2017 Audi A5 Spied Testing for the First Time

The 2017 Audi A5 has been spied testing for the first time.

With the 2016 Audi A4 getting ready to make its official debut, the German automaker has begun testing on its next-generation A5 coupe with AutoGuide.com‘s spy photographers catching it in action on the back roads of Germany.

The 2017 Audi A5 will ride on the latest version of Audi’s MLB Evo platform and is internally codenamed B9. Expect the new A5 to use plenty of ultra-high strength steel, aluminum and other composite materials to shed weight for its latest iteration. Reports say that Audi hopes to cut 200 to 250 lbs from the current A5’s weight.

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The MLB Evo chassis was introduced on the 2015 Audi Q7 and the majority of Audi’s lineup is expected to transition to the new, lightweight platform. Continuing the tradition of the Audi A5, the company will use a wide range of standard gasoline and diesel engines to power its luxury sports coupe, with the performance-minded S5 and range-topping RS5 to join the lineup as well. In Europe, Audi will likely offer an A5 Sportback model.

Production on the 2017 Audi A5 will begin in August 2016.

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