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Address:78, Phet Phra Ram Rd., Bang Kapi, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310 Thailand

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Service day:Mon-Fri, Service hours: 08:00-18:00

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2017 Audi A5 and S5 Coupe announced

Second-generation four-seat sports car gets bigger yet lighter body, plus more powerful and fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines.

Is this really all-new?

Yes it is. What you see here in official pictures is the second-generation Audi A5 Coupe which was unveiled at the company’s headquarters in Germany last night.

In the typical Audi fashion, Ingolstadt’s answer to the BMW 4-series Coupe, Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe and Lexus RC sports very evolutionary design changes over its successful predecessor.

The new A5 Coupe sees a cleaner and more pronounced front grille design and wavy shoulder lines to accentuate the wheel arches. Audi says the car is wider than before and has a longer wheelbase, as well, although it didn’t reveal any specific figures.

Despite the bigger dimensions, the increased use of lightweight materials in the body construction has helped reduce weight by 60kg over the previous model. Audi says the A5 Coupe is the lightest car in its class.

The highlight of the interior is the brand’s so-called Virtual Cockpit whereby the electronic readouts on the fascia can be configured to the liking of the driver. Also note the stubby gear lever which can be found in many new Audis now.

Are there any groundbreaking engines?

Not really. A range of four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines have been announced initially with 17% more power and 22% more efficiency when compared with the outgoing models.

The motor that’s most likely to draw interest among Thai buyers when sales of right-hand-drive cars start at the end of this year is the 2.0-litre petrol TFSI producing around 190hp. Such a choice will help the A5 Coupe compete with its German opposition below the four million baht price level.

The automatic remains the seven-speed dual-clutch type. There’s a new all-wheel-drive system with higher levels of traction response, although the Thai spec model is most likely to stick with the conventional front-wheel-drive format. Speaking of this, all of the A5 Coupe’s aforementioned rivals are rear-drivers.

Is there an RS5 topping the range?

The RS5 hasn’t been announced yet. It should come at a later date, possibly with a downsized 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo producing more than 450hp to rival the BMW M4, Mercedes-AMG C63 and Lexus RC-F.

However, that engine has already formed the basis of the S5 which produces a milder 354hp of power. It replaces the outgoing 333hp 3.0-litre supercharged V6 and is mated to an eight-speed automatic rather than the dual-clutcher.

The S5's exterior design has been differentiated by new bumpers and wheels, as well as the traditional quad exhaust pipes.

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