2011 Audi S5

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

182.1” x 54.0”


All-wheel drive



The good:

  • Acceleration
  • Braking
  • Cabin materials
  • All-weather capabilities
  • Folding rear seat
  • Backseat space

The bad:

  • Too much steering assist for a sports car
  • Clutch can be tricky at low speeds (manual coupe)
  • Moonroof doesn't retract (coupe)
  • Highway wind noise (convertible)
  • Nose-heavy handling (convertible)
  • Navigation system needs more street labels

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Performance offshoot of the A5
  • Coupe or convertible
  • 4.2-liter V-8 (coupe)
  • Supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 (convertible)
  • Rear-biased AWD
  • Partial-LED headlights

2011 Audi S5 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The performance-oriented S5 and its layman twin, the A5, are aimed straight for their fellow two-door heartthrobs: the BMW 3 Series coupe and Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe. The S5 coupe comes with a 354-horsepower V-8, all the better to compete with BMW’s M3 coupe, and the cabriolet (convertible) has a supercharged V-6.

New for 2011
A new Titanium Sport Package available on the coupe gives the S5 black window trim, titanium-finish wheels, a black grille and black interior trim.

The S5 is instantly recognizable as an Audi, with the brand’s customary wide-mouth grille flanked by lower air intakes. The car seems downright angry, thanks to a grille with vertical chrome bars and angular headlights. Exterior features include:

  • LED daytime running lights and taillights
  • Standard 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Available sport suspension
  • Quad exhaust

The S5’s dashboard looks much like that of Audi’s larger A6. A broad dome overlaps the gauges and central information screen, which incorporates the optional navigation system. Interior features include:

  • Front sport seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • Leather seats
  • Brushed aluminum trim

Under the Hood
The S5 coupe has a direct-injection 4.2-liter V-8 that’s good for 354 horsepower and 325 pounds-feet of torque. The convertible has a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 333 hp and 325 pounds-feet of torque. Mechanical features include:

  • Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission (V-8)
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission (V-6)
  • Standard all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque split
  • Zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds (coupe) or 5.1 seconds (convertible)

Standard safety features include:

  • Four-wheel antilock disc brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system


Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Upgrades from A5 to S5 never happier

I started with the A5 cabriolet had many issue free miles (aside from recall issues which Audi was fantastic on correcting) . From day one my wife said I should have spent the extra and went for the S5 , so after 7 years and 80k miles I found the car of my dreams.in Dec of 2021 I purchased a 2011 S5 prestige with only 32k. This car is a whole different animal. The supercharged 6 is powerful and responsive and it makes even going to the store into a treat . Take the top down one the music up WOW is all I think of. Buying a low mile highly optioned S5 from Audi was the only way to go. The car is the best of all worlds as long as your not taking a group for a long trip( back seat is good but let’s be honest rear seat passengers weren’t Audis market with this one.


Exceptionally reliable and good looking

I have owned this car since new, 10 years in Feb/2021. I ordered the coupe from the factory with Lava Grey exterior (custom - saw it on an R8 on the sales floor and my 15 year old son convinced me to pay the premium) and Magma red interior with the manual gearbox. I ordered it with B and O stereo, Audi Drive Select, Navigation Package, Adaptive Cruise, 19” Titanium wheels, Carbon Atlas trim and TPMS as options. I bought winter rims and do seasonal changes. My comments: The MMI is easy to use (people complain about it but I don’t get it - it’s intuitive) I have driven the car 138,000 km’s in Canadian winter and summer. Always garaged at night, usually during the day. Usually just the driver in the car and mostly highway driven, so light load. The car was maintained by a local dealer (Southgate, Edmonton) and it has been excellent. I maintained it religiously by the Audi maintenance manual (no more) unless something is broken in which case I fix it immediately. I detail it twice per year. While I had fears about Audi reliability I have replaced a hood sensor outside of regular annual maintenance and nothing else significant. The car has been extremely reliable. I have been tempted to sell this car just because of its age but I can’t bring myself to do it. I love both the interior and exterior quality and look, especially the exterior. It is quick but not blindingly fast. I just think it is a great looking coupe. I really like the V8 and the manual gearbox. It won’t ever be a collectible and while I have bought new 911’s and an R8 RWS, I just love this thing. I guess my kids will sell it some day...most don’t want the manual - maybe someday they’ll see the light.


great looking and great performer car

you can use this car as a weekend car or daily driver this car meets all purposes unless you have kids other than that this car is perfect for anything in snow this is the best

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Audi
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year or 20,000 miles (whichever occurs first)
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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