Audi S5 Origins
The Audi S5 was introduced in 2007 for model year 2008 and joined the same year the Audi A5 entered the market. Production is still going on these models, and the S5 remains a sought-after car for those with discerning automotive taste and a considerable automotive budget. In 2007, the Audi S5 was introduced as a coupe, and in 2009 Audi unveiled the S5 sportback at the Frankfurt Motor Show. At present, the Audi S5 also exists in the form of a two-door cabriolet convertible as well as a RennSport (Racing Sport) RS5.About the Audi S5
Owners know the Audi S5 for its superior performance and underrated comfort and touring ability and are well aware of the price tag. The popular and highly desired Audi S5 models ranges from $30,000 for quality pre-owned models to a MSRP of $53,000 for the 2012 Audi S5 coupe, and just over $59,000 for the cabriolet convertible.
Beyond the cost of owning and operating this award-winning German automotive, the Audi S5 is appreciated for its incredibly powerful V-8 and the available supercharged V-6 in the convertible. The superior Audi quattro handling and maneuverability with both the S5 coupe and convertible easily handle the more than 330 ponies on tap through a tight throttle response. In many ways, the S5 is very similar to its relative, the Audi S4, but with the obvious differences of a sportier look and fewer doors.Modern Audi S5s
When it comes to these two offerings within the Audi S5 family, the many differences in body style and engine technology don't detract from the overall performance similarities.
As previously mentioned, the S5 coupe possesses a 4.2-liter V-8. Even at 354 horsepower, this coupe is capable of offering 16/24 mpg city/highway. The quattro-equipped coupe comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission, 19/8.5-inch rims, and 255/35R low profile, high-performance tires. When considering aesthetic options, the 2012 Audi S5 comes in eight colors—bold and understated—and offers five different premium-leather interior options.
The Audi S5 interior is capable of transporting four passengers, and the trunk space is ample for a car of its classification. Drivers will have no problems packing and hauling gear or luggage if touring in the S5 Coupe. The S5 also has options like the Audi-developed MMI (MultiMedia Interface), which is capable of digital music storage and navigation through a hard drive storage system.
The Audi S5 cabriolet convertible boasts a 3.0-liter V-6 engine, capable of producing 333 horsepower, while remaining comparable to the coupe in terms of fuel consumption: 17/26 mpg city/highway. Sitting on the same wheels and tires as the coupe, the S5 cabriolet also boasts eight available exterior colors, four interior-leather options -- two with trim, and three available softtops: black, brown and red.
The Audi S5 quattro cabriolet convertible is also capable of comfortably seating four, while offering trunk space that is impressive for a car that is designed to remain tight while winding along mountain roads or making bold statements along any coastal highway.
Both the S5 coupe and convertible possess impressive safety features, beginning with traction control and stability control. Within the cabin, front and side airbags surround driver and passenger, with side-curtain airbags in the coupe and side-chamber airbags in the convertible option.Audi S5 Evolution
The Audi S5 coupe has enjoyed production and gained prestige for over five years. With the addition of the cabriolet convertible, the present lineup has enjoyed subsequent growth in popularity with some models found in some of the most popular video games like Forza Motorsports.
Past models include the earlier versions of the coupe. After pushing through the 2010 production year, Audi AG ceased production on the S5 sportback, while the sportback A5 remained available. With the development of Porsche's Panamera, the Audi S5 sportback would have competed with another premium brand and similar body style, regardless of having a more lucrative price.