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.
I thought that the V-8 was already gone from the S5, but I was pleasantly surprised to find eight refined yet rowdy, high-revving cylinders under the hood of this gorgeous white-on-brown S5. The supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that's in the S4 sedan and the S5 convertible offers better fuel economy and just as much performance. Still, I think that the V-8 fits just as well, if not better, with this car's character.
I concur with Mr. Lorio that the nineteen-inch wheels can cause sunroof-rattling ride harshness. However, that ceiling-filling glass panel did allow for the light of a full moon to pleasantly shine into the cabin on the clear winter night on which I drove the S5.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor