2010 Audi S5

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The four-seat premium convertible segment has become stagnant, but that's about to change. BMW fired a new 3-series convertible at its competition for the 2008 model year, and two years later, shots are finally ringing back. The 2010 Audi S5 cabriolet - along with its less sporty A5 brother - will be among the first to join the fight, closely followed by the Infiniti G37, Lexus IS, and Mercedes-Benz E-class droptops.
The sexy S5 cabriolet replaces the S4 cabrio, and since it's based on the gorgeous S5 coupe, it's longer, lower, and wider than the old car. Although the Infiniti and the Lexus join BMW in using folding hard tops, Audi remains faithful to fabric for several reasons. (Mercedes-Benz will, too, for its upcoming E-class convertible, which replaces the CLK.) Styling is the most obvious - cloth tops don't suffer from the bubbly proportions that usually afflict folding hard tops. Using fabric also allows Audi's designers to play with two-tone color combinations and different textures to give the vehicle more visual interest. Of course, there are practical concerns, too: a fabric top usually weighs less and takes up less trunk space when folded. It also helps to endow the S5 with a large cargo pass-through behind its split-folding rear seats and can be lowered in only fifteen seconds - while moving.
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Other than the risk of a thief slicing open the roof, drawbacks are few. In fact, Audi boasts that its so-called acoustic roof, standard on the S5, provides interior sound levels comparable to those in a closed car, and it even features overhead LED map lights for the rear seats - which, by the way, offer reasonable legroom and, despite bolt-upright backrests, are comfortable enough for a pair of six-footers on short journeys.
The A5 Quattro droptop, set to launch two months after the S5, will use a conventional six-speed automatic transmission with a choice of either a torquey 2.0-liter turbo four or a sonorous 3.2-liter V-6. A front-wheel-drive version will also be available with the 2.0T and a continuously variable transmission.
The S5 uses Audi's new 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, which will be phased in as a replacement for the normally aspirated 4.2-liter V-8 that's in the S5 coupe. Producing 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque - but no supercharger whine - it pulls the S5 to 60 mph in about five and a half seconds. The menacing V-8 sound track is replaced with a Hoover whoosh - the price we pay for downsizing - but the forced-induction V-6 provides significantly better fuel economy with comparable output.
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A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is the S5's only transmission. Unfortunately, it's slow to get the 4000-pound cabrio moving off the line and painfully lethargic in its reactions to the steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. Steering feel is surprisingly good, and unlike some other Audis, the S5 has an easily modulated, not-too-sensitive brake pedal. Despite using Audi's new powertrain layout, the nose-heavy S5's engine is still mounted completely in front of the axle centerline, resulting in a strong tendency toward understeer at the limit. Rear-biased Quattro all-wheel drive and an optional torque-vectoring rear differential (also seen in the S4) do a marvelous job of counteracting this bad habit, but they're effective only under (heavy) throttle.
In spite of some serious performance chops, the S5 looks and feels best cruising at a more sedate pace. The lack of acoustic engine drama is easily made up for by the incredible 505-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system, and optional head-level heaters mounted in the seats ensure that you can enjoy top-down motoring even when the mercury plummets. As a comfortable, fast, and luxurious - not to mention gorgeous - cruiser, the S5 is a very powerful shot fired back at the BMW 335i. We look forward to seeing how well the forthcoming onslaught of competitors fares. Game on!
ON SALE: October
PRICE: $56,000 (est.)
ENGINE: 3.0L supercharged V-6, 333 hp, 325 lb-ft
DRIVE: 4-wheel
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By our count, there are only eight days until Audi unwraps its RS5 sport coupe at the Geneva motor show, but that’s not stopping the automaker from spilling the beans on its latest model.
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We've had two different Audi S5 models in the office this month: this V-8 coupe and also an S5 Cabriolet with Audi's fabulous new supercharged V-6 engine. Whereas the supercharged V-6 makes 333 hp, the V-8 surpasses it with 354; torque figures are identical: 325 lb-ft, but the V-6 delivers it starting lower down in the rev range.
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The roar of a premium V-8 engine is simply mandatory in a sports car. After driving the Audi S5 coupe with the "old" 4.2L V-8 back-to-back with an Audi S5 cabriolet with the "new" supercharged 3.0L V-6, I must say I enjoyed the coupe's driving experience more. There's no doubt the V6T makes more sense in today's economy, what with almost equal horsepower (333 vs. 354), better gas mileage (20 mpg vs. 17 city/highway combined), and the V6T doesn't burden you with a gas guzzler tax ($1300). But once you climb behind the wheel of the coupe, fire up that V-8, none of that stuff matters. Instead, you find yourself looking for any excuse to press your right foot to the floor just to hear the engine come to life.
