I always thought the best job in the automotive realm belongs to the people who get to make up the names of exterior colors. Growing up, we had 64, maybe 108 different colors we could name, and that’s only because of the size of our crayon boxes. I believe a big portion of the car-color namers’ (just guessing, but I’ll bet that’s not their actual title) time is spent trying to discover new ways to say “black.” For example, there’s Tuxedo Black, Magnetic Black, Black Sapphire, Gloss Black, Crystal Black and, in the case of the 2013 Audi A5, Brilliant Black, which is a fitting name, since the new A5 is a brilliant vehicle. Brilliant as in: a beautifully updated fascia, well-balanced ride and responsive 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.
The A5 line (including performance-oriented siblings the S5 and RS 5) is a mainstay for Audi. The A5 alone is over the 8,000 sales mark in the first half of 2012, and is on track to have the best sales year ever for the luxury coupe. It’s the third best-selling vehicle in its lineup (behind the A4 and Q5), but number one in the hearts of its owners.
And for good reason, one look at the A5’s elegant, sport-oriented lines and you understand why it has its adoring fans. Audi made only a handful of changes to the exterior for 2013 (if it ain’t broke don’t fix it), and mostly to the front area. Redesigned headlamps with LED accents, a new grille and a more sport-oriented front bumper are the most noticeable. It looks more integrated and aerodynamic, especially the new pistol-shaped versus previously boxy headlamp assembly.
Audi designers also cleaned up the A5 Coupe’s LED taillamps to finish the exterior upgrade. The A5 coupe comes standard with 245/40 all-season tires and 18-inch 5-spoke V-design wheels, which are some of the best-looking OEM rims we’ve seen in a while. Optional 255/35 summer tires with 19-inch 10-spoke wheels will set you back $800, and for another $140, you can add the port-installed polished exhaust tips if the performance look is what you prefer.
Inside, the A5 receives a new available 3-spoke steering wheel with a flat bottom (we love the flat-bottom wheel but alas, didn’t get it in our test car), a revised IP with the focus on the speedometer, new fabric and leather options, new wood inlays, and a fresh selection of interior color trim.