Audi gave us an exclusive look at the all new 2017 Audi S5 and A5 sportback models ahead of the Paris Auto Show launch next month and they look spectacular.
The new 2017 Audi S5 and A5 styling is hardcore Audi design language inspired, with the traditional Audi hexagon grille and the redesigned front and rear bumpers it’s very reminiscent of the current 2017 A5 coupe. Almost exactly the same aside from the addition of the fog-lights integrated within the lower front fascia followed up by different styling on the bottom as well.
The headlights received minor tweaks that saw a curve at the upper edge. The hood has been sculpted and reshaped with prominent creases, the side has been tweaked and the taillights changed as well. Everything seems sharper overall with the main lines now sticking out like never before and the hood sharper than ever, the S5 looks that much sportier, and can’t be mistaken for a base Audi model.
The 2017 Audi S5 and A5 are still sitting on the MLB platform used in the coupe, but with a lengthened wheelbase that stretches from 2,765 mm to 2,824 mm which increased legroom at the back.
The engines available on the 2017 Audi S5 and A5 sportback models range from the entry level 2.0-liter TFSI engine that delivers 167-hp and 270-NM of torque, the same engine is available in two other variants that produces 187-hp/320-NM and 248-hp/370-NM of torque respectively. The 2017 S5 Sportback receives the 3.0-liter TFSI engine that puts out an impressive 348-hp and 500-NM of torque.
Diesel options are available as well with both the 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI ultra engines on offer providing 187-hp and 400-NM of torque. The base 3.0-liter TDI puts out 214-hp and 400-NM while the most powerful diesel engine offered, the 3.0-liter TDI spews a very respectable 281-hp and 620-NM of torque. All that torque is completely useless on a sedan, but why not.
You also get to choose between all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive options and depending on the selected engine you can match it to a six-speed manual, a double clutch seven-speed auto or even an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2017 Audi S5 and A5 sportback variants offer standard Audi interiors with the same Audi selling scheme that sees base models receive a smaller 7.0-inch infotainment system and the high-end models equipped with an 8.3-inch screen and Audi’s unique 12.3 virtual cockpit display. Shed the extra money and you can have yourself a thumping Bang & Olufsen surround sound system with 19 speakers available as an option, we advise you to click.
The all new models also offer an interesting Stop&Go adaptive cruise control system that is semi-autonomous at speeds of 40 mph (65 kmh) the car is able stop, accelerate and steer its self.
But that’s not all, the interior is now roomier. With 17 mm in increased length and 11 mm in increased shoulder room with 24 mm of extra leg room at the rear you can’t go wrong with the new A5 and S5 models. Audi also claims best in class luggage capacity of 480-liters.
Pricing for the new 2017 Audi S5 and A5 sportback models starts at 37,800 euros ($42,500) and 62,500 euros ($70,285).