Geneva Premiere: Audi A5/S5

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GENEVA — Audi's former chief designer Walter d'Silva told the gathered mob here the Audi A5 is the most beautiful car he's designed in his career. We're inclined to agree, considering the original Alfa 156 hasn't aged as well as we thought it would. Nonetheless, it can't be underestimated what an achievement the A5/S5 is in this age when designers generally have no clue what to do with a two-door model that's not a supercar. (We're looking at you, Toyota Solara.) Look for it parked in front of a 12th century apartment complex near you, beginning this summer.

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"Audi's former chief designer Walter d'Silva told the gathered mob here the Audi A5 is the most beautiful car he's designed in his career. We're inclined to agree, considering the original Alfa 156 hasn't aged as well as we thought it would."

Them's fightin' words!

This lumpen pastiche isn't fit to be spoken of in the same sentence as the 156, which still beautifies the neighbourhood wherever you choose to park it.

Seriously...the A5/S5 has a generic Audi grill grafted onto a Mercedes/Hyundai-copy midsection, with a 3-series coupe rear end. It's the most half-hearted effort I've seen in ages, and it's all the more lamentable because our expectations were raised by the exquisite Nuvolari concept.

Go clean your glasses and wash your mouth out with soap!