At the official media driven event for its brand-new A5 and S5 vehicles, Audi repeatedly entitled the vehicles to be design symbols, as if looking to imbue them with an inexpressible status. When Ingolstadt ran out the first A5 at the 2007 Geneva auto show, bones quietly dropped. It was an impalpable car, its sinew was declared, rather than walked. It was an undoubtedly lovely car and satisfactory to drive.
This brand-new S5, though, is more bald, its aggressively canaliculate hood moved down over its abbreviated shield opening. From the side, the genuine car’s satisfactory character formation has been misinformed into an overly defined, curly crease that pulls multiple duty as the hood’s shutline—it seems a more great making accomplishment than an aesthetic one. In back, Audi makes a gigantic deal of its 3D LED taillamps, which look to be unfortunates of a blow to the rump. In abbreviated, it comes across as an examination after a work, unloved of fresh concepts.
Audi’s audacious bays on the design’s function had us looking at the car with more investigation and, at least at first look, perceiving more a wit of its precursor than a brand-new symbol. This design may yet grow on us, but it certainly doesn’t create the slack-jawed reaction the first one did. Inside, similarly, the visuals seem to put for good rather than being toward magnificent. The euphonious door and elegance cut seems cheated from Lexus, while the elegance topper resembles decade-aged BMW surplus. Tech-wise, the S5 features Audi’s ruse TFT-screen device agglomeration, offers a 3d surround-sound system, and gives the inhabitants 4G LTE connectivity. These digital feelings, however, no longer wow. With BMW and Mercedes-Benz’s transformations in the information and entertainment space, the Audi only roundly attempts the Lexus RC, the Infiniti Q60, and the Cadillac ATS in statuses of pixelated decoration that’s readily useful by the motorist.
Yes, the brand-new car has more contemporary features, but the screen no longer leads the pack. From behind the wheel on the street, one would be hard-pressed to express the quality between the S5 and the S4 sedan, the changes to the coupe mirror those to the sedan. Gone is the aged powered V-6, in its function sits a 3.0-liter V-6 now wearing an individual twin-scroll turbocharger in the valley between the solids. Audi bays this motor, which makes 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, features 800 environments that differ from the preceding powerplant. That’s not all the environments, cognition you, but it does wear a brand-new name, EA839, and Audi likes to call it all brand-new.
Despite product increases of 21 horsepower and 44 lb-ft of torque, the motor feels much the same, although we found a small asleep component at the bottom of the energy band before the turbo winders up. The eight-speed automatic transmission fires off distinct, creaseless translations and generally chooses the right wheel, and we supervised to capture it out in areas only once or twice. It’s good, but it’s not as perfectly prophetic as Porsche’s PDK app, nor as acting as the preceding generation’s seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic unit. And, as is the route of the world, the aged car’s six-speed manual has gone the route of the proboscidean, released to the technical needs of the semi-autonomous vehicles of tomorrow.
The performance model’s front feels better planted than that of the A4/A5, the S5 tracks well and is uncomplicated to drive swift, although it’s more autobahn-attuned than it is a back-street actor. Anchorages with firm lines and rise changes don’t exactly touched the S5, but neither do they beckon to it.
It stands out as a turning component in design, it could evaluation the time when the once-infallible styling squad in Ingolstadt flatered. Those who agree with us on the quality of the genuine A5 have a tiny time left, since it continues in minor convenience until this brand-new one comes to America early next year. Even then, four-ring supporters might find themselves good sufficed by the utility and cleanable esthetics of the S4 without giving up even a skosh of the coupe’s non-stative feelings.