The Audi S5 is the German luxury automaker's factory tuned version of their sleek two door fast back and features distinct bold bodywork, boxed fenders, 19 inch wheels and a 4.2 Liter FSI V8 making 349 HP and 325 lb-ft of torque when it was introduced in 2008. Future S5 luxury sports cars will be powered by a 3.0 Liter supercharged V6 making a more efficient 333 HP, competing head to head with the BMW M3.
There has been a lot of talk about high performance European automakers coming up with new solutions in order to meet the continent’s emissions requirements for 2012. Manufacturers like Ferrari and Lamborghini have their own ways of cutting C02 output with experimental hybrid propulsion systems.
Good news for German car collectors in the land of the rising sun. Audi of Japan has just announced that they will be releasing a series of extremely limited production special edition S5 s exclusively for that market. There will be three different versions of the S5 Exclusive, and only 5 of each, priced at around $96,500.
The S5 Exclusive differentiates itself from ordinary Audi Sport coupes with a set of BBS mesh style 19 inch alloys wrapped in sticky 255/35 series rubber. The limited edition Audis will also feature unique color combinations. The wild purple paint looks like it was taken directly from a Mopar muscle car of the 1960s, and the chocolate leather interior of the pearl white model is enough to make Porsche jealous.
All 15 of these Exclusive examples of Audi craftsmanship are destined to become collector’s items as soon as they hit showroom floors. However we are still waiting for another special edition of the A5 , the return of the Ur Quattro . If Audi ever decides to add the extra performance of the rally inspired car with the unique styling of the Exclusive, it would give BMW 6 Series owners something to watch out for.
This does make sense. Audis have become a little portly in their pursuits for horsepower. For example, the 2010 S5 Cabriolet weighs in at 4300, which is about as much as a Ford Explorer .
Audi acknowledges that this weight disadvantage could really hurt it in the future, and is now taking great steps to fix it. When the new S4/S5 appears in 2014, it will incorporate more aluminum, magnesium, and high-strength steel for weight reduction. It will also switch to turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The result will be a car that has 20 percent less weight and up to 30 percent less engine displacement.
While we’re usually not fan of smaller engines, Audi does seem to have a good guide to follow. The current TT lineup doesn’t have to cross into six-cylinder territory to get 340 hp with the TT RS .
The Audi S5 has been on the market for a little more than a year, and Audi is already hunting down a few cylinders. Inside Line has obtained info that says Audi is downsizing its engine from a 4.2-liter V8 to the S4 ’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. While the 333 hp V6 represents a 21 hp drop, the expected thirty percent improvement in fuel economy and lighter weight should easily make amends.
But Audi is not finished choppin’ cylinders. Rumors are also circulating that that the S6 and S8 super sedans will drop from a V10 to a twin-turbo 4.2 liter V8.
When all the bloodshed is over this should leave the R8 as the only Audi in North America to have versions with more than eight cylinders (the RS6 is not currently sold in here.) The twin-turbo V10 and diesel V12 are still scheduled to become a part of the R8’s lineup.
Audi will unveil the S5 next year to keep in line with the changes made to the A4. Because this is a German performance sedan, it is being put through the paces at the Nurburgring before public consumption. The 2010 S5 will receive subtle revisions over the current car. The biggest change is under the hood: the new S5 gets Audi’s new supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine in place of the current model’s 4.2-liter V8. The RS5 coming in 2010 will also get a V8 engine.
The new S5 will also feature the option of a seven-speed twin-clutch DSG transmission and the latest iteration of Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system. The 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made under 5 seconds, while top speed will be limited to 155 mph.
Caractere, the famous Belgian tuner, unveiled today its new body styling equipment for the new Audi A5 and S5 . The new kit consists in a front bumper especially designed for the vehicles with original fog lights, a new front grill and a rear spoiler and integrated rear air diffuser,
with or without exhaust tips on the left and on the right side, a new boot spoiler but also a new set of 19 or 20” alloy wheels having the well-known Caractere design. No words about the price yet!
STaSIS may not yet be a household name, but with more cars like these, that may change. Based on the Audi S5 , the Signature Series S5 comes in two levels of trim called Touring or Challenge Edition.
The Touring Edition comes with Ohlins SL dampers, 20 inch STaSIS Monolite RS 147 forged wheels and a T-304 stainless steel exhaust while the Challenge Edition features a 370-mm Alcon Mono6 front brake upgrade, Torsen center differential, anti-roll bar package and an ECU upgrade estimated at an additional 15 hp/20 lbft. Also new Yokohama Advan Sport tires were added.
With the new improvements, the Signature Series S5 sprints from 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds—that’s half a second faster than the "standard” Audi S5. With these kind of numbers, the car is faster than the BMW 650i , Mercedes CLK 550 and the Lexus IS-F . All this performance comes at a price: $9,995 for the Touring Edition and $13,995 for the Challenge Edition - both with the security of a 4-year/50,000 mile warranty.
With the new MTM S5 GT Supercharged, the German tuner obtained an astonishing 505 hp out of the Audi 4.2 liter V8 which is now capable to push the car from 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds while the top speed is 300+ km/h.
The tuning company did not modify the bodykit, just added a new set of 21” alloy wheels and an impressive exhaust system in order to deliver a new sound but also more power.Also the braking system is impressive due to the fact that the vehicle is capable to stop from 100 km/h in about 35 m.
Unobtrusive design and powerful appearance - this is what the Abt AS5 stands for. With a discerning eye on the detail Abt enhances the elegant Audi Coupé with its breathtaking, pleasing contours and the stretched flanks. The team from Kempten has managed to upgrade the unique vehicle without changing its character.