on the market. There is a lot of room on the tunnel. Instead of a
conventional mechanical parking brake, Audi uses an electromechanical system
that gets by with just a small button. The control button for the starting assist
function is also located here.
The luggage compartment is another of the Audi A5 Sportback’s strengths. The
long hatch with the electrically actuated lock opens to provide access to a large,
very usable luggage compartment with plane walls lined with fine materials in the
same color as the interior appointments. Its pass-through width measures exactly
one meter (39.37 in), and the low loading lip is protected by a strip of stainless
steel. In its standard configuration the luggage compartment has a volume of 480
liters (16.95 sq ft). If you fold down the rear seat backs – an effortless procedure –
this increases to 980 liters (34.61 sq ft).
Among the practical details are the standard hooks for hanging up shopping bags
and lugs for securing larger loads. A fixed cover shields the long luggage
compartment from curious gazes. Audi has come up with a clever solution to
prevent it from being a nuisance during loading: The cover is divided into two
parts. The shorter part latches laterally into the mountings integrated into the
luggage compartment lining; the longer latches to the hatch. When the hatch is
opened, the cover moves upward with it and fits precisely with the shorter part
when the hatch is closed.
Audi offers an entire range of additional solutions as options. One of these is a
load-through hatch between the rear seat backs that also includes an integrated
removable bag for skis and snowboards. The optional reversible mat is intended
for the transport of soiled objects – one side is made of velour, the other is
rubberized. The luggage compartment package includes a 12V outlet, a storage
net, a tie strap, additional bag hooks and a luggage net.
With the optional removable trailer hitch, the A5 Sportback can pull loads up to
2.1 tons (braked, eight percent gradient). Available accessories include roof, ski
and luggage boxes as well as bike and kayak racks.
Audi has also consistently turned to innovative technologies for the engines. The
A5 Sportback will be available with three TDI and three FSI engines at launch,
with three additional engines to follow by mid-2010. All of the engines prove that
efficiency and dynamic performance are not mutually exclusive, but rather build
on one another. Audi’s success in motorsports confirms the power of this
philosophy: The R8 FSI and R10 TDI racing cars have recorded eight overall
victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s most grueling circuit course
On the road, the TDIs from Audi have been at the forefront of efficiency
technology since their introduction 20 years ago. No other power plant can match
the ratio of power to low fuel consumption offered by the turbocharged diesel
with direct fuel injection.
The 2.0 TDI in the Audi A5 Sportback sets standards. The four-cylinder unit
consumes on 5.2 liters of fuel per 100 km (45.23 US mpg) on average, which
corresponds to CO2 emissions of 137 grams per km (220.48 g/mile). Yet it is a
powerful engine, producing 125 kW (170 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque
from only 1,968 cubic centimeters of displacement. The Audi A5 Sportback
sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 8.7 seconds and accelerates up to a
top speed of 228 km/h (141.67 mph).
The two-liter diesel delivers its power to the front wheels via a manual
transmission. A version with quattro drive will be available in the fall. Also
appearing at the same time will be a second version of the 2.0 TDI that produces
105 kW (143 hp) and 320 Nm (236.02 lb-ft) of torque. This engine will be
coupled with the stepless multitronic automatic transmission.
The 2.0 TDI is a high-tech diesel. Its specially modified fan belt drive, two
balance shafts and the shroud reduce vibrations. Dual camshafts actuate 16 valves
in the cylinder head. Switchable swirlers in the intake manifold adapt the inflow
of air to the prevailing load and engine speed. A highly modern controller
manages the work of the common rail injection system, which develops pressures
as high as 1,800 bar – far more than the weight of the car on a square centimeter.
The high pressure enables extremely fine vaporization of the fuel and thus the
excellent mixture preparation.
Precision: tiny injection volumes
The injectors have eight-port nozzles and operate according to the piezo principle,
in which hundreds of tiny ceramic platelets are packed on top of each other. When
an electric voltage is applied, they change their crystalline structure – the platelets
expand slightly and this movement is transmitted to the injection needles.
The injectors close again after only one to two milliseconds – in some cases after
having injected less than one thousandth of a gram of fuel. In the 2.0 TDI there
are as many as five injections per work cycle. This ensures a finely moderated
increase in pressure in the cylinder and a soft combustion process, which is of
substantial benefit to the engine acoustics.
