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Official Report: 2012 Audi A5/S5 Looking Fresh

The Audi A5 lineup has been refreshed and moved away from the gas-guzzling V8 to the leaner and greener V6,

The whole range of the Audi A5 just grew up a bit. Literally. Since 2007, the Audi A5 lineup has been pretty stagnant save a few designs and engine tweaks here and there. That will all change now with the 2012 A5 redesign. The A5 Sportback, Cabriolet and Coupe all grew by a mm in each direction. Gone is the old 4.2-liter V8, and new is a supercharged V6. All three models will be fitted with the 3.0 TFSI with 328hp.

Even the smallest engine on the A5 line, the 1.8 TFSI has been revised to get more fuel economy. All the new engines now feature forced induction and direct injection for tremendous pulling power. The entry-level 1.8 TFSI engine produces 236.02 lb-ft of torque. They also feature start-stop technology. A smaller engine might come as a surprise, however the trend of going green has swept Audi as well. The German automaker believes they will get about 20 percent better fuel consumption with the new, leaner engines. CO2 emissions have also been greatly reduced by as much as 20 percent.

The A5 models are also getting some work done on their exteriors as well, including redesigned headlights and taillights, grilles and bumpers to name a few. The interior will be upgraded with newer materials and LED lights. The new optional infotainment system features MMI navigation plus a large hard drive, seven-inch color monitor, 3D graphics and DVD player. Pricing for the new A5 models have increased slightly due to all the upgrades. The Sportback 1.8 TFSI begins at €33,350.

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