Matt Prior: Audi A5 reveals how nicely model’s design has aged

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Travelling alongside the M40 this morning I moved proper for an Audi A5 Cabriolet to hitch the carriageway. Silver with a black hood. Nonetheless a good-looking automobile.

Solely because it handed me did I discover its ’58 quantity plate, making it an early model given deliveries solely started early in 2009. However even at 13 years previous given a polish and a brush-up, from the skin not less than it regarded to me prefer it may very well be on sale at present.

Does Audi, greater than any producer, have a design language so constant that that is attainable? Mis-hits just like the angular Audi Q2 apart, its fashions are so subtly detailed however recognisable that, whereas they may look ostensibly comparable – not a lot separates an Audi Q3 from an Audi Q5, say – they’ve additionally constructed an exceptionally sturdy model picture.

At launch, A5 cabriolets value from underneath £30,000 however a really tidy early one nonetheless fetches the perfect a part of £10,000 at present. And I’m certain its design is a large a part of that.

I don’t think about that residual values of vehicles close to the top of their design life is especially entrance of a designer’s thoughts when plotting a brand new automobile – there’s no cash in it for Audi at that time, in any case. But when an organization is attempting to construct or retain a strong model status, it’s undoubtedly price contemplating how gracefully a design will age.

Electrifying new bike

Maeving, a brand new British electrical motorcycle producer, thinks it has hit a candy spot for e-bikes with its RM1.

For one, the RM1 bike doesn’t appear to be a scooter, it appears like a basic motorcycle. And but in contrast to correct ‘huge’ electrical bikes it’s nonetheless solely a 125cc-ish equal two-wheeler with a 45mph high pace, an 80 mile vary, and which may be ridden on a CBT licence (so after a day’s Obligatory Primary Coaching).

Massive electrical bikes, Maeving thinks, don’t have the vary to problem the flexibility of petrol bikes – usually they’ll do as much as 100 miles, however no extra – and are dearer than an internally combusted equal. And batteries are nonetheless so costly that it’s more durable to get actual worth into smaller electrical scooters – although given how a lot gas prices, they are often aggressive.

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