The last time we had an S5 in the office, I loved the way it looked but was disappointed in the way it drove. It had the old-school Audi brittle ride, and the handling wasn't anything special. Additionally, the V-8 was thirsty but didn't result in mega-performance. Now that I've spent a bit more time with the S5, I can say that I like the car more than before but it still comes off as more of a cruiser than a sports car. The engine sounds pretty good and the car offers fabulous traction in the ever-changing weather conditions of February in Michigan. Still, the engine never really comes alive, and I don't like the overly quick variable-ratio steering. The S5 looks fantastic, but I keep wondering if the A5 is a cheaper and better car, as it doesn't try to be anything more than a cruiser. I'm sure the S5 will be a more desirable car once it gets the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 from the new S4 as well as the new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which should offer the same performance but better fuel economy.
Marc Noordeloos, Road Test Editor