From its original introduction to the world in the early 2000s, this high-performance vehicle has been continuously evolving into different, awe-inspiring iterations. Audi has been killing the game for the past decade, and the S5 has a lot to do with the company’s success.
A Brief History of the S-Variant and the Audi S5
The Audi S5 can be traced back to the earlier A5 variant, which was released the same year. The difference is that the S5 is a high-performance version that was made to complement the A variant, much like other S versions do.
The Power and Technology of the Audi S5
The 2019 Audi S5 is available in coupe and convertible styles, each equipped with Audi’s turbocharged 3.0L V-6 engine, an engine that outputs around 349 horsepower. It utilizes eight-speed automatic transmission instead of the prior manual transmission.
In terms of top features, the car comes with different trims that provide drivers with a 7.0-8.3” infotainment system, a digital gauge/head-up display, leather seating, and heated seats with massage functionality.
A Timeline of the Evolution of the Audi S5
- First Generation Audi S5 (2007-2012)
The first iteration of the Audi S5 came about in 2007 with a two-door coupe design. It utilized a 4.8L V-8 engine that provided drivers with 354 horsepower and a top speed of 155 mph. The engine was paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel-drive.
In 2009, the company released a Sportback version with a V-6 engine that provided drivers with 329 horsepower. By 2012, the S5 coupe was upgraded with LED daytime running lights, a rear spoiler, and an innovative rear-front axle engine-mount design for improved handling.
- Second Generation Audi S5 (2012-2016)
The second-generation received a few updated technological changes, as well as fuel-efficiency changes. The car received new headlights and a new grille, as well as a rear diffuser for added curb appeal.
- Third Generation Audi S5 (2016-Present)
By 2016, the S5 was given larger side vents and rims, as well as a rear bumper integrated air diffuser and a quad exhaust design. The car was 60kg lighter than the previous model with completely recalibrated front suspension for better performance. While the engine remained the same, it was upgraded with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Audi S5 in the News
In recent and unfortunate news, the driver of an Audi S5 caused the death of grandmother Wendie McDonald after smashing into her at 90mph post-drug and alcohol binge. Thankfully, he is now facing a heavy sentence.
Celebrity Endorsements of the Audi S5
Best Audi S5 Groups
If you’re looking for a community of proud S5 drivers, look no further than the A5 Owners Club, a forum-based site with almost 30k members.
The Audi S5 – a Standard in Premium Luxury
The Audi S5 has been crushing the competition for over ten years now, and the car somehow keeps getting better and better. With both power and aesthetics, there is no doubt that the Audi S5 will continue impressing us as time moves forward.
See this bad boy in action below!