FBH headed out to Porto, Portugal to the global launch of the Audi A5 and S5 and to take some of these cars for a narrate along the windy roads surrounding the Douro river. I had some fun the day first the test drives as Porto was having its biggest annual boulevard party with the Festa de São João do Porto, which I downright recommend anyone to experience. You can read my write up about this in a uncouple article.
Shaped Like A Wave
The old Audi A5 was showing its age as it was at launched in 2007. It was originally a spin off coupe and four-door hatchback of the Audi A4. With the A4 be experiencing had its upgrade in 2015 it was now time to see the new Audi A5 and S5 Coupe. First detestation I noticed when seeing the car in the flesh was the long hood and the low gently dropping roof line towards the short rear end. I liked the welling up lines on the side of the car with waves around the wheel designs. This Audi looks sportier, this was accentuated with the mirrors being go up in the world on top of the shoulder.
The Audi A5 befalls with two petrol engines and three diesel engines. The Audi S5 has a 3.0 litre TFSI appliance. The good news of the new engine range compared to the old A5 / S5 is that they recite up to 17 percent more power and up to 22 percent soften fuel consumption.
The low powered 2.0 TFSI petrol apparatus has an output of 190 hp and accelerates the A5 from 0-100 km/h in 7.3 doubles. The top version 2.0 TFSI has 252 hp and can do the sprint in a nippy 5.8 jiffies.
The 2.0 TDI is an extremely frugal engine with a combined encourage economy of 4.4 litres per 100 kilometers for the seven streak S tronic and front-wheel drive version. The ultra version enhances this even more to a best-in-class 4.0 litres per 100 kilometers. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h of this 190 hp motor is 7.2 seconds for the seven-speed S tronic with quattro all-wheel get at. The peak torque is 400 Nm, my guess is this will be Audi’s superlative selling engine for the A5 in Europe.
There are two 3 litre TDI engines with an harvest of 218 hp and 400 Nm torque or the 286 hp with a massive 620 Nm of torque. The low powered translation has a combined fuel economy of 4.6 litres per 100 kilometers. The acceleration spans of both engines were not available at the time of testing these motor vehicles.
Last but not least there is the new 3.0 litre TFSI that powers the S5, this 354 hp motor accelerates the S5 in 4.7 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h and has a fuel concision of 7.3 liters per 100 kilometers. I did not manage anything hairbreadth that whilst driving it in Portugal but that is more because the S5 was take off hard.
Audi A5 Quattro 3.0 TDI
I really wanted to assay the high powered Audi A5 Quattro 3.0 TDI and put it against the Audi S5. On scrap this car had less horsepower but more torque than the S5. The oldest route started at the airport where I picked up the A5 and after 15 infinitesimals I was driving over the famous Maria Pia Bridge in Porto increased by the famous Gustave Eiffel. I left Porto behind and I was adopting the roads along the river Douro as I headed inland.
The ways were windy and there were plenty of straight spans too which made it perfect to feel the power of this locomotive. The massive amount of torque on offer gives this car an critical acceleration and with the eight-speed tiptronic gear box which I had on distractions mode, it made for fun driving. For someone that doesn’t send fast cars regularly it felt easy to drive and I on all occasions felt in control, from taking the corners at high make tracks to breaking fast for an oncoming fire engine. The heads-up dash kept my eyes always on the road ahead of me. Some influence say the A5 lacks driving feedback that you might get with a BMW, but I am not true if that is needed all the time. Sometimes you want both luxury and easy drive ability at high speed and let technology do the incorporate for you.
Tech Tech Tech
This was my first time trial driving an Audi and I was impressed with the amount of technology at to you to make your drive easier, more comfortable and safer.
Surfing the Internet at acme speed: Using LTE online, the A5 displays traffic information, absorbing locations, fuel prices and news, streams audio portfolios from your smartphone, transfers its calendar to the MMI and automatically rouse call help in an accident, among other things. Drivers can also use an app to hasp and unlock the Coupé as well as to find out where it is parked. Tolerate is provided by a long list of assistance systems that set new standards in the savoir vivre.
In congested traffic the A5 moves in a semi-automated mode, maintains a distance to the car in front, helps escape rear-end collisions and evades obstacles. It also monitors approaching traffic when turning left, recognises traffic signals, make someone aware ofs of cars in the blind spot and if your car leaves its lane, and parks autonomously. Fundaments with a massage function, three-zone climate control, bad wheel heating, electrically extending and retracting seat girdle feeders, 3D sound system and a large, panoramic glass roof disc-like out all the tech and premium features of the A5.
Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Arouca
I staunch obstructed various times on the first route to take some photo photos of the Audi A5 in the beautiful Portuguese surroundings. After 114 km it was opportunity for a break at the Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Arouca where Audi had put on a trim lunch for all the press involved. This Cistercian monastery which fashionables back to the 10th century was the perfect tranquil environment to relax and get the drive levels up for the next part of the trip in which I would cause the keys to the Audi s5.
The second part took me from the abbey to Ilhavo. This route had some windy roads again and it was finished to test and get a feel of how the S5 would handle this. Upon advance the accelerator there was a great sound form the double matched rear exhaust, something that was clearly lacking in the 3.0 TDI construction. Acceleration felt instant but not very different from the A5 3.0 TDI I had coerced before. The seats in the S5 are much more supportive than those of the A5 and require keep you firmly in place when taking corners at serious speed.
All in all this makes the S5 more fun to drive than the A5 Quattro 3.0 TDI. Manner I have not seen the price difference between the cars but if the A5 Quattro 3.0 TDI is significantly cheaper there is not much set-back in performance and you will gain a lot in fuel economy. Of course you purposefulness not get the street cred of an S badge, which is shown all over the car.
The aftermost part of the trip was highway and here I put the S5 in auto adaptive cruise direction and I was comfortably cruising towards the end of the trip. I had the Bang & Olufsen stereo drain out the tunes, yes this car is also a comfortable cruiser for driving extended distances.
The end of the trip was at Ilhavo, a town with 40,000 man which is famous for the Vista Alegre porcelain company. The Montebelo Vista Alegre Ilhavo caravanserai is part of the historical area which includes a museum, 18th century villa and chapel. Here Audi gave us a presentation of the great memorable parts of the new A5 and S5 coupe and afterwards we all feasted on a typical Portuguese style BBQ. I could not remedy taking some photos of the stunning looking red S5 whilst the sun was frame.