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New Audi A5 3.2 Quattro Tiptronic Arrives - (Australia)

June 13th, 2008
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  • Second A5 variant arrives Down Under
  • New S5 also on the way
  • Cements Audi’s reputation for excellent design and driving dynamics

    Audi’s stylish A5 Coupe now has a second model to add to the range. Launched this month, the A5 3.2 FSI quattro tiptronic joins its multitronic stablemate to further enhance the A5 range.

    Powered by the same efficient direct injection 3.2 FSI petrol engine, the A5 quattro tiptronic is priced from $95,900.

    Expertly styled with a powerful presence, it adopts Audi’s progressive design language to produce a coupé with a clear design statement of sportiness and elegance.

    Mated to a 6-speed tiptronic transmission, the A5 3.2 FSI quattro also offers a great dynamic driving experience on any road conditions and excellent long-distance comfort due to its permanent all-wheel drive set-up.

    The A5 quattro model is the second to arrive in Australia, with additional engine variants, the 3.0 TDI and 1.8T FSI, to follow over the next twelve months.

    Audi’s V6 engine is efficient and and eco-friendly with the diesel unit already complying with the future EU5 standard. Thanks to a range of technical innovations, the fuel consumption and CO2 values of both engines are impressively low.

    The A5 quattro tiptronic features the same smooth and powerful 3.2 V6 engine already available in the 3.2 FSI multitronic.

    Offering a maximum of 195kW at 6,500rpm and 330Nm of torque from 3,000 – 5,000rpm, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.4 seconds. Fuel consumption is an impressive 9.3 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle.

    Audi Australia’s managing director, Mr Joerg Hofmann, says the introduction of the new A5 means a clear step forward for the brand in terms of desirability.

    “The A5 Coupe is a stunning vehicle and has shown it is a serious contender in its class. With competitive pricing, advanced engine technology and elegant design, the A5 turns the heads of the luxury car-buying public,” Mr Hofmann said.

    “Audi continues to be a brand on the move in Australia and this new quattro model will help propel us towards yet another period of record sales growth.”

    With a length of 4.63 metres, the A5 Coupe is spacious, with four comfortable seats and an ample load volume of 455 litres. Its generous proportions are another nod to its purpose as a genuine long-distance tourer.

    As first featured in the A5 3.2 FSI multitronic launched at the end of 2007, the ignition key is a design feature of the A5 and S5 range and also provides sophisticated functionality. Softly contoured and pleasant to hold, the innovative key dispenses with the conventional key bit.

    The key communicates electronically with the vehicle electrical system as soon as it is inserted into the cockpit and also stores important information, such as the car’s current mileage or warning messages from the Audi A5’s driver information system.

    Additional A5 variants will be available by the end of the year and include a powerful and economical TDI engine, mated to a completely new high-precision running gear, which, along with innovative, luxury-class equipment features to make this coupe peerless in its segment.

    Also arriving this month, completing the Audi S5 stable, is the new 4.2 FSI quattro tiptronic variant. Priced at $131,900 it matches the S5 4.2 6-speed manual variant on both price and standard specification.

    Launch plan for Australia:

    Engine & transmission

    Pricing

    Introduction dates

    S5 4.2 FSI quattro manual

    $131,900

    October 2007

    A5 3.2 FSI multitronic

    $91,900

    December 2007

    A5 3.2 FSI quattro tiptronic

    $95,900

    June 2008

    S5 4.2 FSI quattro tiptronic

    $131,900

    June 2008

    A5 3.0 TDI quattro tiptronic

    $96,900

    November 2008

    A5 1.8 T FSI multitronic

    Approx $70,000

    2009

    Since the new A5 model range was launched in Europe in April 2007, more than 36,000 units have been sold, far exceeding the company’s expectations.

    In Australia, more than 360 units (A5 3.2 multitronic and S5 4.2 quattro manual only) have been sold since October 2007.

    The A5 is a fitting symbol of the success of the brand’s comprehensive product offensive to penetrate new market segments with attractive niche models.


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