Audi is the first car company in the U.S. to sell 100 percent of its gasoline engines with FSI direct injection technology beginning with model year 2010. In 2000, Audi began racing with FSI direct injection technology in the R8 FSI prototype race car at Le Mans and the American Le Mans Series. Since this technology became available for U.S. consumers in late 2004 with the introduction of the 2005 A6 3.2 FSI, the list of Audi vehicles with FSI direct injection technology has continued to grow.
After gaining immediate traction for its beautiful design, the Audi A5 went on to establish itself as a leader in the luxury performance coupe segment. With bold and easily identifiable design language, the A5 conveys a sense of power and finesse that has become synonymous with the Audi brand.
With an overall length of 182.1 inches, the 2010 A5 affords both driver and passengers unmatched interior space, even in the back seats. Extensive use of high-quality materials and a bevy of high-tech driving aids and convenience options continue to make the A5 a benchmark of the class.
Countless hours of research and development as well as a firm commitment to innovative technologies enable the A5 to deliver an unparalleled driving experience. A refined suspension built on a lifetime of racing experience delivers a ride that manages to be both comfortable and capable, offering up the world class handling and razor-sharp response buyers have come to demand from their Audi cars.
The Design: Emotion in Metal
Arguably the definitive Audi design of recent years, the A5 presents a low and muscular physique, with an extended roofline and sharply carved contours guiding the eye along its sleek shape. Capitalizing on the styling elements that define a sports coupe, the A5 exudes performance and elegance with a tall shoulder line and steeply raked windshield. The instantly identifiable Audi single-frame grille dominates the front of the car, while purposeful LED taillights illuminate the rear.
The Interior: Specifically Tailored
The 2010 A5 boasts an ergonomic interior designed around driver and passenger comfort. Audi has taken an even greater focus on attractive shapes and precision workmanship to create a space as gorgeous as it is functional. With high-quality leather and rich materials assembled together to the strictest tolerance, it is immediately obvious that there has been no cost spared in interior luxury.
Comfortable sports seats provide ample support, and a driver-oriented center console serves host to an exquisitely designed interface, as well as Audi’s industry benchmark third-generation Multimedia Interface (MMI®). The MMI screen is located high on the dashboard to facilitate reading and minimize the amount of time spent looking away from the road. The driver also is treated to a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and brilliant, easy to read gauges.
The Engines: Powerful and Efficient
Engine options for the 2010 Audi A5 begin with a 2.0 TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder offering. With a sturdy cast-iron block and efficient aluminum cylinder head, the 2.0 TFSI delivers 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Audi uses direct-injection technology and Audi Valvelift System to increase the efficiency of the 2.0 TFSI, and, as a result, the engine manages up to 30 mpg highway in an A5 equipped with a manual transmission. Perhaps more importantly, the addition of the 2.0 TFSI to the A5 line in 2010 makes the brilliant coupe even more affordable than before, lowering the price point by a full $4,700.
Unlike traditional fuel systems, FSI direct injection works by injecting fuel directly into the combustion chamber, instead of the engine intake runners. The advanced process ensures a more complete burn, diminishing waste and increasing power. FSI-equipped engines also are able to take advantage of a significantly higher compression ratio and cylinder pressure, thus fully atomizing fuel and optimizing turbocharger and supercharger boost response as well as efficiency.
All A5 coupe models come equipped with the unmatched surefootedness of quattro all-wheel drive and a number of gearbox solutions, depending on engine choice. Buyers opting for the efficient 2.0 TFSI engine may choose among a six-speed manual transmission an Audi Tiptronic six-speed automatic gearbox. The Tiptronic transmission provides drivers with the ease of an automatic but with the added option of manual gear choice if the need or desire arises. Both options afford buyers the choice of capable, smooth and sporty gearboxes fitting with Audi’s dedication to performance.
More from Audi: Options
A5 2.0T quattro Coupe (Manual) Premium $36,000
A5 2.0T quattro Coupe (Manual) Premium Plus $39,500
A5 2.0T quattro Coupe (Manual) Prestige $44,300
A5 2.0T quattro Coupe (Tiptronic) Premium $37,200
A5 2.0T quattro Coupe (Tiptronic) Premium Plus $40,700
A5 2.0T quattro Coupe (Tiptronic) Prestige $45,500
The A5 2.0T Premium includes Electronic Stability Protection®, four-wheel Anti-Lock Brake System with Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution and Brake Assist (an emergency braking system that can dramatically increase brake force). Servotronic® power steering also automatically varies the level of steering assist based on vehicle speed.
Outside, the A5 2.0T Premium has heated exterior mirrors and windshield washer nozzles, a tilting panoramic sunroof and halogen headlights. The interior of the coupe is fitted with a three spoke leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with a manual tilt/telescoping steering column. Leather seating surfaces offer uninhibited luxury, and an automatic climate control system keeps the cabin comfortable. A central locking system, power windows with one-touch up/down and cruise control all offer added convenience.
Both the A5 2.0T Premium Plus add Audi xenon-plus headlights with LED daytime running lights to the impressive list of features on the A5 2.0T Premium. LED taillights also are standard. Three-zone automatic climate control replaces the single-zone unit found on Premium cars, and six-step heated front seats make the interior comfortable. Audi music interface with iPod® integration becomes standard, as does Bluetooth® hands free and HomeLink® garage door opener. The A5 2.0T Premium Plus also benefit from rain-sensing windshield wipers and automatic headlights.
The 2010 A5 2.0T Prestige on the equipment found in the Premium Plus package. An advanced memory function custom tailors the mirrors, seat and steering wheel position for the driver, and a new advanced key system allows the driver to lock, unlock and start the vehicle without ever removing the key from his or her pocket. Audi navigation with third-generation MMI® also is standard equipment on Prestige models and includes hard drive navigation, two SD® cards for external media and SIRIUS® satellite radio. A Bang & Olufsen 14-speaker, 505 watt sound system replaces the 10-speaker unit found on Premium Plus models, and voice-control for phone and navigation become standard as well.
A number of additional packages are available to help buyers create the perfect A5. Those include a Navigation plus package, available on Premium Plus models, which includes third generation MMI® with voice control, rearview camera and back up sensors. A 19-inch sport package, available on the A5 2.0T Premium Plus and A5 2.0T Prestige provides unique wheels with summer tires, a sport suspension and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Audi drive select is also available on Prestige models and allows the driver to select from several performance and handling profiles at the push of a button. Adjusting damping and engine and transmission parameters occurs in milliseconds, Audi drive select has a profound effect on the driving characteristics of the coupe, and MMI® equipped vehicles now incorporate drive select individual, a custom a driving profile.
The Audi A5 is backed by a new vehicle limited warranty that includes:
· Four-year/50,000 mile limited new vehicle warranty
· 12-year limited warranty against corrosion perforation
· 24-hour Roadside Assistance for four years
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