New 2017 Audi A5 & S5 Coupes Are Everything You Expected, And Then Some More

To the untrained eye, Audi‘s 2017 A5 and S5 Coupe series may look eerily familiar to the outgoing models, but they’re actually all new – no, they really are.

In a bid to give the all-new A5 Coupe a more distinctive visual identity -and more sex appeal- from the A4 it’s based on, Audi opted for a pair of new headlights with a cleaner shape, instead of the creased-style units and a more curvy bodywork because big coupes should look the part.

All of this of course happened in true Audi fashion and as with the current A4, the new A5 Coupe looks a lot like its predecessor despite the obvious mechanical differences that came with the adoption of the MLB evo platform.

Speaking of which, Audi claims up to 60kg of weight savings when compared to the outgoing model despite the longer wheelbase and the wider tracks of the second generation. The new Audi A5 also features a class-leading 0.25 drag coefficient.

The engine range consists of two petrol and three diesel units. Power outputs start from 187hp for the base 2.0-litre petrol and diesel models, followed by a 248hp version of the 2.0-litre petrol engine. Audi also offers a 3.0-litre V6 TDI unit with either 215hp or 268hp. The new S5 Coupe is powered by a new turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine, sending 350hp to all four wheels.

Being the most potent model currently in the range, the new S5 Coupe can sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.7 seconds. At the same time the newly developed turbo V6 engine claims to return a combined 32.2mpg US (7.3lt/100km).

Four-cylinder models and the lowered-powered 3.0-litre TDI V6 version can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The more powerful 268hp version of the 3.0-litre TDI V6 and the S5 model are offered only with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with Audi offering the rear-axle sport differential for better handling as an option to both models.

As for the latest version of the brand’s all-wheel Quattro system, it will be offered initially as an option only to four-cylinder models with a manual transmission.

The cabin is now more spacious, mainly thanks to the longer wheelbase. The dashboard’s design is the same with the A4, featuring the continuous air-vent strip, ambient lighting and the Virtual Cockpit display as an option. The infotainment uses an 8.3-inch display controlled by the familiar rotary pushbutton with a touchpad.

The all-new A5 Coupe also comes packed with the latest active safety systems, such as the Stop&Go adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, the cross traffic assist rear, collision avoidance assist and turn assist as well as the Audi Pre-Sense systems.

Audi will launch the new A5 and S5 Coupe in Germany and other European countries this fall.


  • Mike Gonzalez

    girl bye
    Audi, you can keep this for yourself

    • Nordschleife


    • Bo Hanan

      Or- “Bye Felicia!”

  • Hockeyman

    I love it! Especially the interior is beauty!

    • Andrewthecarguy

      The guy in picture 27 doesn’t think so 🙂

  • That Ross Chap

    When the ‘hype’ marketing for this car came out and attemped to excite car fans into expecting a great looking new car, literally nobody expected it to be any different from the last one. The fact this has turned out to be true is a very sad sign of how Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi and VW are operating at the moment, pumping out copies of what they have made before, afraid that their buyers will be scared away by the mere suggestion of difference and change. It’s a real pity.

    • Jeff Delorme

      In Audi’s defense, the A5 is based off the A4 and is supposed to be a coupe version of it, so it’s really not all that surprising that it looks similar. I love the interior, but the exterior is just ok. I will final reserve judgement until I see real photos of the car and in person.

    • FirstAmendment

      Come on, this S5 looks different. The entire front end, bubble looking headights, fenders, the bigger grill… Every panel other than the roof and glass appear to be different. Now I agree that the overall shape is the same AND wait for it…. It has 4 wheels, but unless people are expecting the roof to become squared off to look like a box or for the S5 to turn into an R8…

      I bought the last car when the S5 first came out in 2007, then the RS5 in 2012 and this is as different from its predecessors as any car is expected to be.. The Real issue is does it look good…. maybe, maybe not.

      • Six Thousand Times

        Did the last one also come with a grill? Have you used it? How does it cook?

        • FirstAmendment


          • Six Thousand Times

            You might be confused between the two meanings of two different words: grille and grill.

          • FirstAmendment

            Ok Websters, sorry that I’m using a cell phone to write these posts and just happened to miss an ‘e’ or was over written by spell check…. You’re ridiculous….

          • Six Thousand Times

            As long as you were’t driving…or…grilling (yeah, probably didn’t have to do that!)

        • TheHake

          Grammer nazi!

          • Six Thousand Times

            Given that both sets of my grandparents were harassed and oppressed by ACTUAL Nazis, I’m unimpressed with your word choice.

    • TheHake

      At least the new Passat looks completely different from the previous one.

  • Audi can’t disappoint (me) ..this is shweet

  • Nordschleife

    I have the same feelings about this that I had about the A4 when it debuted.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Did we need this image to be this big?

  • JMJM

    Is it just me or does that hood/front end scream “Buick Avista Concept”

    • Enter Ranting

      I think it screams Ford Fusion. The Buick Avista Concept blows this Audi away in terms of sexy design.

