2008 Audi S5 vs. Its Competition

2008 Audi S5
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The natural competition for the Audi S5 is BMW's M3 coupe, and the two are near equals in performance in price--though TheCarConnection.com's car experts prefer the Audi's sleeker styling and standard all-wheel drive.

Mercedes-Benz offers a slightly more sedate coupe, the CLK550; it's powerful, and a Black Series edition can be had with ungodly amounts of power and torque.

It may not seem like a cross-shopped car, but the Dodge Challenger SRT8 can play musclecar even better than the Audi S5, though it's much larger, heavier, and cheaper.

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Quick Specs
9.2
The 2008 Audi S5 boasts performance like a BMW M3, styling like a Chevrolet Camaro, and a brilliant handling setup that's distinctly Audi--but only the well-heeled need to apply.
7.8
Let the burnouts begin! The Ford Mustang finally has another domestic competitor.
9.0
The 2008 BMW M3 redefines the performance envelope for BMW's 3-Series range--but at a significant weight and price penalty. You might be going too fast to notice, though.
MSRP From  
$50,500$22,220N/A
Gas Mileage  
14 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas V8Gas V6N/A
EPA Class  
CompactMidsize sedanN/A
Style Name  
2-Door Coupe Manual2-Door Coupe SEN/A
Drivetrain  
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/A
Passenger Capacity  
45N/A
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
2 Door Coupe2 Door CoupeN/A
Transmission  
ManualAutomaticN/A
Detailed Spec Comparison
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