The Audi A5 (internally designated Typ 8T) is a coupé produced by the German automobile manufacturer Audi since 2007. It is the coupé, cabriolet, and “Sportback” (a four-door hatchback featuring a roof line with a steeply raked rear window with integrated trunk lid) versions of the fourth generation (B8) Audi A4 saloon and estate models.
The A5 marked Audi’s return to the compact executive coupé market since the (B3/B4) Audi 80-based coupé model ended production in 1996. The B6/B7 A4 spawned a convertible variant but not a coupé. For the fourth generation A4 (B8), Audi decided to spin off the cabriolet, along with a new coupé and four-door hatchback, into a nameplate of its own as the A5.
The new A5 and B8 A4 were based on the Audi MLP platform (Modular Longitudinal Platform) which underpin the next generation A6 and A8.
The A5 is the third coupe in Audi’s line-up, following the second-generation TT and the R8. The A5 adopted design elements of the Nuvolari quattro concept. The A5 debuted with the 3.2-litre FSI V6 engine delivering 195 kW (265 PS; 261 hp).
The Audi S5 is the high-performance variant of Audi’s A5. It is also the coupé, cabriolet, and five-door fastback versions of the fourth generation (B8) Audi S4 saloon and estate models.
Like all Audi “S” cars, they are only available as standard with Audi’s quattro four-wheel drive (4WD) system, here in S5 using a Torsen-based centre diff system.
Most versions of the S5 are manufactured at Audi’s plant in Ingolstadt, Germany; they are available as a coupé, cabriolet, and five-door fastback (the latter not available in North America). The cabriolets are built at Audi’s factory in Neckarsulm, Germany.