The German first-tier tuner B&B -a brand that is ready to offer you appearance and performance upgrade products for just about any European car starting with Seat and Skoda and going all the way up the food pyramid to Bentley and Jaguar- has just unveiled its new comprehensive personalization program for the 2009 Audi S5 and A5 performance convertibles.
Just as usual, the tuning program is centered a new body kit that not only looks, um, nice, but also blends into the lines of the body in a remarkably organic way while making the car look more energetic and up to the point if you don’t mind the cliche. Of course, there is also a new set of light-alloy wheels with a thin layer of 255/30-20 rubber on them (the manufacturer is not specified, but they look like Pirelli to me,) as well as a new exhaust system that lets the engine breathe more freely and new sports adjustable suspension that lets the car better stay in curves at higher speeds.
S5’s little sister –the Audi A5– has also got the same set of upgrades that will probably make a great majority of orders for this particular “collection”. However, understanding that its available set of engines leaves much to be desired (in order to make them greener, Audi apparently had to detune them to run on less rich mix of oxygen and fuel,) the German tuner also presented electronic engine upgrade programs for both of its diesels and a gasoline-powered car.
The Audi A5 Cabriolet 3.0 TDI gets its horsepower pumped up in three stages that will set you back at €1198, €1298 and €3950 at a time, but in return will increase the maximum output to 280 hp / 585 Nm, 300 hp / 600 Nm and 325 hp / 640 Nm respectively. The tuner doesn’t say a word about the vehicle’s acceleration time and new top speed, but it must be damn fast. For the money, I mean. The only thing that I am worried here is the engine’s and drivetrain’s life expectancy: as far as I understand, there are no mechanical upgrade to the vehicle and I have an impression that an overly enthusiastic driver may soon find out that repairing a VAG powerplant can be a very painful experience from the point of view of personal finances.
The Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI also receives a new fuel management program uploaded to its ECU and also enjoys higher boost pressure. Sign a check for €998 and its max power will jump to 250 hp and healthy 400 Nm. Three more “stages” and the peak power and torque increased to 310 hp and 465 Nm making it a real rocket. Just don’t forget a proportional amount of cash into a new set of brakes and suspension upgrades.
And as to the A5 Cabriolet 2.0TDI, it is also not as hopeless as some might think. B&B offers two upgrade stages for this kid with power and torque increased from 170 hp / 350 Nm to 200 hp / 400 Nm and 220 hp and 420 Nm respectively. The first stage will cost you €1198. *cough*
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