At about the same time as the TT roadster’s arrival, we expect to see the second-generation A5, which will be the second car based on Audi's new MLB Evo platform, after the next Q7. The MLB Evo architecture is an update of the original MLB, which incidentally was launched with the current A5 and today underpins the A4, A5, Q5, A6, A7, and A8. This same foundation will be used by the yet-to-be-unveiled Porsche Macan, and some components have found their way into the Bentley Mulsanne.
The next-gen A5, which again will be offered as a coupe and a cabriolet and in S and RS strengths, will be engineered to accommodate a number of four-, six-, or eight-cylinder engines—likely not deviating too far from today’s powertrain lineup. There also will be a plug-in hybrid, which will include a torque-vectoring function facilitated by a rear-mounted electric motor.