Audi “Future Now" Event
LeasePlan were kindly invited by Audi Ireland to attend their “Future Now” event. This event was held to preview the 2nd generation Audi A5 Coupé.
The exterior holds few surprises and is more so an evolution of the design features established on the previous generation. The new model’s profile appears lower with a more athletic look. We’d say its gym membership has paid off!
The A5 Coupé is built on an entirely new platform and has a host of new technological upgrades. The “Drive Select” mode enables the driver to choose between comfort, sport and anything in between. This alters the throttle response, exhaust note and suspension.
There will be two petrol and three diesel engines available. They are claimed to provide 17% more power and be 22% more efficient than the current generation. The petrol engine (EA888) comes in two configurations. An 187bhp unit which utilises the Atkinson cycle combustion process for improved fuel economy or a 248bhp performance version. On the diesel side of things, the four cylinder (EA288) engine is offered with 187bhp and a range topping 3.0-litre V6 offering 286bhp.
The cabin has a very premium feel and high level of fit and finish. There are various choices of trim available including carbon, stainless steel and more traditional wood. The seats are extremely well padded and very supportive. The vehicle is well equipped with A Bang & Olufsen sound system, sat nav, satellite radio, Bluetooth. The satellite navigation display is one of the best in the business. It uses Google Maps which includes Street View displayed on a crystal clear screen.
The stunning Audi R8 V10 was on display as the centrepiece of the event. Powered by a 5.2 V10 that revs to 8,500 rpm and packs a convincing 540 bhp wallop. This is unquestionably as much a supercar as a Ferrari etc. This second generation engine has a higher compression ratio and a more free flowing induction system. The engine is also equipped with variable intake and exhaust to improve drivability and reduce emissions. Just like a race car, the engine also uses a dry sump system.
The power from the engine is transmitted through a seven speed dual clutch transmission. Audi’s legendry all-wheel-drive Quattro system has been revised with updated software to allow optimal torque splitting between each wheel.
The R8 is a real head turner and fitted in the motorsport inspired livery looked amazing.
R8 V10 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Blackrock, Co.Dublin.
The RS6 Super Estate
And its little brother the RS3.
All in all, this was a great event. The current Audi line up is truly impressive.