The 2009 Audi S5 is a four-passenger high-performance sports coupe that is based on the Audi A5. Equipped with a 4.2-liter 354 hp V-8 engine and an AWD (all-wheel drive) six-speed manual transmission, it can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. A six-speed shiftable automatic transmission is optional.
The Audi Drive Select package adds variable-ratio steering and adjustable shock absorbers, and allows the driver to select one of 27 settings to control the vehicle’s overall ride.
Additional optional equipment includes Alcantara seat inserts, carbon fiber interior trim, keyless ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, a parking assist system with rearview camera, hard-disk-based navigation system with a seven-inch touchscreen display and voice-activation, blind-sport warning system, and a 505-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system.
Body styles: Coupe
Engines: 4.2-liter 354 hp V-8
Transmissions: AWD six-speed manual, AWD six-speed shiftable automatic
Models: S5 quattro
- New options in 2009 include adaptive cruise control, Audi Drive Select package, adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot warning system; voice-activation is now standard on the navigation system.
The exterior of the 2009 Audi S5 sports Audi’s easily-recognizable grille. New lower air intakes have been included on either side of the grille. LED daytime running lights are now standard, as are the four exhaust tips. The body has been restyled with distinctive curves, and the roof has an attractive slant in the rear (though it may wreak havoc with rear seat headroom) .
Standard equipment includes nineteen-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers, rear defogger, power glass sunroof with tilt, fog lights, high pressure headlight washers, dusk-sensing Xenon HID (High-Intensity Discharge) headlights with self-leveling capability, and power heated mirrors with turn signals.
Superb craftsmanship is displayed in the luxurious interior. Premier leather upholstery (with optional Alcantara accents) covers the supportive sport front seats. The optional navigation system and Audi’s own MMI are indicative of the high-tech gadgets that are available. The rear seat’s headroom and legroom may be a problem for taller adults, but it should be fine for small passengers.
The trunk provides 16.1 cubic feet of space; the rear seats can be folded down if you need additional cargo space.
Interior features include power door locks, power windows, electric speed-proportional power steering, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio control functions, eight-way driver and passenger seats with power lumbar support, heat, and height adjustments, power rear seat easy entry, premier leather upholstery, split-folding rear seat back, rear ventilation ducts, front console with storage, universal remote transmitter, 12V power outlets, interior charcoal air filter, three-zone climate control, alloy interior trim, auto-dimming rearview mirror, memory settings for two drivers, tachometer, trip computer, external temperature display, pre-wired for cell phone use, Audi MMI (Multi Media Interface), and 180-watt AM/FM/6-CD/MP3/Satellite with ten speakers and radio data system.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Audi S5’s 4.2-liter, 354-hp, V-8 engine generates 325 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration is quick and responsive; the manual transmission, AWD, and sports-tuned suspension work together to create a vehicle that has the performance that drivers desire.
Standard safety equipment includes four-wheel ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), emergency braking assist, electronic stability control, front side-mounted airbags, side curtain airbags, mechanical center differential, center limited slip differential, front and rear independent multi-link suspensions, front and rear stabilizer bars electronic brake force distribution, ventilated front disc brakes / solid rear disc brakes, brake drying, remote anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer, daytime running lights, traction control, and pre- and post-collision safety systems.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi S5, manual transmission: 14/21 mpg in city/highway
Audi S5, automatic transmission: 16/22 mpg in city/highway
- Interior quality
- Powerful V-8
- Sleek exterior styling
You Won't Like
- Cramped back seat
- Moonroof doesn’t retract
- Poor fuel economy
The 2009 Audi S5 is beautiful to look at, and has the performance and handling that will impress drivers and passengers alike. With its nineteen-inch alloy wheels, body curves and superb interior design, it is a car that defines the high-performance sports coupe.
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