The turbocharger also has a part in this concert. Its adjustable vanes on the
exhaust side enable the harmonious and agile development of torque. When the
driver steps hard on the gas with the engine at low revs, the blades are flattened.
The smaller inlet cross-section forces the exhaust gas to flow in at higher speed.
The turbine wheel turns faster, the pumped volume of fresh air increases and the
boost pressure builds up instantly. A pulse damper reduces the vibrations of the
Thanks to this technology and a special piston geometry, the 125 kW (170 hp)
2.0 TDI units redline at an unusually high 5,400 rpm and feature improved
thermodynamics in the combustion chambers. Up to 60 percent of the exhaust gas
can be recirculated, resulting in a relatively cool and oxygen-lean combustion and
thus low raw emissions of oxides of nitrogen.
The exhaust gas recirculation system achieves particularly effective cooling. Like
all of the engines in the model series, the A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI complies with the
Euro 5 standard.
State of the art: the V6 TDI units
The two V6 TDI units are also state-of-the-art diesel engines. Their serene
character, their mighty torque and cultivated running behavior represent a modern,
intelligent form of sportiness. Their crankcases are made of vermicular graphite
cast iron, a sophisticated type of cast iron that is particularly lightweight and
strong. A bundle of complex measures improve efficiency by reducing the internal
friction of the crankshaft drive. The V6 TDI units also feature variable geometry
turbochargers, common rail piezo injection systems and a high-performance
exhaust gas recirculation system.
The 2.7-liter engine produces 140 kW (190 hp) and 400 Nm (295.02 lb-ft) of
torque between 1,400 and 3,250 rpm while consuming only 6.0 liters of fuel per
100 km (39.20 US mpg) in the EU driving cycle. The smaller of the two V6 TDI
units, it displaces 2,698 cubic centimeters and is paired with front-wheel drive and
a manual transmission. It brings the A5 Sportback to highway speed in 8.2
seconds on its way to a top speed of 235 km/h (146.02 mph). The multitronic will
be available as an option starting this fall.
Displacing 2,967 cc, the three-liter engine generates 176 kW (240 hp) and applies
500 Nm (368.78 lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm.
The sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) takes 6.1 seconds. Top speed is
electronically limited to 247 km/h (153.48 mph). The top-of-the-line diesel’s
average fuel economy is 6.6 liters/100 km (35.64 US mpg). The seven-speed
S tronic delivers the engine’s power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive
system. A model with a manual transmission will follow in the fall.
State-of-the-art technologies: the gasoline engines
The gasoline engines in the Audi A5 Sportback also use state-of-the-art
technologies – FSI direct fuel injection, the Audi valvelift system for the variable
control of valvelift and, in the case of the 2.0 TFSI, turbocharging. The
combination unites a free-revving character with pulling power and solves an ageold
problem of turbo technology – the high temperatures and the resultant
tendency to knock.
Because the directly injected fuel cools the combustion chamber by means of its
profound swirling, Audi can use a higher compression ratio in the TFSI for
improved efficiency. The package has so far convinced more than 1.3 million
buyers, as well as the experts: Just a few days ago, an international jury of
journalists awarded the four-cylinder unit the title of “Engine of the Year” in its
class for the fifth year in a row.
The primary characteristics of the two-liter engine are the adjustable intake cam
shaft and the two balance shafts, which provide for low-vibration operation. The
2.0 TFSI has been rigorously optimized in important areas such as the cylinders
and the connecting rod bearing shells for minimal friction. The oil pump is
operated under volumetric flow control and at two speeds, which also reduces the
The 2.0 TFSI also demonstrates the advanced state of Audi technology in the area
of fuel injection. Six-port nozzles admit the fuel into the combustion chambers at
a pressure of 150 bar – further support for efficient combustion is provided in the
form of valves that swirl the charge. The turbocharger is water-cooled, and its
turbine blades and vanes have been optimized for improved startup performance.
The intercooler also combines high efficiency with low weight and small size.
The Audi valvelift system in the two-liter TFSI ensures that lift of the exhaust
valves is switched in two stages depending on need. This reduces flushing losses
in the combustion chamber and also ensures that the optimal flow of the exhaust
gas is directed to the turbocharger. The driver notices this effect in the form of
instant development of torque, increased performance and reduced fuel
Audi offers two versions of the 1,984 cc 2.0 TFSI. The more powerful of the two
puts out 155 kW (211 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque, the latter over a
wide range between 1,500 and 4,200 rpm. Coupled with the seven-speed dual
clutch S tronic transmission and the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, it
accelerates the five-door coupe to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 6.6 seconds and can
keep going up to a top speed of 241 km/h (149.75 mph). The average fuel
economy of 7.4 liters of fuel per 100 km (31.79 US mpg) testifies to the high
efficiency. Three additional variants will be introduced during the course of the
year: quattro all-wheel drive with manual transmission and front-wheel drive with
multitronic or six-speed manual transmission.
