2008 Audi A5 and S5

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An S Line version of the A5 will also be available, with unique front and rear bumpers, sports seats, black headliner, and special dash inlays. It also includes a sport steering wheel, eighteen-inch wheels (in place of the standard seventeens), and a sports suspension.

If that's not enough sport, customers can opt for the S5, which is being launched simultaneously. It includes a 354-hp, direct-injection version of the 4.2-liter V-8 found in the S4 sedan, and knocks a full second off the zero-to-62 mph run.

The S5 has an even more aggressive sports suspension, bigger brakes, and unique exterior treatments that include aluminum-look mirrors, dual exhausts with four oval tailpipes, a rear deck spoiler, and different front and rear fascias. It rides on eighteen-inch wheels with 245/40-18 S-Design wheels, and includes the Xenon Plus headlight package (with those sexy LED daytime running lights). Inside, it has a sport wheel and sport seats, a grey instrument cluster, aluminum door sills, and special dash inlays.

Audi is taking orders for the A5 and S5 now, and the first cars should make their way to customers by June 2007. With the changes to the engine layout, we expect both to drive as wonderfully as they look - but we're concerned that Audi might put off customers looking for an automatic transmission, which seems the logical choice for the A5. Come on, Audi, get that S tronic twin-clutch unit done, quick!

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