Sharing its running gear with Audi's A4 four-door, the 2011 Audi A5 Coupe and Cabriolet make much more from the meat and potatoes they're given, than do the four-door counterparts.
Step back from its strong grille and the A5 reveals a muted aggression that's in lockstep with Audi's sedan lineup. To the rear the A5 has some of the supple, sculptural look of classic coupes like the Sixties Camaro. It's striking though subtle. Poise is baked into its rear haunches, and the sexy rear end has just enough detailing to accent its shape, not overwhelm it. Rear LED lighting shows up on most models, as it's becoming an Audi hallmark.
The A5's cockpit is equal to the sheetmetal's high design standard. Inside, the Audi A5 feels luxurious, even lavish. Plenty of attention has been paid to details like its gauges, and the light touches of metallic trim on its buttons and switches. It's handsome, but may be a touch less sophistication than Audi's interiors from just a generation ago. Drivers can opt for suede and leather seats, and can pay for aluminum or black trim on the dash, replacing the usual wood.