The second version of the 2.0 TFSI is intended exclusively for use in combination
with front-wheel drive and will be coupled with either a manual or multitronic
transmission. In this configuration the two-liter engine produces 132 kW (180 hp)
and 320 Nm (236.02 lb-ft) of torque, which is available between 1,500 and
3,900 rpm. Another smaller TFSI engine – a 118 kW (160 hp) 1.8-liter unit that
drives the front wheels via multitronic – is scheduled to follow in early 2010.
Audi will add a manual version, also in 2010, as a particularly inexpensive entrylevel
The strongest engine in the A5 Sportback is the 3.2-liter FSI – which also uses the
AVS. In this case, the valve lift controller affects the intake valves. The system
adjusts the volume of intake air over a wide range. The throttle can also remain
wide open even at part load, reducing throttle losses and improving efficiency.
The engine breathes freely – torque and power increase, which in turn permits a
long gear ratio, further reducing consumption.
The characteristics of the V6 displacing 3,197 cc are the compact size and low
weight. Its crankcase is made of an aluminum/silicon alloy. The overall weight of
the car and the distribution of axle loads benefit as a result. Other high-tech
solutions include the variable intake manifold, the friction-optimized control
chains for the cam shafts and the high-efficiency oil pump.
The sonorous, highly-cultivated V6 churns out 195 kW (265 hp) and 330 Nm
(243.4 lb-ft) of torque, which is available between 3,000 and 5,000 rpm. Paired
with S tronic and quattro all-wheel drive, it accelerates the A5 Sportback to
100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 6.6 seconds on the way to a governed top speed of
250 km/h (155.34 mph). Its fuel consumption averages just 9.3 liters per 100 km
(25.29 US mpg).
Recuperation: energy recovery standard
Audi uses its new technologies from the modular efficiency platform in the A5
Sportback. All models are equipped with a recuperation system that makes use of
the kinetic energy during deceleration. During the coasting and braking phase, the
alternator can convert the kinetic energy into electrical energy that is stored
temporarily in the battery.
When the five-door coupe accelerates again, the battery feeds the energy back.
This improves fuel efficiency by reducing the load on the alternator, which is
driven by the engine. Furthermore, all models with a manual transmission are
equipped with a gear-change indicator that recommends a gear to the driver for
The A5 Sportback in combination with the any of the three 2.0-liter engines and a
manual transmission comes standard with the new start-stop system from Audi.
When it comes to a stop at a traffic light or an intersection, the shift lever is in
neutral and the driver’s foot has been taken off the clutch, the system’s control
unit shuts down the engine.
On a hill or a downgrade, the brake system maintains the brake pressure unless
the slope is greater than 10 percent. A powerful starter restarts the engine quickly
and conveniently as soon as the driver fully depresses the clutch. While the driver
puts the vehicle in gear, the engine speeds up; by the time the driver releases the
clutch, it has reached idle speed.
Powerful battery: works even in the deepest of winter
The start-stop system works with a particularly strong battery that continues to
function even at very low outdoor temperatures. Only during the initial warmup
period of the engine is the battery still inactive so that the motor oil, the coolant
and the interior can be brought to temperature more quickly. The driver can
deactivate the start-stop system at any time by pushing a button.
In the standardized driving cycle, the start-stop system reduces consumption by
roughly 0.2 liters/100 km, which corresponds to approximately five grams of
CO2/km (8.05 g/mile). The gain in efficiency is significantly greater in everyday
driving. A majority of daily drives are less than ten kilometers in length and pass
numerous traffic lights. It is in this scenario that the system achieves its greatest
The new start-stop system is linked to another new solution from the modular
efficiency platform – the driver information system with efficiency program. It
has a special, particularly striking gear-change indicator and continuously
analyzes the flows of electricity within the vehicle. If desired, it can also show
detailed energy consumption figures for consumers such as the air conditioning or
rear window defroster, which can be as much as one liter more per 100
kilometers. The system gives the driver tips, if necessary, such as to close the
windows while the air conditioner is on.
