Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Audi

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Audi

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Byline: STEVE HUGHES

AUDI''S sky-high image is greatly enhanced by the cabriolet versions of its A5 and TT coupes, both of which have been hugely successful since their introduction.

The A5 range is vast, with a wide choice of petrol and diesel engines ranging from the 1.8-litre petrol model to the 3.0-litre turbodiesel with four wheel drive.

The Roadster version of the TT Coupe also comes with a choice of petrol and diesel engines plus Sport, S Line and Black Edition models.

The UK is one of Audi''s strongest global markets, with almost a tenth of last year''s world-wide million sales snapped up here, amounting to a ten per cent increase despite the socalled recession.

In addition to new models there is continuous updating of existing ranges, starting with the A5, with subtle styling changes and significant technical improvements. This amounts to carbon dioxide reductions of up to a fifth and economy in excess of 60mpg, which is remarkable for a relatively large coupe or cabriolet costing from PS26,500.

The previous non-turbo 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine was replaced by a new 270bhp version of the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 unit in A5 Coupe and Cabriolet variants. The existing 333bhp version of this engine, which already powers the S5 Sportback and S5 Cabriolet, replaces the 4.2-litre non-turbo V8 in the S5 Coupe.

Equipped with its new 20 per cent more efficient engine, the S5 Coupe can accelerate to 60mph in just 4.9 seconds, whilst economy rises significantly to 35mpg from the V8''s 26mpg.

At the other end of the scale, the entry-level 1.8-litre petrol model gets a power hike from 160bhp to 170bhp, with economy of 50mpg and a 20 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions to a new low of 134g/km.

The 2.0-litre engine continues in 210bhp form with 45mpg and CO2 emissions of 149g/km.

New to the diesel line-up is a 200bhp version of the 3.0-litre V6 TDI to replace the 2.7-litre model, achieving economy of 55mpg.

However, for those in search of ultimate economy there is a heavilymodified version of the 2. …

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