Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TFSI S-line Coupe
The 2012 Audi A5 Coupe is widely acknowledged to be one of the handsomest Audis sold, and many reviewers just give it the superlative without qualification. Certainly its designer, Walter d'Silva, said it was the most beautiful car he'd ever drawn.
The A5's strong, deep grille the muted aggression of its front end is perfectly in line with Audi's lineup, while it grabs some of the sculptural suppleness of musclecars like the Chevy Camaro into its styling languages, especially from the rear angles. The sideview's balanced, and striking, and there's just enough detail in back to accentuate the shape, not overwhelm it, as also complemented by distinctive rear LED lighting.
The cockpit of the A5 has the deft touch to match the high-fashion sheetmetal. The details are correct, the materials are fine. The shape is festooned with buttons, but Audi brings it all together with leather, black and aluminum trim. It goes a step beyond the usual and traditional luxury touches, to great effect.
The powerplant's 211 hp and 350Nm of torque are a favorite of editors, since the torque curve hits a peak at the lower reach of its powerband, and pulls evenly to the 6000-rpm range and is quick to respond to the throttle, even if it sounds coarse at times.
The turbo four pairs up with a new eight-speed automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive, and together they give the A5 lineup very quick acceleration. The turbo works well with the 6-speed auto, executing quick, decisive downshifts. Audi promises it'll dash to 100km/h in only 7.1 seconds.
- S-Line Package
- S-Line 18" alloys
- S-Line leather sports seats
- S-Line bumpers
- S-line Steering wheel
- Automatic Xenon headlamps
- LED DRL Day-Running-Lights
- Auto rain sensing wipers
- Auto Cruise
- Dual-zone auto climate control
- and many premium features