The first-generation Audi S5 remained for a decade, which in car years made it an elder statesman. Thanks to its shapely styling, fine-tuned interior, sharp owning characteristics and some evolutionary updates for many years, the S5 stayed competitive among high-end sport coupes. There were just a lot of updates that might be carried out before a full redesign was required and this nose-to-tail rethink has actually struck at precisely the correct time.
The 2018 Audi S5 is all-new, but it maintains a great deal of exactly what provided its predecessor such an unusually long life expectancy. The streamlined exterior design remains, though with a bit more visual gimmickry. The creases in the sheet metal are sharper, and a couple of more have been added to the hood. The face is more angular and stretched horizontally to fit in with the remainder of the Audi lineup. We contend that some of the grace has actually been changed by aggressiveness, and for a car with a greater emphasis on performance, that’s not such a bad thing.
2018 Audi S5 Interior
Like the rest of the Audi lineup, the S5’s interior is elegantly simple. Leather and suede are utilized liberally throughout the cabin, and other surface areas are sturdy and well-grained for a premium feel and look. Readily available contrasting sewing and carbon-fiber accents hint at the coupe’s sporting intent without being blatant. Technology is also tastefully brought into the blend with a virtual instrument panel and infotainment screen mounted on a tabletlike panel atop the dash.
Just often-used buttons exist, and their logical placement will not distract the chauffeur. Some switches serve multiple purposes, even more boosting the uncluttered appearance while likewise making them easier to use. For instance, nudging the volume knob left or right will avoid the audio track while using two raised toggle switches for navigation, phone, radio and media enable operation without ever needing to take your eyes off the road. The inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto likewise help to keep the chauffeur concentrated on the task at hand. Secondary functions are managed through Audi’s MMI interface, which is one of the easier units to operate.
The readily available virtual instrument panel may appear like a novelty in the beginning, however the clear way in which it delivers details more than validates its presence. The screen can be set up in several modes concentrated on performance, navigation and journey information using a couple of knobs and buttons on the guiding wheel. The display screen is easy to check out at a glance and isn’t really vulnerable to glare from off-angle sunlight, either. A head-up display screen projects appropriate details onto the windscreen for distraction-free driving.
2018 Audi S5 Engine
The 2018 Audi S5 slots between the brand-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 newest S5 gains 6 percent more horsepower and 13 percent more torque over the previous model. An eight-speed automated is the only transmission provided, and all-wheel drive is also necessary.
2018 Audi S5 Price
Costs 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 boosts 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 tracking 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 screen, a premium Bang & Olufsen audio system, and the Audi Connect system with Wi-Fi hotspot, vehicle tracking and some remote feature control through an app. Other choices include the S Sport bundle (adaptive suspension and sport rear differential) and the Driver Assistance plan (adaptive cruise control, lane keeping help, automatic high beams and a traffic indication reader). Our test vehicle consisted of all of these and more, pushing the rate to practically $70,000.