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Audi A5

Review: 2009 Audi A5

First, there was the older on the busy main street. As I past in the Audi A5. he stopped in his tracks and made quite a of pointing out the red sports car to his companions. was a look of bedazzlement on his face.

Or the Viagra choose that to kick in.

Then there was the of automotive engineers, busily away under the hood of a British sport utility prototype. One looked up and then the followed his gaze. Work stopped and their eyes on the coupe until it passed out of The look on their faces to be one of longing. They’d rather be the hood of an Audi.

Who could them?

Finally there the teenage boys sitting on the bus bench. Once I started from the red light, the guy closest to me saw the A5 He elbowed his friend and soon were six pairs of eyes in awe.

To look at these you would’ve thought all of the 2007 and Playmates of the Month were by in a hot tub on wheels with half of suffering wardrobe malfunctions at very moment.

There are a million such when you drive an A5. Men and women of all gawk. It is a car that is not at all shy about its looks. It’s got it and it’s it.

The A5 is Audi’s middle child slotted between the smaller, TT and the bigger, fiercer R8 super The A5 marks Audi’s return to the coupe arena after to the competition for more than 20

What’s it up against?

The A5’s rival is the BMW 3-Series coupe. The G37 and Mercedes-Benz CLK350 are also in the mid-size coupe racket. for the Audi, it’s the best of the quartet.

Only the BMW is in the same zip when it comes to sheer at least to this author’s

It would be easy to leave it and let the A5 rest on its aesthetic laurels but it’s not quite that An A5 that’s fairly loaded options will run you a little $50,000. For a grand or two more, you can get an optioned up BMW 335xi coupe. The is the twin-turbo, inline six-cylinder the hood of the Bimmer.

Spool puppy up and you’re heaps than the Audi; about a second faster to 60 miles per

The G37 causes even more of a by offering almost the same numbers as the BMW, but at a whopping less.

At the bottom of the pile, the CLK350 is, quite honestly, over-priced and slow. Thankfully for the next-gen CLK is almost here.


The A5 is the first Audi to utilize the MLP (Modular Longitudinal Platform) architecture. The main advantage to new setup is allowing a longitudinally engine and transmission to be set farther behind the front axle. allows for a more even distribution, which results in handling.

This chassis allows for flexible wheelbase and will underpin the new A4, A6, A7, A8 and Q5.

Audi Select, an adaptive steering, and throttle mapping system, is now on the A5. For instance, hit comfort� and the steering is very light and easy to the suspension is at its softest; and the throttle into your acceleration Press dynamic� and it’s opposite.

Firmer weighted for more precise maneuvers, suspension for better handling and throttle tip in.

There is also an button that will let the decide for you, but unless grandma is in the car, pressing should be the second button you hit the engine start button. You can use the custom button to set up the various individually.

How does it look?

The A5 is beautiful, true. If you see its face in crowed you’ll know right – mostly because a of LED daytime running lights be staring back at you. two strips of LEDs make for a unlike anything else on the road.

They add a menacing to a front end that’s already To hell with BMW’s eyes;� Audi’s angry are king.

The LEDs are the reason people stare slack-jawed at the A5 in the place. From the lights, eyes follow the perfectly lines all the way to the rear of the body. at that point that realize they are looking at one of the unique, alluring new cars on the

A lot could be written about the near flawless design, but the can also do a lot of talking. A warning, Some of the A5’s beauty to escape the lens of most

There have been cars in the past that to be seen in person to be fully The A5 is one of them as it holds back last bit of wow factor� until standing next to one in the showroom for your checkbook.

You may grow tired of automotive using lines like Audi interior with quality material, fit and finish.� what can I say? There really a better way to say it. Audi is good at making interiors great materials that fit and feel great.

Inside are grays and blacks offset by aluminum accents. The design of the and center stack is simple and One need not be intimidated by Audi’s MMI

Given a bad rap by BMW’s iDrive Audi’s controls are really easy to pick up. For the most a day or so of using MMI should be all the lesson you need.

While the inside of the A5 is a nice place to be, it’s not faults. If you opt for the S-Line package explain why this is a must you get seating surfaces covered in That’s fine — it’s perforated alcantara.

It to cheapen the look a little, to be fair, you’ll be sitting on it.

problem with the seats is the bolstering. The bolsters are pretty but when you have a car capable of kinds of cornering speeds, need to be bigger.

Finally, it’s worth the back seats. There are two seats in back, but if you happen to legs, sitting in them pose a challenge.

But does it go?

of the A5’s initial critics that the car doesn’t corner well. They say it’s of a highway cruiser than a car. After spending time in the A5, I started to wonder if was stupid but me. This A5 didn’t go corners; it carved corners Bode Miller, only, the booze and lackadaisical approach.

to take that corner 35 mph at 55 mph? Simple. It’ll through that corner, the line with ease and dare you to do it faster. Your will break before the does.

The reason my experience was so from the others was the suspension. My car had the package, which includes, other things, a sportier and 19-inch wheels with summer performance tires. The package is a game-changer for Audi’s coupe. It’s optional, but it should be standard equipment for any

Add the Drive Select on the test car and handling will improve more.

Speed-wise, as we’ve said, it’s not the fastest car out Though to call it slow be asinine as the A5 still manages a 5.8 0-60 time with the 3.2 liter V6 mated to a six-speed transmission Drop the hammer and you accelerate with authority. with the high-revving V6, the A5 returned a 23 mpg by the end of the week.

The six-speed, cog-swapper falls the pretty good� category. in there, there is a notch, or anomaly, that feels third gear, but when you go it ain’t third.

Overall, are fairly smooth and the throws are a length.

Why you would buy it:

The A5 gives you a of everything. It’s a devastatingly car, is quick and handles well when equipped Even better, the fuel isn’t typical sports car

Why you wouldn’t:

You crave the power of a V8, or twin-turbo inline six, and willing to compromise.

2009 A5 base price, $40,300. As $53,490.

Premium package, Technology package, $2,200; package with voice $2,390; Audi Drive package, $2,950; S-Line $2,900; Bang Olufsen system, $850; Destination,

Words and photos by Chris

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