2011 Audi S5

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2012 Audi RS 5 Rolling Three Quarter
While we’ve known the Audi RS 5, the hotter variant of the A5 coupe, would arrive in the U.S. by 2012, Bloomberg reports that the car is part of a new high-performance model strategy for the brand. With ambitions of raking in more money with its cars, Audi is launching the RS line in the U.S. to fight BMW’s M models for high-profit performance car sales, with the RS 5 specifically taking aim at the M3.
S5 Cabrio Exterior
Like much of the country, we’ve had an epic winter here in the New York area, so the desire to speed its departure is understandable. A recent break from the cold temperatures—and the arrival of an Audi S5 Cabriolet—provided the taste of spring we’ve been craving.
2011 Audi S5 Cabriolet 3 0t Front Three Quarters Ground Shot
We're now well into the season in Michigan where no one fights for the keys to a convertible. This S5 Cabriolet, however, is a soft-top I wouldn't mind driving through the chilly months. Beyond the obvious advantage of all-wheel drive, the Audi has one of the quietest top-up rides I've ever experienced. Climb in, flip on the seat heaters (not so easy to do with Audi's frustratingly complex HVAC controls) and you'll soon forget the roof isn't made of steel.
2011 Audi S5 Cabriolet 3 0t Front Three Quarters Ground Shot
The Audi S5 convertible offers open-top style that's hard to match (although I like the looks of the slinky A5/S5 coupe even better), and the car's performance is very good but not great. For instance, body flex is apparent, although not bad for a four-passenger droptop; and the steering is very good at highway speed but feels distant at slower speeds. I found the S5 to be much more family friendly than the Mercedes-Benz E350 cabrio. Unlike in the Benz, the power top's operation has lots of clearance over our Britax car seat secured in back.
- Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor
2011 Audi S5 Cabriolet 3 0t Wheel
Lots of items here remind me of the S5's much higher priced R8 sibling. Nice power, warm and quiet ride even with the soft top. LOVE the seats! Overall, though, I think this car looks much better as a hardtop coupe than as a topless sun seeker.
- Kelly Murphy, Creative Director
2011 Audi S5 Cabriolet 3 0t Interior View
Even though the S5 is the sportier version of the A5, it's still more of a luxury car than a sports car, and in convertible form, it's even more of cruiser. The inherent body flex that comes with removing the roof is apparent, although it doesn't detract from this car's overall feeling of quality and attention to detail. The cabin is comfortable and modern, and it's always a pleasure to use Audi's MMI system, which is still more intuitive than BMW's iDrive and looks better than Mercedes-Benz's COMAND system. I do wish, though, that Audi would also put a volume control on the dash in addition to the one located near the main MMI controller. It may seem redundant -- especially with the steering wheel mounted volume controls -- but I still find myself searching for a knob on the dash to turn down the stereo volume.
- Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor
2011 Audi S5 Cabriolet 3 0t Front Three Quarters Ground Shot
It's always a little disappointing to sample a convertible during the colder months in Michigan, but Audi's S5 is one of the few drop-tops I could seriously consider using in both sun and snow. Competitors boast of insulation and seat heaters, but few (if any) offer an all-wheel-drive system as formidable as Quattro. Seat heaters also help keep things toasty, but if you're planning on occasionally dropping the top during low temperatures, spring for the comfort package. Sure, it does away with these sexy two-tone sport seats, but you do gain embedded neck-level heat vents, a la the Mercedes-Benz Airscarf system.
- Evan McCausland, Associate Web Editor
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Quattro-lovers, rejoice: it seems Audi's awesome RS5 may be headed stateside after all.

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2011 Audi S5 Specifications

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4.2L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
14 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
22 MPG
354 hp @ 7000rpm
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)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
Recall Date
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Audi S4, S5, Q7, 2012 Audi A6, Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, and 2012-2013 Audi A7 vehicles. In the affected vehicles the fuel injection system may experience a fuel leak.
A fuel leak in the injection system in the presence of an ignition source, increases the risk of a fire.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel rails and corresponding seals, free of charge. The recall began on March 17, 2015. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-822-2834 or Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 24AP for Audi customers and 24BK for Volkswagen customers.
Potential Units Affected
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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IIHS Roof Strength
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
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IIHS Rear Crash

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