Audi A5 Towbars

Audi A5 Towbars

Audi A5 Towing Specifics

The Audi A5 was first introduced in 2007 by the German manufacturer as a compact executive car, designed with strong towing abilities. Currently, there are two generations of the Audi A5, 2007-2016 and 2016 onwards. Each generation includes the model variations Cabriolet, Coupe and Sportback. We will cover the towing specifics of both generations below.

Audi A5 2007-2016 Towbar Electrics Kits

It is recommended that all tow bars fitted to an Audi A5 are done so with a dedicated electrics kit, rather than a universal electrics kit. A dedicated electrics kit not only ensures all modern features such as; trailer stability and parking sensors are functional but also helps to keep your vehicle's warranty unaffected.

We offer both universal and dedicated electrics kits for the Audi A5 2007-2016 towbars, but be aware that universal electrics kits can invalidate any manufacturer warranty your vehicle has and may also require a bypass relay.

Check your Audi warranty for more information.

Bypass Relays

All tow bars for the Audi A5 year range 2007 to 2014 will require a bypass relay if universal electrics are fitted.

A bypass relay works by powering what it is you are towing through transferring power straight from the battery instead of taking too much current away from your vehicle.

Whereas a dedicated system works in harmony with your vehicle's ECU and all of its functions.

Coding

This is the coding of the ECU to accept the dedicated system, this updates your vehicles software to run smoothly with the new towbar. Audi A5 vehicles made between 2007 – 2016 will require coding.

Coding is used to update your vehicles software in order for it to run coherently with the new towbar through the dedicated electrics.

Bumper Cuts

Depending on the towbar, Audi A5 2007-2016 vehicles may require a bumper cut. A bumper cut is when a fraction of the vehicle's rear bumper is cut in order to fit the towbar. You have a choice of visible and non-visible bumper cuts for the tow bars offered with the Audi A5 range.

Nose Weight

Nose weight is the amount of weight pushing down on the tow ball, it is important not to exceed the nose weight set on the tow bar, failure to do so could damage the car chassis and/or tow bar mounting points. For any Audi A5 vehicle manufactured between the years 2007 to 2016, the lowest nose weight is 80kg and the highest nose weight is 90kg. Nose weight varies depending on the towbar you choose and are displayed under each tow bar below.

Towing Weight

Towing weight is the weight that an Audi A5 2007 – 2016 towbar can tow safely, without any risk of damaging the vehicle. Towing weights are bar specific and displayed below each towbar.

For the Audi A5 range, the towing weight capacity for the tow bars is between 2000kg to 2100kg depending on which towbar you chose.

You will need to check the towing limit for your A5 vehicle model as it may not be able to tow up to the weight limit that the tow bar can tow.

Audi A5 2016 Onwards Towbars

The Audi A5’s second generation was launched into the market in 2016. If you have a 2016 Audi A5 it is important you correctly determine which model you have to ensure you get the correct towbar. You can find this information in your vehicle’s log book.

Audi A5 2016 Onwards Towbar Electric Kits

It is recommended that all tow bars fitted to a Audi A5 2016 onwards vehicle are fitted with a dedicated electrics kit. A dedicated electrics kit helps to guarantee modern features such as; trailer stability and parking sensors function correctly, while also helping to ensure that any vehicle warranty is not affected.

Although universal electrics kits are available for the Audi A5 2016 onwards towbars, these could invalidate any manufacturer warranty you may have and will also require a bypass relay.

Check your Audi warranty for more information.

Bypass Relays

All towbars for Audi A5 2016 onwards vehicles that are fitted using a universal electrics kit will require a bypass relay.

A bypass relay works by powering what it is you are towing through transferring power straight from the battery instead of taking too much current away from your vehicle.

A dedicated system works in harmony with your vehicle's ECU and all of its functions.

Coding

This is the coding of the ECU to accept the dedicated system, this updates your vehicles software to run smoothly with the new towbar. Audi A5 vehicles manufactured 2016 onwards will require coding.

Bumper cuts

Depending on the towbar, Audi A5 2016 onwards vehicles may require a bumper cut. A bumper cut is when a fraction of the vehicle's rear bumper is cut in order to fit the towbar. You have a choice of visible and non visible bumper cuts for the tow bars offered with the Audi A5 range.

Nose weight

Nose weight is the amount of weight pushing down on the tow ball. It is important not to exceed the nose weight set on the individual tow bar, failure to do so could damage the car chassis and/or tow bar mounting points. Any Audi A5 vehicles manufactured after 2016, have a minimum nose weight of 80kg and a maximum nose weight of 90kg. The tow bar selected will determine your vehicles nose weight.

Towing weight

Towing weight is the weight that the Audi A5 2016 onwards towbars can tow safely without damaging the vehicle. The towing weight capacity ranges between 2000kg to 2100kg depending on which Audi A5 2016 onwards towbar you chose.

You will need to check the towing limit for your A5 vehicle model as it may not be able to tow up to the weight limit that the tow bar can tow.

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