Audi provides a choice of three different transmissions for the A5 Sportback. The
2.0 TFSI (132 kW and 155 kW / 180 hp and 211 hp), the 2.0 TDI with 125 kW
(170 hp) and the 2.7 TDI (140 kW / 190 hp) roll off the assembly line with a sixspeed
transmission with minimal internal friction. It features short, supple and
precise throws with the typical Audi feel. Still to come are the 1.8 TFSI and the
3.0 TDI with manual transmission.
The multitronic continuously variable automatic transmission is impressive for its
smooth operation, high efficiency and wide-spaced, fuel-saving gear ratios. The
multitronic offers a sport mode and a manual mode with eight simulated gear
ratios for even more driving pleasure. The multitronic models will follow shortly
after the launch of the A5 Sportback. These are the 2.0 TDI with an output of
105 kW (143 hp), the 2.7 TDI and both versions of the 2.0 TFSI.
The 2.0 TFSI quattro, the 3.2 FSI quattro and the 3.0 TDI quattro are paired with
the seven-speed S tronic. The high-tech dual-clutch transmission changes gears
within a few hundredths of a second and does so with such serenity that the driver
barely notices. Its high efficiency and long gear ratio in seventh gear benefit fuel
consumption. The driver can let the seven-speed S tronic shift automatically or
interact, if desired, via rocker switches on the steering wheel.
The seven-speed S tronic comprises two separate transmissions and integrates two
nested multi-plate clutches that control the various gears. The outer clutch directs
the torque via a solid shaft to the gear wheels for the gears 1, 3, 5 and 7. The inner
clutch directs the torque via a hollow shaft revolving around the solid shaft to the
gear wheels for the gears 2, 4 and 6 as well as reverse.
Both transmission structures are continuously active, but only one is connected to
the engine at any one time. For example, when the driver accelerates in third gear,
the fourth gear is already engaged in the second transmission structure. The
change of gear occurs by changing the clutches. The mechatronics module, a
compact block comprising controllers and hydraulic actuators, controls all shift
and clutch operations with extraordinary precision, even when maneuvering
centimeter by centimeter.
The power flows from the output shaft to the center differential of the quattro
permanent all-wheel drive system, which distributes it in two directions. Normally
60 percent flows to the rear differential and 40 percent to the front differential – a
sporty characteristic. When a wheel begins to slip, the mechanical center
differential instantly and automatically transfers most of the power to the axle
with the better traction. Up to 85 percent can be directed to the rear wheels and up
to 65 percent to the front wheels.
Shortly after the A5 Sportback is launched, Audi plans to introduce models
featuring a manual transmission and quattro drive paired with a 2.0 TDI
producing 125 kW (170 hp) and a 2.0 TFSI with 155 kW (211 hp). The 3.0 TDI
quattro, equally with six-speed manual transmission, will also become available at
Even more dynamic: the new sport differential
The dynamics of the Audi A5 Sportback with quattro drive can be further
enhanced by an optional technology – the new sport differential available for
the 3.0 TDI quattro and the 3.2 FSI quattro.
The sport differential distributes the drive power in continuously variable
proportions between the rear wheels. When steering into or accelerating in a
curve, the majority of the torque is sent to the outside wheel, literally pushing the
car into the curve. The sport differential nips any tendency toward oversteer or
understeer in the bud. With a short reaction time of under 100 milliseconds, it is
even faster than the ESP stabilization program; it reacts just as effectively while
coasting as it does under load.
The sport differential is a new type of rear-axle differential. A superposition gear
comprising three gear wheels was added to both the left and right sides of the
classic differential; it rotates ten percent faster than the drive shaft. A multi-plate
clutch actuated by an electrohydraulic actuator provides the power connection
between the shaft and the superposition gear.
When the clutch closes, it forces the higher speed of the superimposed gear onto
one of the wheels. The additional torque is drawn off of the opposite wheel via the
differential. In this way nearly all of the torque can be directed to one wheel. The
maximum difference between the wheels is 1,800 Nm (1,327 lb-ft).
The secret to the effectiveness and fast reaction speed of the system lies in the
proprietary Audi management software. The controller quickly recalculates the
ideal distribution of the forces for each driving situation as a function of the
steering angle, yaw angle, lateral acceleration, speed and other information.
