2011 Audi S5 Review

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Take the more ordinary Audi A5 coupe or cabriolet, insert either a supercharged V-6 or a marvelous V-8 under the hood, and you've created the S5. Not surprisingly, Audi's already done this for you, and with the clever swap job it's transformed the boulevardier two-door into a hustling cruiser.

For a minimum of $55,000, the Audi S5 pairs the best of the automaker's current styling themes with some of the most satisfying powertrains it builds. The coupe's silhouette is so sultry, its Italian designer, Walter d'Silva, thinks it's the most beautiful car he's ever sketched. The S5 has some intriguing similarities to the Chevy Camaro in its three-quarters view, but the deep grille and subtle sculpting is all Audi--and it's even pleasing when the fabric roof is up. Above and beyond the A5, the S5 has its own LED running lights and deep dams and spoilers. Inside the S5, a wide binnacle houses the gauges and an LCD navigation and car-function screen, while hints of aluminum, wood, or woven metal are fitted to the door panels and console. The collection of buttons and switches can seem busy, but high-quality materials and high levels of fit and finish inside mute that effect.

Depending on the body style you choose, the S5 can come with either a six-cylinder or an eight-cylinder engine. Hardtops sport a 354-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8 engine with 325 pound-feet of torque at its peak; it's delivered via a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic to Audi's hallmark quattro all-wheel-drive system. Audi says the S5 Coupe runs to 60 mph in as little as 4.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 155 mph. Fuel economy ranges from 16/24 mpg with the automatic to 14/22 mpg with the manual.

In the S5 Cabriolet, a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 churns out 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. It's only paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, but that's a great transmission to fly solo with, since the combination of plenty of low-end torque and the paddle-shifted gearbox, and all that power delivers 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and the same top speed, while it also attains fuel economy of 17/26 mpg.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
2013 Audi S5 2-Door Coupe Manual Prestige

What an awesome performing car and pleasure to drive.

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The first thing most people notice after recovering from the beautiful lines of the exterior body is the stunning interior. My particular S5 has a grey leather interior with red inserts in the seats and door... + More »
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
2012 Audi S5 2-Door Coupe Automatic Prestige

Great Sports Coupe with outstanding performance

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German quality with very good handling with the all wheel drive feature. The styling is one of the best in the industry and engineering at it's best. The V-8 makes the car unique as to sound and performance. + More »
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Sunday, May 15, 2016
2008 Audi S5 2-Door Coupe Manual

Head turner in BLACK!

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Being over six foot one, two doors are the cars I choose, awd,manual,v8 whats not to love first road Chicago to Florida, several winding roads were do overs glad I am in no hurry,it just gets better with each... + More »
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