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The Audi A5 is the coupé variant of the fourth generation A4 (B8) sedan and estate that was launched at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show. The A5 marks Audi's return to the mid-size coupé market since the (B3/B4) Audi 80-based Coupe model ended production in 1996. The Mk 2 (B6/B7) A4 spawed a convertible variant but not a coupé; due to the introduction of the A5, the A4 Cabriolet was not retained for the B8 generation.
The A5 debuts the new Audi MLP platform (Modular Longitudinal Platform) which is planned to underpin the next generation A6 and A8. The platform is notable for its departure from Audi's trademark "overhung" engine mounting position over the front axle, in favour of the powertrain being located behind the front axle - in an effort to achieve a more even weight distribution (52:48) between the front and rear wheels.
The A5 is the third coupe in Audi's line-up, next to the second-generation TT and the R8. The A5 has adopted many design elements of the Nuvolari quattro concept. The A5 debuted with the 3.2-liter FSI V6 engine delivering 265 PS (261 hp/195 kW).
The Audi S5 was released to the public at the same time as the A5. Its heart is a 4.2L Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) V8 engine, producing 354 hp (260 kW) @ 6,800 rpm and 325 lb·ft @ 3,500 rpm. The S5 Cabrio will receive instead a supercharged 3.0L V6 TFSI petrol engine.
The Audi S5 features a more aggressive fascia (as do most Audi S and RS models), including a string of LED daytime running lights around the bi-Xenon headlamps (although these are available as an extra on the standard A5). The Audi S5 also comes standard with larger 19" alloy wheels (with different design), bigger brakes, heated leather sport seats, and other convenience features, some of which are available as an option on the standard A5.
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