2008 Audi S5

  • 2008 Audi S5 4.2 Coupe

    4.2 Coupe

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2008 Audi S5 Review

The debut model makes a good impression on Audi enthusiasts with its attractive body style, high horsepower, and reliability.

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The 2008 S5 marks Audi’s first real effort to enter the luxury coupe market. The price is not outrageous and the style is sleek, attractive, and sporty. With more horsepower than Audi’s S4 model, drivers can enjoy the power while showing off the flashy body style. The interior only comes in one level of trim, which includes just the right mixture of aluminum and leather to balance the interior colors. The S5 includes a lot of good safety features that give the model have an impressive level of balance and help the driver easily handle both the highway and in-town roads.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, six-speed automatic
Models: Audi S5 Quattro Coupe

What's New

The Audi S5 Coupe starts as a new model for 2008 and marks the brand’s debut in the luxury coupe market. The 4.2-liter V-8 delivers a little more horsepower than other Audi Coupe models from the same timeframe, making it Audi’s first high-performance coupe. The Audi S5 offers a little more room in the back seat than other Audi models from the same year, but still makes a tight space for taller and bigger passengers.


Audi includes a steel spare wheel and an inside-mounted temporary spare tire for emergency situations, along with the alloy wheels. The variable intermittent wipers sense rain for extra convenience. The rear window has a defogger for a clear view in environments with cold and humid weather. The power glass tilting sunroof offers remote operation. The body style gains inspiration from the Audi R8.


Both the driver’s seat and front-passenger’s seat have eight-way power adjustment capability. Both front seats also include multi-level heating and power-adjustable lumbar support to maximize comfort for the driver and front passenger. The two height-adjustable front sport seats use premium leather, which provides extra comfort and durability. The rear seats fold separately for variety in the cargo capacity, and they have a folding center armrest with storage. The doors can lock remotely, and the model features one-touch power windows. The power mirrors have heat, so the driver can make use of them in all driving conditions. The power steering is speed-proportionate and electronically powered. The front has a 12-volt power outlet available for electronic devices. The tilt and telescopic steering wheel also features built-in audio controls. The interior includes plenty of very attractive alloy and leather trim. The S5 memorizes the settings for two different drivers for driver convenience. The audio system includes a total of 10 speakers with a six-disc player and an MP3 player. The S5 also comes wired for an in-car telephone.

Performance & Handling

The Audi S5’s 4.2-liter, 354-horsepower V-8 gets direct-injection. In tests, the S5 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and finishes the quarter-mile in 13.3 seconds. With less weight over the front end than the A4, the S5 model’s steering feels more responsive and much crisper. The driver can feel confident when navigating a highway with a lot of turns because of the precise action of the steering wheel. The manual transmission’s shifter has a light and firm engagement.


The Audi S5 is equipped with many safety features, including a four-wheel anti-lock brake system with brake drying, front and rear seat head airbags, front dual side-mounted airbags, front ventilated discs brakes, dusk-sensing xenon HID headlamps, stability control, traction control, self-leveling headlamps, electronic brake force distribution, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

EPA Fuel Economy

Audi S5 Coupe manual: 14/21 mpg city/highway
Audi S5 Coupe automatic: 16/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Slightly better fuel economy than the Audi S4
  • 16 cubic feet of trunk space
  • Plenty of horsepower
  • Good acceleration
  • Reliability
  • All-wheel drive

You Won't Like

  • Small back seat
  • Touchy brakes
  • Long shift in the manual transmission
  • Small temporary spare tire

Sum Up

The debut model makes a good impression on Audi enthusiasts with its attractive body style, high horsepower, and reliability.

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