The optional sport differential is integrated into the Audi drive select dynamic
control system; its function can be adapted to the wishes of the driver. The
“comfort” mode is primarily aligned to the demands of driving safety and
stability, providing heavy damping of load changes. The “auto” mode is the
balanced setting, and in “dynamic” mode the system is particularly sporty,
ensuring that load changes are both agile and easily controlled.
The Sportback draws on all of the high-end skills of the A5 series for the chassis
as well. The five-door coupe shines with sporty handling, superior stability and
good ride comfort. The Audi A5 Sportback turns in quickly and willingly, takes
all manner of corners at high speed and with great stability, finding good traction
at the exit point of the curve.
There are a number of good reasons for these strong points. Among the most
important are the high body stiffness and the balanced distribution of axle load.
As in the entire A5 series, the front axle is moved far to the front of the Sportback
as well. This was made possible by the unusual arrangement of the powertrain
components. The differential, which determines the position of the axis, is
mounted directly behind the longitudinally installed engine and thus in front of the
clutch or torque converter. The battery was moved to the luggage compartment
for better balance.
A lot of technology went into the chassis itself. All major components of the front
and rear suspensions are made of aluminum, which greatly reduces the unsprung
masses. The front wheels are mounted on a five-link axle that can absorb
separately the longitudinal and lateral forces acting upon it. Bearings are stiff in
the lateral direction for sporty precision and soft and supple in the longitudinal
The front axle and the engine are fastened to an auxiliary frame that is rigidly
bolted to the front section of the car. The high rigidity facilitates the spontaneous
generation of steering force. The steering box, mounted low and far forward,
transmits the steering commands directly to the wheels.
Precise and efficient: the steering
The rack-and-pinion steering with its 16.1:1 ratio is sporty and direct. It connects
the driver with the road and provides precise and finely differentiated feedback.
The system’s regulated vane pump only provides as much hydraulic energy as is
needed at the moment. The speed-sensitive servotronic is standard with the
2.0 TFSI with 155 kW (211 hp) and the V6.
The A5 Sportback has a self-tracking, trapezoidal link rear suspension. It is also
mounted on an auxiliary frame and is very compact in the interest of luggage
compartment space. The rear suspension is identical in the front-wheel-drive
and quattro versions. The springs and shock absorbers – the latter with small
supplemental stop springs – are mounted separately on the wheel carriers, making
it possible to combine high ride comfort with sporty precision.
Audi will install a sport suspension upon request. Three variants are available – a
tauter setup with or without controlled dampers and an S line sports suspension
that lowers the body by 10 millimeters (0.39 in).
The Audi A5 Sportback has large, powerful brakes that can be very precisely
metered. The 2.0 TDI and the 2.0 TFSI with 132 kW (180 hp) have 314
millimeter (12.36 in) discs up front and 300 millimeter (11.81 in) discs at the rear.
The front discs are particularly effective at quickly dissipating the heat generated
during braking: The two friction rings are connected by hundreds of small metal
cubes through which a high volume of cooling air can flow in a very short period
The models with the V6 engines and the 2.0 TFSI with 155 kW (211 hp) feature
front discs measuring 320 millimeters (12.6 in) in diameter. The calipers are
made of a composite material. The piston housing is made of aluminum and
dissipates heat very well. The lightweight brake calipers are extremely stiff; the
discs and cover plates are also very light.
The Audi A5 Sportback rolls standard on 7.5 J x 17 six-spoke, forged alloy
wheels shod with 225/50 tires. Two additional 17-inch wheels, four 18-inch
wheels, one of which in an A5 Sportback-specific design, and three 19-inch
wheels are available as options. The top of the line is a 9 J x 20, seven twin-spoke
cast wheel shod with 265/30 tires. All versions of the A5 Sportback are equipped
with a tire pressure monitoring display.
The front-wheel-drive versions of the Sportback come standard with a new
technology from Audi: The latest generation of the highly effective ESP
stabilization program from the A5 Coupé and Cabriolet now includes a new
electronic differential lock. The system works like a mechanical locking
differential. It makes the already agile handling more neutral by preventing
understeer and improving traction. The new function improves the driving
dynamics when driving through curves under load and on both wet and dry road
surfaces. The driver benefits from a more instantaneous and precise steering
reaction and greater track stability. Traction in corners is also improved. The car
can be steered with less steering effort.
