The first-generation Audi S5 remained for a decade, which in car years made it a senior statesman. Thanks to its shapely styling, improved interior, sharp driving dynamics and some evolutionary updates over the years, the S5 stayed competitive amongst high-end sport coupes. There were just so many updates that could be performed before a complete redesign was required and this nose-to-tail rethink has actually struck at specifically the right time.
The 2018 Audi S5 is brand new, but it keeps a great deal of exactly what gave its predecessor such an abnormally long life-span. The smooth exterior style stays, though with a bit more visual gimmickry. The creases in the sheet metal are sharper, and a few more have actually been added to the hood. The face is more angular and extended horizontally to harmonize the remainder of the Audi lineup. We contend that a few of the grace has been changed by aggression, and for a car with a greater focus on efficiency, that’s not such a bad thing.
2018 Audi S5 Interior
Like the remainder of the Audi lineup, the S5’s interior is elegantly easy. Leather and suede are used freely throughout the cabin, and other surface areas are sturdy and well-grained for a premium look. Available contrasting sewing and carbon-fiber accents hint at the coupe’s sporting intent without being blatant. Technology is likewise tastefully brought into the mix with a virtual cockpit console and infotainment screen installed on a tabletlike panel atop the dash.
Only often-used buttons exist, and their logical positioning won’t sidetrack the chauffeur. Some switches serve numerous purposes, even more improving the uncluttered look while likewise making them simpler to utilize. For instance, nudging the volume knob left or right will avoid the audio track while making use of two raised toggle switches for navigation, phone, radio and media enable operation without ever needing to take your eyes off the roadway. The addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also help to keep the driver concentrated on the job at hand. Secondary functions are managed through Audi’s MMI user interface, which is among the simpler units to operate.
The offered virtual cockpit console might look like a novelty in the beginning, however the clear manner where it provides info more than justifies its existence. The screen can be configured in several modes focused on performance, navigation and journey details using a couple of knobs and buttons on the steering wheel. The screen is simple to read at a glance and isn’t prone to glare from off-angle sunshine, either. A head-up display projects appropriate details onto the windshield for distraction-free driving.
2018 Audi S5 Engine
The 2018 Audi S5 slots in between the new 252-horsepower A5 that is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and the 450-hp RS5 and its twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6. With 354 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque originating from a single turbo 3.0-liter V6, this latest S5 gains 6 percent more horsepower and 13 percent more torque over the previous model. An eight-speed automated is the only transmission used, and all-wheel drive is also compulsory.
2018 Audi S5 Price
Prices start around $55,000 for the base Premium Plus trim with features such as 18-inch wheels with summer tires, a sunroof, adjustable drive modes, diamond-stitched leather and suede upholstery, heated front sport seats with power-adjustable side bolsters and massage functions. On the technology side, the S5 Premium Plus gets Audi’s MMI infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, low-speed frontal collision warning and mitigation, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
The Prestige trim will set you back another $4,400 and includes a head-up display screen, a surround-view cam system, a navigation system, an 8.3-inch display, a premium Bang & Olufsen audio system, and the Audi Connect system with Wi-Fi hotspot, vehicle monitoring and some remote feature control through an app. Other alternatives include the S Sport bundle (adaptive suspension and sport rear differential) and the Driver Assistance package (adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams and a traffic sign reader). Our test vehicle consisted of all of these and more, pushing the rate to nearly $70,000.