Audi Working on Lightweight A5 Coupe-Based Model?

German brand Audi is reportedly working on a new lightweight model based on the A5 coupe that is going to reach production in the next few years. A bit awkward since the company recently unveiled the A5 coupe but, according to a report by, the future model will be powered by a 2.0-liter FSI engine that develops around 208 bhp.

The Audi A5 coupe concept, which has no chances to make it into production, if we are to trust some voices familiar with the matter, uses several lightweight materials, including aluminum and carbon fiber. Compared to the steel-made production version, the prototype is 100 kilos lighter. The difference is a bit more significant if compared to the A5 3.2 V6 quattro, with the prototype weighing 240 kilos less than this particular model.

According to the aforementioned source, the new lightweight concept could arrive in dealerships very soon, but there's still no official confirmation from Audi regarding such a project. However, an Audi insider told Autocar that a lightweight model is very likely to enter the assembly lines, especially if taking into account the fact that the A5 coupe concept won't be produced.

“This is an indication of our direction, while this actual car may not make production, something along these lines definitely will," the source was quoted as saying.

"Lightweight design is one of Audi's greatest strengths and also typical of the brand because it combines dynamics with efficiency. The engineers are working on many new ideas for making the cars even lighter and thus even more efficient. For Audi, lightweight design is a fundamental technology for the sustainable mobility of the future," the company said earlier this month in a release.
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