Audi's not about to let BMW's next 4 Series have all the fun.
Think two-door, four-seat coupes and convertibles are a dying breed? Not according to the Germans. BMW has two in its lineup in the 4 Series and new 8 Series, and Mercedes offers three in the C-Class, E-Class, and S-Class. And that's not even counting their two-seat sports cars or four-door coupes. Audi, for its part, only offers one, but it's brought it to the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in updated form.
The grille is new, the intakes are bigger, the side sills slimmer, and diffuser reprofiled, and LED lighting features all around. The interior features new instrument and infotainment displays, and there are new colors, wheels, and packages to choose from.
There's a new range of engines as well, and they've all gone 48-volt with mild-hybrid assists. The most enticing of them is the new S5 TDI, packing a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 rated at 347 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque to deliver a sub-five-second 0-62 time. Unfortunately we won't be getting that engine in America – especially post-Dieselgate.
We won't salivate too much over that particular piece of forbidden fruit, though, because the gasoline-burning S5 we do get here is even punchier with 354 hp (though less torquey at 368 lb-ft) to return a quicker 0-62 mph time as low as 4.7 seconds. And of course, there's the even more powerful RS5, which hasn't been included in this round of updates.
The A5 and S5 coupes have, however, along with convertible and Sportback versions of both, proved that Audi is not about to sit back and let BMW have all the fun with the next 4 Series previewed in concept form at the same show.