2011 Audi S5 Review – A lot more than just a pretty face

Friday April 29th, 2011 at 2:44 PM
Posted by: twain

2011 Audi S5
By Twain Mein

Pros:

  • Timeless styling. This is a beautiful car that will age well
  • Steering and road feel
  • Rear wheel bias gives rear wheel drive feel with all wheel drive safety
  • Ride quality

Cons:

  • Rear seat room is tighter than Houdini’s escape coffin
  • You pay to play at the gas pump
  • Sunroof doesn’t slide back

The Audi S5 is the high performance version of the A5. It features 354hp vs. the A5’s 211, a whopping 67% increase. With this added horsepower, 0-60 times drop from over 6.5 to just under 5 seconds. This performance comes at a price premium, boosting base MSRP from $36.9k to $53.1k while dropping combined mileage (for the manual transmission variants) from 24 to 17mpg.

The model we tested had the upscale “Prestige Package”. The Prestige package adds the Multimedia Interface (MMI), driver seat memory, and parking assist with rearview camera. This car also had several additional options including the “Sprint Blue Pearl Effect” paint ($475), Navigation ($2,550), Sports Rear Differential ($1,100), and the 505-watt, 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system ($850). These options, coupled with the base price of $53,100, Gas Guzzler tax and destination charge, brought the total to $60,250.

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2010 Audi A5 Cabriolet Review – A stunning drop top with the moves to match

Monday December 21st, 2009 at 9:1212 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2010 Audi S4

By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Versatile turbocharged engine
  • Sticks to the road like glue
  • Well-appointed, luxurious interior
  • Soft-top folds down in a mere 15 seconds

Cons:

  • Could use a few more ponies under the hood
  • Rear seats are for kids only
  • A bit pricey, even for a luxury convertible

Introduction

Let’s face it, in the eyes of car enthusiasts convertibles just don’t get much respect. Taking the top off of a sporty coupe is seen as a recipe for appealing to the fairer sex, for whom aesthetic appeal is far more important than tire roasting acceleration or slot car like handling. When Audi announced that it would produce its A5 coupe in a cabriolet for 2010, one could easily interpret this as a blatant move in the hairdresser direction. With the TT roadster aimed more at the sports car segment, the A5 Cabriolet will surely appeal to the well-coiffed crowd.

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