  • Somewhat disappointed, not completely ’cause I the spy shots already got us ready for this, still, I was hoping for a last-minute surprising detail (the only one is that fender thing, which I don’t really dig – though everybody’s doing it lately)… the good thing is that I can keep my current A5 and nobody will guess it’s 7 years-old 😉
    Now, I’m looking forward the next A5 Sportback, since that’s the one I intend as my next ride – fortunately the current one is very nice, too bad is was not available Stateside – fingers crossed for Audi not to mess it up.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Hate to say it but, I’m disappointed. I remember being excited to see the original A5/S5 when they came out…this one on the other hand leaves me cold :/ On a positive note, the interior seems pretty nice

  • TheBelltower

    I love the design, but you have to wonder why they had to make it almost exactly like the old one. You’d have thought they would take this as an opportunity to inject some new design elements besides the typical updated headlight LEDs.

    • FirstAmendment

      The old one wishes it looked this good. The fenders, the bumpers, grill designs, the light housing shapes for the front and rear, the vents in the fenders, that HOOD bulge, and rear deck lid with the rings that angle down The only thing that’s the same are the roofline and windows. The RS5 based off of the spy shots should look amazing.

      • Julien Lachemoi

        Changing every panel by a few milimeters and tweaking the style here and there does not make a new design.
        It’s just a very subtle refresh of the design. Is that a bad thing ? No because the car is not ugly, yes because Audi design theme is getting more and more boring. They just don’t dare.

        • FirstAmendment

          I disagree, did you expect that it would turn out to be an R8?

          I can see plenty of changes and creases… Just look at that hood from the 3/4 view…. This is coming from someone who ordered both the S5 and RS5 before it hit America. There are many changes, people just need to open their eyes… Now of the A4, you would be correct… But what’s with the fender vents, I need to see a close up…

          • TheHake

            Even the new R8 looks exactly like the old one!

          • FirstAmendment

            No. But ok keyboard jockey….

          • TheHake

            Ok not exactly, but pretty much the same. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Audi fan, but the A4/A5 is just too similar to the previous ones. The interior is perfect, however.

          • FirstAmendment

            I agree with you on new A4, I find it very boring but this A5 finally has fenders and hips. It was my main critique of the range and what made me like the BMW M4 more. I have high hopes for new 2019 RS5 now.

          • Julien Lachemoi

            I have trouble to take you seriously because you do seem biased.
            They changed everything ? Yeah sure they did, but in a way that is so minimalist that it’s hardly noticeable. Lots of people like that conservatism and slow evolution but lots of people do find it boring and coward and that’s what some of us are saying.
            You can like it all you want and fool yourself by saying that plenty of changes were made, the car still look exactly the same and just offers a very light refreshing of its style.
            Again: it is not a bad thing in itself, it does not make the car ugly or bad. Just boring.

          • FirstAmendment

            Biased? No I just know the car well because I’ve owned two of the previous model and can clearly see the changes better than you can obviously.

            Does the roof line and windows look the same? Absolutely. And it should look like an A5 and not an Infiniti G35 or BMW 4 series….

            If you open the pictures to a large size, it’s easy to see. Even my wife can see the changes. I suppose you were expecting it to look like a truck for 2018….lol.

            Boring you say? Well that’s your prerogative. You haven’t seen the RS model yet, and looking at the spy shots, it will be the widest, most aggressive and best coupe in the class. I will have the next RS.

          • Julien Lachemoi

            Dude, you are putting words in my mouth that I have never implied in any way.
            Instead of trying to act like a smart ass and talk to me like I’m an idiot complaining the new A5 doesn’t look like a truck (seriously ? are you that childish ?) accept my opinion and that we disagree.
            And why talk about the RS when we are comparing the old and new S5 ?
            You can like your Audi all you want, I do not care. It does not bother me, I don’t think you are stupid for it, that’s your taste and opinion.
            But trying to sell us the fact that it’s completely different because they actually change every panel of the car is ridiculous.
            It is marketing bullshit.

          • FirstAmendment

            Marketing huh? I have eyes to see… and I talk about the new RS because that is what I will buy and love the spy shots that clearly are based on the S5 we see before us…

            Comments about it being the same could easily be said of every 3 series, C Class, and Porsche 911… Regardless, this is a big change for Audi and a look at the last release of the A4 puts the level of the change in perspective…

          • Julien Lachemoi

            Porsche are masters of not doing much, so kind of not a good example here.
            And I fail to see how this car or any other Audi car for that matter is a big change.
            They’re all quality product with a very tame and somewhat classy look, and the new generations are simply more efficient in most ways.

            AGAIN I have nothing against it, but on the matter of style it’s the same old.
            Failing to accept that is failing to recognize reality.

          • FirstAmendment

            I gave more examples than only Porsche, you can clearly read my post again…

            As far as “recognizing reality”… whatever! Are you not going to stop until I agree with you? Are you unable to accept that others opinions might differ from yours? I dont need you to agree with me, you are welcome to your own opinion sir.

          • Julien Lachemoi

            A bit rich coming from you seeing as you tried to make my opinion look stupid but hey, we finally agree that we disagree and that’s that.

          • Enter Ranting

            Wow, even your WIFE?!