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The S5 cabriolet's supercharged V-6 may be more politically correct and an equally good performer, but Audi's 4.2-liter V-8 just speaks to me. It's such a smooth, gorgeous-sounding powerplant, and it revs so quickly that its somewhat peaky characteristics are never an issue. The super-precise six-speed manual makes it even easier and more enjoyable to keep the V-8 on the boil, though it was a bit difficult to put in first gear before it warmed up. Oddly enough, our dearly missed Four Seasons R8 4.2 had the same issue with its gearbox.
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Right before the holidays, I spent a week in our Four Seasons Audi Q5; the S5 feels identical as far as the controls are concerned. Everything from the steering wheel to the MMI controller feels spectacular and consistent, which says a lot about Audi's attention to detail. Many other automakers have some inconsistencies between vehicles that are annoying.
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It's interesting that Audi still uses the V-8 engine in the S5 hardtop but the new, supercharged V-6 in the S5 cabriolet. It's probably just a matter of rollout, and I would expect the coupe will make the switch next year.
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I've said it before, but I still think that the S5 might be the perfect evolution of the classic American pony car: It's got a lovely sounding V-8, a slick yet involving six-speed manual transmission, very comfortable seats, a beautiful cabin, lovely exterior lines, lots of available features, good outward visibility, and space for a cross-continental sprint. Granted, fifty-plus grand is a lot to pay for a superior Camaro, but the S5 is a sweet ride in any case.
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2010 Audi S5 Coupe
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The 2010 Audi S5 Cabriolet is by far the quietest softtop convertible I have ever driven. There was no howling wind noise or cold air coming through the tight seams; the S5 Cabriolet really drove like a fixed-roof vehicle. Surprisingly, the driver's rearward visibility isn't hindered by the top; the car has slightly larger blind spots at the C-pillars, but the lack of a B-pillar more than makes up for it. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to lower the top while driving due to the sub-freezing temperatures outside, but unlike other convertibles on the market, the Audi S5 Cabriolet is still a stylish ride regardless of where the top is positioned, especially in this color scheme, with brilliant red paint and a black top.
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I've been hearing a lot from a certain Audi competitor about a "convertible for four seasons." I hate to break it to them, but it will be difficult -- if not impossible -- to wrest such a title away from Audi's S5.
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As I drove the Audi S5 Cabriolet into work this morning over a fine dusting of snow, I couldn't help but have the same thought as Evan. Mercedes-Benz claims its new E-class Cabriolet is the convertible for four seasons, but how can you argue with Audi's all-wheel drive? The E-class, however, does offer Airscarf, which blows warm air onto the necks of front-seat passengers. That's a feature I would have appreciated when I dropped the roof in 32-degree weather for my 20-minute commute down the highway. While the seat heaters and full-blast heat could hardly keep up with the Michigan weather, a thick winter jacket kept things tolerable.
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I had forgotten that Audi was phasing out the V-8 in the S5 in favor of its new supercharged V-6; when I first got in the car, I was like, where's the V-8 burble? And what's with this quick-shifting, dual-clutch automatic transmission? And then I launched the S5 onto a freeway entrance ramp and remembered, ah, yes, the S5 now gets the same smooth and torquey supercharged V-6 as the new S4 sport sedan. Very nice, and I can live without the V-8.
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2010 Audi S5 S-Tronic Cabriolet
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Audi has already unwrapped its shapely A5 Sportback, but the automaker is saving the more powerful version -- the S5 Sportback -- for the 2009 Frankfurt motor show.

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2010 Audi S5 Specifications

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Engine
4.2L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
14 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
22 MPG
Horsepower:
354 hp @ 7000rpm
Torque:
325 ft lb of torque @ 3500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
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50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
50,000 miles / 48 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 48 months
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