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Entry-level A5s are on the way

Audi will expand its A5 coupe range with two cheaper models early next year.

The A5 range, which went on sale last weekend, has been launched with only high-spec 3.0 TDI Quattro and S5 models – in contrast to Audi’s usual launch strategy and designed to give a more upmarket, expensive feel to the new range of coupes.

The new engines – 1.8-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel, both offering 170bhp – will reduce the A5 entry price to around £26,000. Currently, the cheapest A5 is the 3.0 TDI Quattro at £33,430. A 2.7 TDI diesel model with Multitronic transmission, priced at £31,640, and a 3.2 FSI petrol at £33,230 are due later this year.

Audi expects to sell 3,800 A5/S5s this year, with 8,000 next year. By 2008, fleet will account for half of sales, thanks to smaller engines becoming available.

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