Twins: Tesla Model S & Audi A5

There is a certain one dimensional quality about car design, not in form which is in the 3rd, 4th, 5th and possibly beyond dimensions.

When a buddy told me he was interested in buying an Audi A5 I told him Coupe or Sportback, “Sportback?” he replied, “yes” was my dim witted response.

As a matter of coincidence I was looking at the Tesla Model S at the same time, and then it dawned upon me, I had a William Shatner-esq epiphany moment. They look the same. The Tesla Model S and Audi A5 Sportback look the same.


I always repeat myself when I want to prove a point, and the reason is the uncanny resemblance between these two differing philosophies. Admittedly you can only see it when looking at the rear quarter view of the A5 Sportback and Tesla Model S. It then becomes a classic “two merge into one” moment.

The Audi A5 is an all you can eat cake with diesel and petrol engine models, derivatives, and options list’s designed to hurt your wallet. It began life as a coupe only and sprouted into the Sportback version.

The 2013 Tesla Model S is an all electric car powered by the fossil fuel burning industry so its owners can pretend to emit less C02 but happily emit thousands of tonnes every time they charge their precious little Tesla. Oh the hypocritical, double standards have never been written larger. And it spells stupid.


So which came first the A5 Sportback or the Tesla Model S, its the Audi of course so how does Tesla account for these two design/styling similarities? We reckon that this is a class action law suit waiting to happen. Apple vs Samsung style.


There is another problem, the Tesla Model S also has a resemblance to the Audi A7, yet its easy to tell apart the A5 from the A7. The A5 was designed by Walter De Silva, VW’s Group Design Chief, he styled the original TT but the 2007 A5 is his favorite.

The Tesla Model S was styled by American Franz Von Holzhausen, he had a stint at General Motors as a design director and at VW as an assistant design chief before moving to Mazda and now his current employ.

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