The A5, a two-door luxury coupe, debuted in 2008 as a welcomed addition to the Audi vehicle line-up. Unlike Audi’s other two-door vehicles the TT and R8, the A5 was not specifically a sports car. With an interior designed to comfortably fit four adult occupants, the 2008 model arrived with a 3.2-liter V-6 engine as the sole powerplant generating 265 horsepower that would be channeled through a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
The Audi MMI system and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard equipment included on the 2008 Audi A5 coupe. The Audi A5 came standard with quattro all-wheel drive in the first two model years. In 2010, a front-wheel drive variant of the Audi A5 was offered as part of many additions to the vehicle. The 2010 line-up for the A5 also received a smaller 211-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant as well as a soft-top cabriolet model. In 2012, an eight-speed automatic transmission was first offered providing better fuel economy.
Undergoing a substantial styling retouch for the 2013 model year, the Audi A5 is given more contoured headlamp housings and a trapezoidal grille. Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels are used to define the extent of equipment found on the 2014 Audi A5. In addition to the conventional A5 line-up, Audi has also used the coupe and cabriolet as the basis for the high performance S5 and RS5 models.