Audi S5

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Audi S5 (B8/8T)
2009 Audi S5 (8F7 MY10) convertible (2010-07-10) 01.jpg
Audi S5 convertible (Australia)
Manufacturer Audi logo detail.svg Audi AG
Production 2007–present
Assembly Ingolstadt, Germany Neckarsulm, Germany
Designer Walter de Silva
Body and chassis
Class Compact executive car
Grand tourer
Body style 2-door coupé
2-door convertible
5-door fastback
Layout longitudinal front engine,
quattro permanent four-wheel drive
Platform MLB/MLP
Engine 3.0 L V6 TFSI
4.2 L V8 FSI (Coupé 2007-2012)
Transmission 6-speed manual,
6-speed Tiptronic automatic
7-speed S tronic semi-automatic
Wheelbase Coupé & Cabriolet: 2,751 mm (108.3 in)
Sportback: 2,811 mm (110.7 in)
Length Coupé & Cabriolet: 4,640 mm (182.7 in)
Sportback: 4,718 mm (185.7 in)
Width 1,854 mm (73.0 in)
Height Coupé: 1,369 mm (53.9 in)
Cabriolet: 1,380 mm (54.3 in)
Sportback: 1,382 mm (54.4 in)
Kerb weight Coupé: 1,750 kg (3,858 lb)
Cabriolet: 1,955 kg (4,310 lb)
Sportback: 1,820 kg (4,012 lb)

The Audi S5 is the high-performance variant of Audi's A5. It is also the coupé, cabriolet, and five-door fastback versions of the fourth generation (B8) Audi S4 saloon and estate models.

Like all Audi "S" cars, they are only available as standard with Audi's quattro four-wheel drive (4WD) system, here in S5 using a Torsen-based centre diff system.[1]

Most versions of the S5 are manufactured at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany; they are available as a coupé, cabriolet, and five-door fastback (the latter not available in North America). The cabriolets are built at Audi's factory in Neckarsulm, Germany.

S5 (2007-2013)[edit]

Audi S5 Sportback 3.0 TFSI (Australia)
Audi S5 convertible (Australia)
Audi S5 coupe (France)

The Audi S5 was released in coupé form to the public at the same time as the A5. The Audi S5 Sportback was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, and went on sale in the spring of 2010 with a MSRP of €57,900.[2][3]

The Audi S5, in comparison to the A5, features a more aggressive fascia (typical design for Audi S and RS models), including a string of LED daytime running lights around the bi-Xenon headlamps and a vertically striped chrome grille. In many markets, the S5 includes as standard, 19" alloy wheels with a five-parallel spoke design, bigger brakes, heated leather sport bucket seats, and other convenience features, some of which are available only as an option on the A5. Changes for 2010 model year include LED tail lamps, the introduction of Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels and new optional equipment such as Leather/Alcantara seats.

Despite sharing the same nameplate, the powertrains were different between the coupé and the Cabriolet/Sportback for the 2010-12 model years. The 2010-12 Audi S5 coupé had a 4.2 litre Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) V8 engine[4] that produces 260 kW (349 hp), while the S5 Cabriolet and Sportback have a supercharged 3.0 litre TFSI V6 engine producing 245 kW (329 hp) which is shared with the 2010 Audi S4 3.0 TFSI quattro sedan and avant. The coupé had a choice of either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed Tiptronic, while the Cabriolet/Sportback have the 7-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission.[5] Despite minor differences in peak power output, both the V8 and the supercharged V6 provide very much similar performance. While the V8 benefits from the smooth power delivery the V6 is more frugal. The only Audi S5 with the V8 engine is the pre-facelift Coupe version.

S5 Facelift (2013- )[edit]

The facelift model Audi S5 Coupe 3.0 TFSI (Europe)

The (B8.5/8.5T) Audi S5 Coupé uses the 3.0L Supercharged V6 TFSI engine producing 245 kW, previously used in the S5 Cabriolet and S4 Sedan/Avant since the 2010 model year. The other major change under the bonnet is the introduction of stop-start technology for better fuel efficiency. Audi claims an average fuel economy of 8.9 litres/100 km (compared to the current 12.6 litres/100 km in the V8 coupe and 10.7 litres/100 km in the Cabriolet).

As part of the mid-generational refresh, the S5 undergoes some major front-end changes including a complete redesign of the headlights - this means new LED DRL's, a brand new grill loosely based on the 2012 Audi A6 grill, new fog lamps. Audi has also introduced a new rear diffuser that appears to be more cosmetic than the one found on previous models.[6]

Inside, the S5 receives some new features. Dials in the center console get the chrome treatment along with the edges of the buttons for the windows and the 4 Audi MMI control buttons. Audi has brought the shift knob from the RS5 to the S5. There is a shift from having four buttons down each side of the console, to just two with the addition of a Menu and Car buttons below the MMI control dial (Audi has removed the skip forward / backward buttons that previously occupied the space on either side of the back button). Lastly, a flat bottom steering wheel style will have a new circular airbag cover as well as piano black trim.


Model Years Type/code Power, torque@rpm
Petrol engines
S5 4.2 FSI Coupé 2007–2012 4,163 cc (254.0 cu in) V8 (CAUA) 260 kW (354 PS; 349 hp)@7000, 440 N·m (325 lbf·ft)@3500
S5 3.0 TFSI Cabriolet, Sportback 2009— 2,995 cc (182.8 cu in) V6 supercharged (CAKA, CCBA) 245 kW (333 PS; 329 hp)@5500-7000, 440 N·m (325 lbf·ft)@2900-5300
S5 3.0 TFSI Coupé 2012— 2,995 cc (182.8 cu in) V6 supercharged (CAKA, CCBA) 245 kW (333 PS; 329 hp)@5500-7000, 440 N·m (325 lbf·ft)@2900-5300

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ETKA official factory data[clarification needed]
  2. ^ Ramsey, Jonathon (2009-09-15). "Frankfurt 2009: Audi A5 Sportback earns believers". Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  3. ^ Knapman, Chris (2010-09-15). "Audi S5 Sportback review". Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  4. ^ "2008 Audi A5 and S5 Specs". JB car pages. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  5. ^ Gluckman, David (September 2011). "2013 Audi S5 3.0T Coupe". Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  6. ^ Floraday, Phil (2011-09-27). "First Drive: 2013 Audi S5". Automobile Magazine. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 

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