Audi updates A5 range for 2012; S5 coupe to ditch V8 [Live image update]

Audi has refreshed its A5 range at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with the updates including two new supercharged models.

Audi has revealed a freshened A5 lineup for the 2012 model year. The 2012 updates, which debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show, include styling tweaks and some powertrain updates, covering all A5 Coupe, Convertible, Sportback and S models.

All A5 models receive updated front and rear lights for 2012, as well as a new front bumper design. The new front end includes pronounced air inlets, revamped grilles and flat fog lights. The A5's hood has also been redesigned for a wider look, now sporting more chiseled edges.

Overall, the changes make the 2012 A5 offerings 0.4 inches longer than their 2011 counterparts.

Inside the A5 also gets a fresh look for 2012, with a new steering wheel (plus an optional flat-bottomed unit), new steering wheel stalks, updated design elements, new shifting lever for automatic cars and even a new ignition key.

The A5's interior color palette is almost entirely new for 2012 and includes a number upholstery and inlay options. The Europe-only A5 Sportback gains a five-seat option for 2012.

Audi engineers have tweaked the A5's engine options for 2012, returning an average fuel economy increase of 11 percent. For the U.S. market the base A5 will continue to be offered with Audi's 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder, but the German automaker will add a mid-level model with a version of its 3.0L supercharged V6. The new A5 3.0 TFSI will offer 272 horsepower, representing a healthy upgrade over the car's standard 211 horsepower.

The 2012 S5 Cabrio will retain its 333 horsepower version of Audi's 3.0 TFSI engine, but the S5 coupe will be ditching its 4.2L V8. Making for a more concise lineup, the S5 coupe will be adopting the convertible's supercharged V6 engine. Developing the same 333 horsepower as the S5 cabrio, Audi says the S5 coupe will be capable of accelerating from 0-60 in 4.9 seconds while returning 29mpg.

Look for the updated Audi A5 range to go on sale later this year.

Live images by Mark Elias