If you look at the quarter panel, it bulges out quite a bit from the bottom of the side window. The A5/S5 has some hips for sure so it might be a bit of an optical illusion when you look at that particular line of the car from the side. I believe the car will look quite muscular and planted when we all see it in the flesh.
So is it as big as the A6 or somewhere in between the A4 and A6 in size? It may be shaping up to be the size of car I'm looking for.
02-22-2007, 09:54 AM
02-22-2007, 10:14 AM
02-22-2007, 10:32 AM
... pushing the front wheels forward relative to the engine. In terms of interior legroom it will likely be better than the B7 A4 but it's highly unlikely to be A6 sized.
No doubt it's bigger than the current B7 A4, but I'm willing to bet the B8 A4, which will be built on the same MLP platform, will grow to match the A5 in size, just like the B6/7 A4 is bigger than the B5 A4. And the current C6 A6 is still bigger.
02-22-2007, 10:39 AM
02-22-2007, 10:41 AM
Which isn't much at all... That's smaller than the length of our hands. Also the new modular platform isn't just for the A5 and down, it will also be the host of the next A6 and A7/A8? They are getting their moneys worth on this platform.
I think you're right though, the new A4 will be larger than old. Audi seems to be enlarging their lines relative to the competition. The Q7 is biggest in its class, so is the C6. Now only the A4 is left. Smart moves because it builds the perception for the consumer that they are getting more for their money.<ul><li><a href="http://forums.audiworld.com/a5/msgs/634.phtml">comparison</a></li></ul>
02-22-2007, 10:49 AM
Hell, the difference between the current A4 and A6 is 181 vs 193
02-22-2007, 11:22 AM
Update: Wow didn't realize the 6-coupe is so much smaller than the 5-sedan from an interior legroom perspective.
B7 A4 = F41.3"/R31.25"
B8 A5 = ???
C6 A6 = F41.3"/R36.9"
3-coupe = F41.8"/R33.7"
5-sedan = F41.5"/R36"
6-coupe = F42.0"/R28.8" (Wow, WTF less rear legroom than the 3-coupe)
Now even if the A5 is, as speculated, growing ~6" in overall size relative to the B7 A4, it'll only be ~186.5", still closer to the B7 A4 than C6 A6.
Also, keep in mind the growth is mainly due to engine & wheel placement rather than a stretch in the passenger cabin. Therefore, it is reasonable to speculate that the A5 will have roughly the same interior legroom as the 3-coupe, maybe just a tiny bit more.
02-22-2007, 11:32 AM
02-22-2007, 11:44 AM
People keep comparing it to current Audi models, where this car is the first 'newer' model.
ie - It contains growth that will happen across the entire range
02-22-2007, 11:59 AM
02-22-2007, 12:58 PM
It all makes for some interesting conversations though. The spy pics that are out make the car look long, much more so than the current A4. Looking forward to seeing un-enhanced pictures of the A5 to get a better idea of how it looks in the flesh. Never thought 2 weeks could take so long...
AVANT S4 KING
02-22-2007, 01:01 PM
I live just down the street from a BMW dealer, so I see loads of bimmers on test drives and after seeing a 6'er today, I gotta think that the A5 is better compared to the that.
02-22-2007, 01:51 PM
John J Szobocsan
02-22-2007, 01:57 PM
with the TT and A5. Additionally, the A5/S5 and R8 bracket the 6-series/M6. Evidently, Audi is following a page from Sun Tzu's "Art of War" and not challenging a strong competitor head-on but instead attacking from the flanks.
Audi of America has the TT configurator up and running. It is possible to price a new TT at $50K, so the A5 will probably top out at over $60K and the S5 will probably be priced even higher.
02-22-2007, 03:31 PM
02-22-2007, 03:36 PM
02-22-2007, 03:49 PM
I have a 645ci and while it is wide inside it definitely lacks any legroom unless you push the seat back until it hits the back seat. The backseat is useless anyway. If the A5 is roomy like the 3 series then I'm sold.
02-22-2007, 05:58 PM
02-22-2007, 06:31 PM
<starts rolling quarters>
02-22-2007, 06:40 PM
A measly $40k down payment and we're talking about A4 prices again...
02-23-2007, 04:05 AM
Not seeing that it would be worth that...at all.
02-23-2007, 09:51 AM
02-23-2007, 10:42 AM
particularly the one taken next to the Q7. The current Audi doctored pics have too much going on and there is no way to judge size or proportions until there is something in the background that we can relate to.
02-23-2007, 11:41 AM
02-24-2007, 02:44 PM
02-24-2007, 05:20 PM
definitely a publicity stunt, quite brilliant though.