2012 Audi A5 Styling

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Styling

The A5 Coupe is striking and elegant. Somehow the open-air A5 Cabriolet adds a touch of decadence to the design. If we were spending more than $40,000 on a 2-door luxury car from Audi, we'd want it to be the convertible.

Running gear is shared with the A4 sedan, but you might not know it just looking at the A5; they somehow do a lot more with the same proportions, offering up a much sexier profile.

The 2012 Audi A5 is expressive, cool, and nicely detailed—what a special luxury coupe should be.

The A5's strong, deep grille the muted aggression of its front end is perfectly in line with Audi's lineup, while it grabs some of the sculptural suppleness of musclecars like the Chevy Camaro into its styling languages, especially from the rear angles. The sideview's balanced, and striking, and there's just enough detail in back to accentuate the shape, not overwhelm it, as also complemented by distinctive rear LED lighting.

The cockpit of the A5 has the deft touch to match the high-fashion sheetmetal. The details are correct, the materials are fine. The shape is festooned with buttons, but Audi brings it all together with leather, black and aluminum trim. It goes a step beyond the usual and traditional luxury touches, to great effect.

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