Vehicle Overview

The performance-oriented four-seat S5 and its layman twin, the A5, are aimed straight at 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.  The S5 Cabriolet (convertible) has a 333-hp, supercharged V-6.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for the 2012 model year.

Exterior
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
  • Sport suspension
  • Quad exhaust

Interior
The S5's dashboard has a broad dome that overlaps the gauges and central information screen, which incorporates the optional navigation system. Interior features include:

  • Front sport seats
  • Silk Nappa leather upholstery
  • Automatic climate control
  • Available Audi MMI navigation system
  • Available Bang & Olufsen premium stereo

Under the Hood
The S5 coupe has a direct-injection 4.2-liter V-8 that's good for 354 hp 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)
  • Available Audi drive select and sports rear differential

Safety
Standard safety features include:

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