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Revised Audi A5 Coupe, Convertible and Sportback release date in December

Revised Audi A5 Coupe, Convertible and Sportback release date in DecemberThe Audi A5 is undergoing a mid-life refresh for 2012. The new derivatives of coupé, convertible and sportback will be available to order from September and feature a raft of changes over the current models including cosmetic and mechanical tweaks. The 2012 model year cars now offer 60mpg-plus fuel efficiency and emissions as low as 122g/km of CO2.

Emission reductions of up to 22 per cent are thanks to new and heavily revised engines and additional efficiency measures. The key objective in updating the three ranges was to deliver major gains in efficiency without compromising on performance.

They will look very similar to the current ones, though there are some minor interior and exterior changes. The Sport trim level, which previously applied only to the Coupé, has now been discontinued, and readers of a more technical nature will be interested to note that a limited slip rear differential will now be available on all quattro four-wheel drive models.

The key objective in updating the three ranges was to deliver major gains in efficiency without compromising on performance that fulfils the promise in the taut and muscular lines of the A5. This has been achieved primarily by introducing two new engines and completely redesigning others, but also by extending engine start-stop technology right across the range and replacing the hydraulic power steering system with a new electromechanical unit that demands no engine input when the wheel is in the straight-ahead position.

In realigning the engine range, Audi has remained true to its philosophy of using forced induction to compensate for cubic capacity in the interest of economy. The existing naturally aspirated 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine has been replaced by a new 272PS version of the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 unit in A5 Coupe and Cabriolet variants. The existing 333PS version of this engine, which already powers the S5 Sportback and S5 Cabriolet, will also now replace the 4.2-litre, naturally aspirated V8 in the S5 Coupe.

At the high end, a 272PS version of the supercharged 3.0-litre TFSI petrol engine is used as a replacement for the 3.2-litre FSI in the Coupe and Cabriolet, while the existing 333PS version used in the S5 Sportback and S5 Cabriolet replaces the V8 in the S5 Coupe.

For those looking for economy, a revised 177PS 2.0-litre TDI engine in the front-wheel drive A5 Coupe offers an impressive 60.1mpg fuel consumption in the combined cycle, along with 122g/km carbon dioxide emissions.

The new A5 and S5 models are due to open for ordering in September, starting at £25,540 on the road, with the first deliveries expected in December.

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