          • FirstAmendment

            Even! She likes cars…. What can I say, I’m blessed….

          • TheHake

            I like conservatism but the new A4/A5 is just too similar to the old.

      • TheBelltower

        I didn’t suggest that it was the same car. It’s an all new car entirely. But it’s like a traced version of the original A5.

  • chippers

    I really like it other than the stupid fender vents.

  • Yalchin

    Could you be the most dreadful new coupe in the world?

  • dzankizakon

    They managed to ruin the A5 – who could have thought! These headlights are HIDEOUS, the car looks like a cockroach from the front. Even the back, which was incredibly well designed, is now worse looking. What a huge disappointment.

  • CFK

    You can´t connect the lines without getting some noise. The front from a car with the door line from another and the back from another, that´s it. Noisy shape, that´s what we get from cars with significant sales in China and EuroNCAP Norms, it´s a salad of tasteless mode and European bureaucracy.

  • BlackPegasus

    Looks like the upcoming Infiniti coupe will have nothing to worry about. 😒

  • Matt

    The 1st gen was such a successful and universally liked design that altering that formula or messing with the proportions on this gen would have been unwise.

    Audi has done the right thing in ‘massaging’ the previous model, giving it a gentle evolution much like Porsche did going from the 997.2 to 991.

    What is annoying is all the ‘car experts’ complaining as though the new TT, R8, A3 and A4 weren’t evidence enough that Audi is playing a careful evolution game with their new models, why anyone is acting surprised with the new A5 is beyond me – especially if you consider how the design didn’t exactly need radical re-imagining.

  • Six_Tymes

    looking forward to seeing the RS

  • theeurbangent

    I was expecting more…..I guess I’ll just go for the c class coupe

  • MarketAndChurch

    It will make one hell of a convertible.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I’m still more interested in the 5-door sportback but it’s undeniable this is nice. Not at all a departure from the outgoing model but appealing just the same.

  • Dennis James

    To sum it up, I would drive this car but I wouldn’t spend my own money on it.

    PS: If they managed to put a screen on the instrument cluster, why don’t they just remove the stupid glued iPad present in all today’s models ? It’s just hilarious how the German manufacturers are copying each other, like the Chinese do. Another copying example: after BMW abandoned the twin-turbo setup going to single turbo (leading to ultimately an inferior engine in the N55 compared to the “old” N54), Audi did the same and the new V6 is single-turbo instead of the old twin-turbo (at least from the press releases).

  • I’m perversely glad that this is such a dud. I keep expecting someone to release a car that will make me want something other than an old Z4 coupe, but the climate is one where everything is designed my committee. So my dream car has not been usurped, and used models keep coming down in value.

  • wow

    pointy eyes

    much evil

    such angry

  • Mr. Crankypants

    It’s the Brooks Brothers suit of cars

  • bagieta

    Front of this car…and interior…are so ugly. Previous model was so much better.
    Worst are air outlet and big tablet in the middle.

  • Goku

    hood lines and front end kind of reminds me of ford fusion
    to be honest…thought that was going to be my next car..but nope i guess 4 series will do

  • Vassilis

    Granted it’s not revolutionary but Audi has been following a clear path of evolution in the last few years so I don’t understand all the complaints. This is an evolution of the previous model and it looks very good, particularly the front.

  • roy

    Looks beautiful….. Similar yes but beautiful nonetheless

  • dqdo

    Love audis but…The bmw 4 is older, but it looks like it will tare the face of the A5…

  • alexxx

    no surprises

  • Enter Ranting

    Giant fake vents on the front bumper of the red car! Whaaaaa?! Tail lights from a Lexus designer. That meaty, crooked, lumpy character line gouged into the sides. Video game gauges. This car is a hot buttered mess.

  • Ermal Morina

    kinda meh

  • A quick visual (side) comparison…

  • Astonman

    Car companies work on marketing data. No one is going to spend $2 billion on a car project without data from car clinics and so on. Within that data, something is telling them what the majority of the buyers are looking for is
    incremental changes. The other German companies saw Audi’s success and are emulating them but only after pouring over reams of data.
    We live in a generation with the attitude of “what is the next great thing”. But that is based on my own data I’ve collected from reading and watching media services. They have spent millions for information and their actions are totally different from my expectations and it appears to be from a lot of the readers here.
    I would love to see that data they’ve been collecting.

  • ComradeTrumputin

    As the owner of a 2015 S5/Black Optic, all I can do is laugh!!

    They made it look like a Passat Coupe!

    Love the tablet bolted on the dash! . . Very BMW . . In fact, the entire car looks like the Passat Team tried to build a 428.

    I’m sure that the slushbox will be fun on the track . . HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

    Wow – I was guessing that they were going to ruin it, based on what I’ve seen VWAG do to all of their cars in the last 5 years, but I had no idea that they were going to turn it into a BMW . .

    • Sasha

      Someone’s jealous.

      • ComradeTrumputin

        I’m sorry that you’re jealous . . Maybe if you had worked harder in school?

        • Sasha

          Reading 101. Stay in school. It can only help. 🙂

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