These advantages are achieved with no additional components and thus no added
weight, instead being provided by sophisticated software in the ESP. As soon as
the electronics detect that the load on the inside wheel of the powered front axle is
reduced too much and the wheel loses traction, it initiates brief, controlled
braking. This redirects the excess torque to the outside wheel, which due to the
greater dynamic wheel load is capable of delivering more power to the road.
This shifting of the wheel torques generates a yawing moment around the vertical
axis and the A5 Sportback turns ever so slightly – and for the driver almost
imperceptibly – into the radius. And it also accelerates out of tight curves with
absolutely no tire slip, exactly as if it were on rails. Road behavior is even more
precise, agile, stable and neutral, further enhancing the subjective confidence in
the car. The new system provides an additional degree of safety even when driven
High-end technology: Audi drive select
A5 Sportback customers can also order an optional Audi high-end technology that
is unmatched by the competition – the Audi drive select dynamic control system.
It enables the driver to access all of the technical components relevant to driving
dynamics and vary their function by switching between three modes – “comfort,”
“auto” and “dynamic.”
If an MMI navigation system is on board, a fourth mode – “individual” – is
available. This mode enables the driver to freely compose his or her own custom
settings from a large number of parameters.
Audi drive select influences the engine’s throttle response characteristic, the shift
points of the seven-speed S tronic and the boost of the servotronic steering. The
modular structure of the system means that it needs to be combined with at least
one of three other technologies – the sport differential, adaptive shock absorber
control or dynamic steering.
The electronic shock absorber control system uses CDC (continuous damping
control) shock absorbers. Their electromagnetically actuated valves control the
flow of hydraulic fluid between the inner and the outer tubes by opening orifices
of different sizes. A large cross-section provides a soft damping characteristic,
and a small cross-section provides a taut characteristic. A fast controller
continuously analyzes the signals received from 14 sensors and calculates the
optimal damping per wheel in extremely short intervals – 1,000 times per second.
The dynamic steering: always the perfect ratio
Dynamic steering is another pioneering technology from Audi. It varies the
steering ratio by nearly 100 percent as a function of driving speed and the mode
specified by Audi drive select. The heart of the system is a superposition gear
integrated into the steering column and driven by an electric motor. Known as a
harmonic drive, the low-friction unit is compact and light, free of play in
operation, and precise. It can transmit immense amounts of torque and is very
At low speeds, the system is very direct and boost is also very high, which makes
parking extremely easy. At moderate highway speeds, the system becomes less
direct and provides less power assist. At top speeds, an indirect steering ratio and
low level of power assist facilitate steady tracking.
The dynamic steering works together with the ESP stabilization program to
provide sportiness and driving safety. Because it can make steering corrections in
less time than the brake system needs to build up pressure at the wheels, it
eliminates the need for many braking actions, and driving therefore becomes
faster and more fluid. Dynamic steering counters oversteer caused by load
changes as well as understeer, and also provides valuable assistance when braking
on surfaces with different coefficients of friction.
Equipment and trim
Audi did not design the A5 Sportback as a niche model, but expects solid volumes
– a realistic outlook considering the complete package of strong qualities and the
very competitive prices. The 2.0 TFSI with 132 kW (180 hp) costs only 33,650
euros, and the 1.8 TFSI with manual transmission to follow in 2010 as the new
entry-level model of the A5 family will be even more affordable.
The base version of the Audi A5 Sportback is already generously equipped. It
comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a tire pressure monitoring display,
fold-down rear seat backs, an easy-to-use and highly efficient deluxe automatic air
conditioning system, a leather sport steering wheel and the chorus audio system
including a CD player and eight speakers.
A number of other fine features round out the standard equipment. These include
an electromechanical parking brake, six airbags, belt tensioners and force limiters,
Isofix child seat preparation, the recuperation system for the recovery of braking
energy, fog lights, heated and power-adjustable exterior mirrors, four power
windows and an intelligent ignition key that automatically stores service-relevant
The 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TFSI with manual transmission come equipped with special
technologies to further improve their already high efficiency – a start-stop system
that significantly reduces fuel consumption in city traffic, and a driver information
system with efficiency program. It includes a gear-change indicator similar to the
one found in the other versions with manual transmissions.
A novel electronic differential lock is integrated into the ESP stabilization
programs in front-wheel-drive models for even better dynamics and traction.
