The 2010 Audi S5 is the closest thing Germany has to a classic muscle car. It's chic but powerful, as much Rodeo Drive as it is drag strip. New for 2010 is the Audi S5 Cabriolet, a drop-top version of the S5 lineup derived from last year's S4 convertible.
The 2010 S5 pinpoints the intersection of sporty and elegant. The hotted-up V-8 version of the A5 coupe introduced 2 years ago has great crests and curves in its sheetmetal. Cars.com details the differences as a "revised grille...quad tailpipes and 19-inch alloy wheels" This four-ringed drop-top has a "cloth roof," according to Car and Driver, which Audi claims is "more upscale than a folding hardtop."
Edmunds likes the "elegant design inside and out." MyRide.com thinks that the "alloys fill the wheel wells," If you don't like the roof either, consider the 2010 Audi S5 Cabriolet, as Automobile Magazine feels that "as gorgeous as the A5 looks in hardtop form, it looks even better as a convertible." Car and Driver simply comments that the convertibles "offer handsome styling, whether the top's up or down," echoing the opinions of many reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. MyRide.com likes the "power-dome hood" and the "aggressive horizontal headlight housings." S badgework finishes the look.
Inside, the 2010 S5 has typically great fit and finish. Car and Driver finds it a "fabulous place." There are plenty of buttons and generous metallic trim, making the interior a little busy. Edmunds calls it "richly appointed." Cars.com finds the cabin "sporty and elegant" Car and Driver loves the "arcs of brushed aluminum trim," calling it "modern, but not so much that you're intimidated."