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Audi A5 Sportback arrives

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13th J
anuary 2010

In pursuit of a bigger slice of the luxury market in Australia, Audi has increased its vast range yet again. The latest arrival is the new A5 Sportback concept.

This five-door coupe offers Audi’s benchmark design and quality in a new ‘Sportback’ segment that borrows its design from the A5 Coupe, adds the five-doors and load-carrying space of an Avant, and offers the storage and passenger room of a sedan.

Audi Australia’s outgoing managing director, Joerg Hofmann, is looking to the A5 Sportback with typical optimism, “It will be our volume-selling model in the A5 segment and will make a significant contribution to our sixth record year of sales in 2010.” It's worth noting that Audi is the fastest growing manufacturer in the luxury segment of the Australian market.

New Audi A5 Sportback has arrived in Australia - Image Copyright Audi Australia Pty Ltd“It seems that once again Audi has managed to successfully combine conflicting traits – blending emotional design with a car that is functional in terms of space, even offering a very large rear tailgate for ease of access. It looks beautiful. It drives very well. It is a great car for a family, for everyday use and I believe it will sell very well Downunder,” Mr Hofmann said.

The Sportback design concept, launched with the A3 Sportback, is defined by its elegant and stylish lines, short front and rear overhangs, long wheelbase and wide track.

In this latest model, four frameless doors complete the look, plus a large rear sportback for easy boot access.

Inside the car, interior seating remains for four only along with a large luggage compartment that increases from 480 to 980 litres with the rear seats folded. The luggage hatch is seamlessly integrated into the long, tapered tail end with flat C pillars; the spoiler lip and diffuser insert provide contrast and emphasise the sporty characteristics of the body contour.

New Audi A5 Sportback has arrived in Australia - Image Copyright Audi Australia Pty LtdIn Australia, the A5 Sportback will be launched with two engines – the 2.0 TFSI and 3.0 TDI – both with quattro all-wheel-drive and S tronic as standard. The 2.0 TFSI model offers 155kW of power and 350Nm of torque, available from 1,500 – 4,200 rpm. It achieves the 0 – 100km/h sprint in 6.6 seconds and consumes 7.5 litres of fuel per 100km.

The V6 3.0 TDI offers 176kW of power, with a whopping 500Nm of torque between 1,500 – 3,000 rpm. 0-100km/h is achieved in just 6.1 seconds and incredibly, the 3.0 TDI engine sips just 6.6 litres per 100km, making it the 23rd model in the company’s fuel-efficient line-up benefiting from reduced luxury car tax.

All models are equipped with a recuperation system that recovers energy during braking and deceleration, storing it temporarily in the battery. The A5 Sportback 2.0 TFSI is also equipped with the Audi valvelift system for variable control of valvelift. This intelligent technology boosts performance while simultaneously reducing fuel consumption.

New Audi A5 Sportback has arrived in Australia - Image Copyright Audi Australia Pty LtdThe perfect complement is the Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system, which enables the driver to freely vary the throttle response characteristic, the shifting points of the seven-speed S tronic, and the boost provided by the servotronic steering system.

The arrival of the new A5 Sportback completes the Audi A5 range in Australia, joining the popular A5 Coupe which was first launched in October 2007 and the A5 Cabriolet model which arrived in August 2009.

The Audi S5 Sportback was unveiled globally at Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009, and the car is expected to arrive locally around mid-2010. The S5 Sportback boasts a 3.0 TFSI engine with quattro and will be priced around $130,000.

Standard equipment:
- 4 frameless doors
- Large tailgate
- 8 airbags - Full-size airbag for driver and front passenger, with seat position sensors, adaptive airbag for driver and front passenger; side airbags (thorax-pelvis airbag at the front); head airbag system SIDEGUARD
- Alloys wheels - 17” 6-arm design for 2.0 TFSI and 18” 10 spoke design for 3.0 TDI
- Exterior mirrors of new design
New Audi A5 Sportback has arrived in Australia - Image Copyright Audi Australia Pty Ltd- 6.5-inch colour screen
- Audi music interface
- Electric front and rear windows
- Electromechanical parking brake
- 3 zone Automatic air conditioning, with sun sensor
- Concert sound system with single-disc CD player
- Servotronic – power steering, speed-dependent
- Multifunction, leather-covered sports steering wheel
- ESP with electronic front axle differential lock (for front-wheel drive)
- quattro with sports differential
- S tronic transmission (standard on quattro variants)
- Bluetooth mobile phone prep
- Full keyless entry and start function
- Audi Parking system, rear only for 2.0TFSI
- Audi Parking system, front and rear for 3.0 TDI
- Xenon Plus headlights with LED daytime driving lights
- Cruise control
- Front centre armrest
- Interior lighting package
- Electric front seats with 4-way lumbar support
- Milano leather seats
- Split-folding rear seats

New Audi A5 Sportback has arrived in Australia - Image Copyright Audi Australia Pty LtdAt a glance: Audi A5 Sportback

- 2.0 TFSI with 155kW and 3.0 TDI with 176kW
- Direct fuel injection for both engines
- 3.0 TDI model consumption = 6.6 litres/100km, - Both engines with energy recuperation system and Audi valvelift system for 2.0 TFSI

Seven-speed dual clutch S tronic
- Servotronic speed-sensitive steering
- quattro all-wheel drive; sport differential for variable distribution of power to the rear wheels as an option for 3.0 TDI

Balanced axle load distribution, lightweight construction suspension
- 17-inch aluminium wheels standard on 2.0 TFSI, with 18-inch on 3.0 TDI
- Optional Audi drive select dynamic control system, adaptive shock absorber control, dynamic steering and sport differential available as options

New segment for A5 range: Sportback body concept
- Sporty, elegant design with flowing lines
- Large luggage compartment with two-piece cover
- 480 to 980 litres of luggage space
- Generously spacious interior with easy entry thanks to 5 doors
- Seating for 4 adults

Equipment and trim
- assistance systems available as options
- Powerful MMI navigation system

2.0 TFSI priced at $78,400 (manufacturer’s list price MLP)
3.0 TDI priced at $89,100 MLP

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