The Audi A5 is a series of compact executive cars produced by the German automobile manufacturer Audi since 2007. The A5 range comprises the coupé, cabriolet, and “Sportback” (a four-door coupé-hatchback featuring a roof line with a steeply raked rear window with integrated trunk lid) version of the Audi A4 saloon and estate models.Under Audi’s internal platform numbering convention, the A5 is a member of the B-platform series of vehicles, sharing its platform designation with the A4 saloon and Avant. The first generation A5 (Type 8T) is therefore a member of the B8 family, whilst the second generation 2016 model is based on the B9. Both are derived from the Volkswagen MLB (Modular Longditudinal Matrix) architecture.
First generation (2007–2016)
The A5 marked Audi’s return to the entry-level luxury coupé market since the (B3/B4) Audi 80–based coupé model ended production in 1996. On May 10, 2006, Audi confirmed that the A5 would go into production. 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 A5 was the first of the B8 family of vehicles to be released (the others being the A4 and the Q5 crossover), all 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).