Models having engines producing at least 140 kW (190 hp) come standard with
two more sophisticated technical modules on board: The servotronic steering
automatically adapts steering boost to the driving speed, and the xenon plus
headlights are combined with LEDs for the daytime running lights and the tail
In addition to this attractive level of standard equipment, Audi also offers a long
list of options that bring premium-class luxury to the five-door coupe. Adaptive
light supplements the xenon plus headlights with dynamic cornering lights. The
high-beam assistant automatically switches between the low and the high beam.
The convenience key can now stay in the jacket pocket – the doors are opened by
radio and the car is started by pushing a button. The starting assist function adds
additional functions to the electomechanical parking brake, and the deluxe
automatic air conditioning regulates the temperature in three separate interior
Other interesting options include side airbags in the back, a light and rain sensor,
an interior lighting package with discreet lamps, an auxiliary heating system and
an alarm system. When it comes to the chassis, the program is complemented by
the Audi drive select system, the sport differential for the quattro permanent allwheel
drive system (for the two most powerful V6s), the sport suspension with
damper control, and two conventional sport suspensions. Wheels are available in
17, 18, 19 and 20 inch sizes.
Radar and camera: the assistance systems
A whole range of innovative assistance systems make driving even more relaxing,
more controlled and safer. The adaptive cruise control with the integrated Audi
braking guard uses radar technology to maintain the distance to the car in front.
The integrated Audi braking guard provides the driver with advance warning of an
impending collision and assists with braking. Audi side assist also uses radar to
make lane changes safer. Audi lane assist uses a camera to help the driver stay in
the lane. The Audi advanced parking system uses the rear-view camera to display
the area behind the car on the onboard monitor.
Audi also offers an entire system of technology modules in the attractive,
futuristic field of multimedia technology. The concert radio with CD has a
memory card reader for music files and an AUX-in port for connecting an MP3
player. A 6.5-inch color monitor and eight speakers round out the package. The
symphony radio adds a six-disc CD changer.
Positioned above the audio systems are the state-of-the art MMI navigation and
MMI navigation plus systems. The smaller model, which reads data from a DVD,
already includes a color display, a slot for memory cards and voice control. It can
be upgraded to include a digital radio receiver, a CD changer, a high-performance
Bluetooth link for cell phones and an interface for the full integration of an iPod.
A center-mounted color display in the instrument panel is also available here.
The top-of-the-line MMI navigation plus is a high-tech media center. The highresolution,
seven-inch color monitor presents the map in either a conventional or a
topographic view; city models and points of interest are shown in 3D. A 40 GB
hard drive stores the map data, the music files and the user’s contacts. The voice
input system recognizes whole words. The radio module features a multiple tuner,
and there is a player for audio and video DVDs that can be controlled very easily
via a special joystick function for the MMI control unit.
A number of high-quality expansion modules are also available for the MMI
navigation plus, such as an analog/digital TV tuner. The luxury sound system
from Bang & Olufsen transforms the A5 Sportback into a rolling concert hall – a
505 watt 10-channel amplifier powering 14 high-performance speakers.
Another high-end option is the Bluetooth car telephone. It uses a radio link to
copy the card data from the user’s mobile phone if the phone honors the SIM
Access Profile standard.
Dynamic look: the S line packages
Audi has put together two S line packages for customers with particularly sporty
tastes. The S line sport package combines a tauter suspension setup and lowered
body with larger wheels. Interior extras include sport seats covered in cloth and
leather, a special leather sport steering wheel, a leather shift lever knob, inlays in
brushed aluminum and color-coordinated floor mats. S line badges adorn the
fenders, the door sill trims and many interior parts. The special exterior finishes
Monza Silver and Misano Red are also available through the S line sport package.
The S line exterior package is also available from Audi as an alternative or in
addition to the sport package. Its most important elements are unique bumpers and
distinctive features on the side air intakes, on the diffuser and on the tailpipes.
Side sill trims painted in the body color and S line badges on the door sill trims
and the front fenders round out the program.
Audi A5 Sportback: the prices at launch (Germany)
2.0 TDI with 6-speed manual transmission 36,050 euros
2.7 TDI with 6-speed manual transmission 39,300 euros
3.0 TDI quattro with 7-speed S tronic 47,950 euros
2.0 TFSI (132 kW / 180 hp)
with 6-speed manual transmission 33,650 euros
2.0 TFSI (155 kW / 211 hp) quattro
with 7-speed S tronic 42,150 euros
3.2 FSI quattro with S tronic 47,000 euros