As the A5 Coupe's more sport-oriented brother, the S5 Coupe is designed to straddle the line between sensuous style and track-tuned performance. Along with a potent engine and a well-calibrated suspension, the S5 also possesses a luxurious interior, a comfortable ride and a high level of overall refinement.
For the latest model year, the S5 received a mid-cycle update that includes new tech features along with more angular headlights, a new "singleframe" grille and a more aggressive front fascia. Taken together, the styling changes add more visual pop to the S5's already eye-catching form.
Power comes from a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft. Buyers have the choice of a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, both of which send power to all four wheels via Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The 0-to-60 mph sprint comes in a claimed 4.9 seconds, and fuel economy is rated at 17/26 for the manual and 18/28 for the automatic.
The S5's engine is mounted further back in the engine bay -- behind the front wheels -- than is normally seen in Audis. The placement is designed to help aid weight distribution and provide a more neutral handling feel.
As with all of Audi's "S" models, the S5 features a full complement of suspension and styling modifications designed to impart a more sporting look and feel. Larger brakes and a tightened and lowered suspension help the Z-rated tires deliver the uprated power to the street. The coddling interior features carbon fiber trim, special seats and a unique steering wheel.
Upgrades for the latest model year include the newest form of Audi'a MMI infotainment interface and Audi Connect, which brings in-car internet connectivity and industry-first Google Earth integration - complete with panoramic views and high-resolution 3D satellite and aerial imagery.
Standard and Optional Features
The S5 Coupe can be had in two trim levels - Premium and Premium Plus.
The Premium models comes standard with Nappa leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 10-speaker AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM stereo system with iPod integration, Bluetooth connectivity, tri-zone automatic climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, xenon headlights and LED taillights.
The Premium Plus trim adds a navigation system with Audi Connect a 12-speaker, 505-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system with HD ratio technology, Audi side assist and a rear parking Camera.
Notable options include ventilated seats, adaptive cruise control and a performance-oriented Sport Differential package with torque vectoring. Also available is Audi Drive Select, which offers a variety of different suspension, steering, transmission and engine calibrations.
All S5 models come standard with dual front, front side, front knee and side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems and a tire-pressure monitoring system.
The S5 is aimed between the competition's base-engined coupes and performance models. As such, its rivals include coupe versions of the BMW 335i, the Mercedes-Benz C350 and the Infiniti G37.