With classic "look at me" coupe proportions and an aggressive face, the S5 continues Audi's departure from the brand's outgoing design language, which was elegant yet decidedly understated. The S5 features sleek headlights, a bold rendition of Audi's trademarked singleframe radiator grille and an aggressive front bumper.
Inside, the S5 upholds Audi's reputation for high-quality cabins with a sleek dashboard, plenty of soft-touch materials and user-friendly controls. Available features include Audi's MMI infotainment system 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.
The S5 Cabriolet builds on the A5 with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine rated at 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It spins all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system.
The sprint from zero to 60 mph takes 4.8 seconds, and the S5 goes on to a top speed of 155 mph. Fuel mileage checks in at 20 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg in a combined cycle.
Standard and Optional Features
The S5 Coupe can be had in two trim levels - Premium and Premium Plus.
The Premium models comes standard with a seven-inch touch screen, voice recognition, HD Radio, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, a HomeLink transceiver, keyless start and entry, parking sensors on both ends, rain-sensing wipers, Audi's pre-sense city and basic technologies, heated front seats, a combination of leather and Alcantara upholstery, three-zone A/C, split-folding rear seats, brushed aluminum inlays, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Premium Plus trim adds navigation, handwriting-recognition technology, a top view camera, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, Audi's virtual cockpit, and a head-up display.
Notable options include 19-inch alloy wheels, dynamic steering, a heated steering wheel, and carbon fiber inlays.
All S5 models come standard with dual front, front side and front knee 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 the convertible variants of the BMW 440i and the Mercedes-AMG C43.