Available as a coupe or convertible, the 2012 Audi S5 offers premium performance and builds on the aesthetic of the popular A5 model. Attractive, sensuous styling is immediately evident and represents the latest in the premium German automaker's design. Powered by two commanding available engines, a 333-hp turbocharged V-6, and a meaty 354-hp V-8, the S5 makes for a compelling package.
The 2012 Audi S5 continues the tradition of striking interiors, with standard sport seats, leather, some aluminum accents, and S-logo badges for added flair. Audi's MMI is not a touchscreen and is not as straightforward or simple as other systems on the market, but once you become familiar with it, it's a competitive system. Though it may seem antiquated in a world of fancy folding metal convertible roofs, the S5’s folding soft top easily matches the competition in noise isolation and is faster to fold or unfold than the rest. With a combination of an alluring design aesthetic, premium and sporty interior, and two engines that are sure to leave a grin on your face, the 2012 Audi S5 offers a satisfying enthusiast drive.
Body styles: Coupe, convertible
Engines: 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6, 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, eight-speed automatic
Models: Premium Plus, Prestige
The 2012 Audi S5 was essentially unchanged from the previous model year. In the 2011 model year the S5 was updated with a new Titanium Sport Package, available on the coupe model. The package added a special S5 black window trim, a titanium-finish to the wheels, a black grille and black interior trim. A light refresh is expected in the near future, that will bring with it a few minor cosmetic changes to the body, and potentially mix things up under the hood.
The 2012 Audi S5 is a striking, rakish coupe both in hard top and convertible forms that out-styles the competition. Unlike the competition, though, the convertible model uses a traditional fabric roof that raises and lowers quicker than contemporary folding-metal roofs. A wide-mouth grille and low air-intakes cue Audi design language. Sporty accents include 19-inch alloy wheels as standard as well as a quad exhaust and LED daytime headlights and taillights
The German automaker has earned a reputation for producing top-notch interiors, and the 2012 Audi S5 exemplifies that in its segment. Audi's Multi-Media Interface (MMI) utilizes a control knob instead of a touch screen, and shares some similarities with the BMW and Mercedes-Benz infotainment systems. An optional MMI is available, with easier to use controls. Leather seats are standard, and the sport seats in the front add to the car's athletic feel. S-logo badges are conspicuous throughout the cabin, including the steering wheel and doorsills.
Performance & Handling
Thanks to its powerful supercharged 333-hp V-6 and 354-hp V-8 engines, the 2012 Audi S5 doesn't fall short on thrills. Gracious acceleration, and excellent grip and cornering thanks to the quattro AWD system characterize the S5's sporty driving dynamics. While the Coupe's V-8 only boasts 21-hp more than the Cabriolet, the larger engine gets up to highway speeds without any effort and never feels labored or worked. That said, both powerplants will offer a satisfying drive.
The 2012 Audi S5 includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control as standard safety features. Front seat side airbags are also standard, and the coupe includes side curtain airbags, convertible models get pop-up roll bars. A blind-spot monitoring system is optional on the Prestige trim.
EPA Fuel Economy
S4 Sedan all-wheel drive: 18 mpg city/27-28 mpg highway
- Great styling
- Strong engines
- High-quality materials in cabin
You Won't Like
- MMI not touch screen
- Finicky steering
A true head-turner.
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