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.
Both powertrains are appealing, but power purists may prefer the coupe's V-8, which is offered with either a traditional automatic or, as on our test car, with a six-speed manual. This makes for an extremely attractive and exciting luxury coupe for the relatively low price of about $58K. This is not small money, but it is a bargain when compared with cars like the BMW 6-series and the Mercedes-Benz CL, models that arguably have no more prestige than the S5.
Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor