Buyers have a pick of four derivatives. The familiar 2.0T FSI is available in two states of tune; 140kW and 320Nm or 185kW and 370Nm. The latter is served with all-wheel drive, which is also the case with the 2.0 TDI, boasting an output of 140kW and 400Nm. Although this can be had in front-wheel drive guise too.
These models employ a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. Headlining the range – until that enticing RS5 lands – is the S5. This delivers 260kW and 500Nm thanks to its 3.0T FSI unit: Audi promises this six-cylinder engine was comprehensively revised, compared to the mill in the old car. Quattro is part of this mix, of course. The S5 employs an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
We cannot comment on how it compares to the likes of the BMW 440i (M Sport) or recently-launched Mercedes-AMG C43, as the unit was unavailable to drive. Expect a closer evaluation in due course.
Although we did sample the regular variants thoroughly enough to report that the A5 stays faithful to the character one expects from Audi products. Foolproof at the limit, sublime at isolating its occupants from external stresses and endowed with impeccable road manners. As with the former car, then, this is not a rakish performance coupé, but a dignified and refined touring machine.