Walter de Silva Praises Audi A5 Coupe Design
“The Audi A5 Coupé is the most beautiful car I’ve ever designed and is well on its way to becoming a design icon. I’m therefore thrilled by this accolade, as it also validates my hard work," he said in an official press statement.
The design award will be handed to de Silva in a gala at the International Ambiente Fair in Frankfurt on February 12, 2010.
“The A5 Coupé clearly has an automotive personality all its own. It is an absolute highlight of Audi’s progressive and stylish design language. The A5 is naturally a very powerful and supremely sporty automobile. Yet it isn’t the least bit aggressive or arrogant. It’s especially the way the shoulder line extends, with the back roof pillar flowing into it and the long transition to the short rear, which renders the A5 a typical grand tourer – a sophisticated touring sports car," the designer stated.
Audi A5 Coupe was officially rolled out at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show and competes with BMW 3-Series and Mercedes CLK in the luxury coupe segment. A sportier S5 variant was also developed in 2007, featuring a 354-PS 4.2L Fuel Stratified Injection V8 powerplant.
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