Audi has officially unveiled their new 2012 line-up for the A5 and S5 models, drawing some raised eyebrows for the subtle changes and powertrain tweaks featured.

As the high-performance option of the bunch, the new 2012 S5 Coupe is expected to attract buyers with performance numbers in mind. On that note, Audi went with something that might not be what people expected of the car. While there are some aesthetic changes done, the most significant change for the S5 Coupe is the choice of powertrain, or in this case, the ’downgrade’ of powertrain under the car’s hood. No longer will the S5 come with eight cylinders. Instead, the German automaker opted to use a 3.0-liter V6 TFSI powerplant that produces less horsepower than its predecessor.

All isn’t lost, though, as Audi certainly worked themselves around the new engine, giving it equal performance numbers to the 2011 model while also improving the car’s efficiency rating, something that’s becoming increasingly important among buyers these days.

See...we told you all wasn’t lost.

More details on the Audi S5 Coupe after the jump.

  • 2012 Audi S5 Coupe
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  • Engine:
    3.0-liter V6 TFSI engine
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    333 horsepower
  • MPG(Cty):
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • 0-100 time:
    4.9 sec.
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2012 Audi S5 Coupe High Resolution Exterior
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The 2012 S5 Coupe isn’t exactly a new-generation take on the A5 line, so we don’t expect anything to be completely overhauled. Having said that, there are still plenty of changes on the 2012 model that differentiate it from its predecessor.

One of the most telling differences on the 2012 S5 is the newly designed set of lights on both the front and rear of the car, which now comes with more angles than the almost rectangular shape of the 2011 model. On top of that, the new lights configuration comes with homogenous LED daytime running lights that can be equipped with xenon plus technology as an added option. The subtle changes continue with a redefined glossy black upper grille, a new and slightly more contoured hood, larger air intakes on the bumper, and a set of 18" alloy wheels.


2012 Audi S5 Coupe Interior
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Even the car’s interior, which generally speaking looks pretty much the same, has its own share of new items. Adding a dash of elegance and comfort to the car, Audi gave the interior a new steering wheel, new paint covers, revised center console buttons, bezels on the both the console and the instrument cluster, and white illumination on the car’s display units.


2012 Audi S5 Coupe High Resolution Drivetrain
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Surprisingly, Audi did away with the old model’s 4.2-liter V8 engine, instead opting for a slightly less powerful 3.0-liter TFSI engine. The numbers certainly speak for themselves as the former was capable of producing an output of 350 horsepower while the new engine only churns out 333 ponies. The flip side to this is that, with a less powerful engine, the 2012 S5 is more fuel efficient than its predecessor, consuming an average 20 percent less fuel per 100 kilometers (29.04 mpg) than the 2011 version. The 2012 S5 accomplishes this while still being able to produce impressive numbers, including a 0-62 mph time of 4.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.


2012 Audi S5 Coupe High Resolution Exterior
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Unlike the 2012 A5 Coupe, the 2012 S5 Coupe still doesn’t have a sticker price attached to it. So to give our best educated guess, the new S5 will probably have a price tag similar to the 2011 version, meaning a retail price of at least $50,000.


2012 Audi S5 Coupe Exterior
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The new Audi S5 Coupe will once again be pitted with its German arch-rival, the BMW 335is. Despite the more efficient powertrain housed inside the 2012 S5, the curious thing is that it carries the same displacement and number of cylinders - 3.0-liter V6 - as that of the 335is.

The good thing about the 2012 S5 is that its version of the V6 carries more juice than its counterpart - 333 horsepower to 320 horsepower - while also covering the high-end 3-Series with a faster ’north-to-60’ time of 4.9 seconds to 5.0 seconds and a higher top speed of 155 mph to 150 mph.

Pricing for both cars will depend on what type of model you get, but all in all, you wouldn’t be splitting any hairs deciding on which one to buy when the car’s price - roughly starting at $50,000 for both models - is the main factor.

2012 Audi S5 Coupe High Resolution Exterior
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  • Leave it
    • Could have done more to tweak its looks
    • No more V8
    • Does it really stand out?
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  (595) posted on 01.30.2012

The car has sophisticated design that gives new personality to S5. It has less powerful engines produced good output.

  (427) posted on 12.28.2011

I was impressed with the modified design in the interior and exterior of the car though the center console is not appealing for me. BTW, I don’t think that the engine performance of this future car would be powerful enough.

  (776) posted on 12.21.2011

Yeah right! That’s why I’m really so fond with their vehicle because on its very impressive features. It’s just too bad that they still didn’t boost the engine that they are using for their cars.

  (526) posted on 12.14.2011

Audi is really notorious with this kind of vehicle, and I must say that I truly admire their cars, especially on their coupe vehicle. However, I think they should boost more the engine that they were using on it.

  (727) posted on 11.30.2011

I’m already quite satisfied with its efficient engine output. It is good enough for this sedan. Anyway, great thing that it had also and an exclusive and a very nice interior feature and an exterior aesthetic design.

  (501) posted on 11.23.2011

I can’t see either the subtle design that they were saying. I still find it looks like their other vehicle. However, I as yet impressed with its classy exterior and a luxurious interior feature.

  (530) posted on 11.21.2011

The center console of this coupe is truly looking so awesome on it and even the other interior features of this vehicle! Anyway, it will surely be a stiff competition against BMW 335is.

  (830) posted on 11.16.2011

The interior of this coupe is truly looking pretty much the same, just like what their other cars had. However, I’m still not impressed on the engine output of this vehicle.

  (676) posted on 11.16.2011

I can’t see the subtle design that they were saying because it only looks like their typical design and styling on their vehicle, so what’s the cunning here? Anyway, I hope that this coupe would really stand out.

  (382) posted on 11.13.2011

Why is it, they change the engine of this? It is still much better if they use a V8. Anyway, I love the decent looks that this coupe had, most especially its luxurious interior feature.

  (647) posted on 10.5.2011

Very masculine and officially look as a corporate car. As what I know Audi is good in giving this high-performance car, though they are not more the best for and unique style of car.

  (313) posted on 09.7.2011

Not impressive at all most especially with the style and the design, I’ve seen lots of cars having that same style but I think it would still an impressive one for the other.

  (302) posted on 07.26.2011

Few changes had been done on this one. I don’t see any difference of this S5 coupe to other versions of Audi S5 coupe. One of the assets is the pricing of this car. It is not cheap but not that pricey.

  (402) posted on 07.15.2011

I really admire how this Audi S5 done since it provides better exterior and interior features. Actually, as I go through the details of the specs of Audi S5, I’m impressed with it. Thumbs up to Audi!..

  (402) posted on 07.15.2011

For me, it doesn’t changed a thing the other versions of it. It just downgraded some concepts of the S5... Why did they changed a V8 to V6?

  (449) posted on 07.14.2011

The newer styling of the car is great. However, I was disappointed with the power output of the new Audi S5. Audi haven’t upgrade its performance. I bet a less powerful engine like v6 can produced such amount, I was expecting for a 500+ hp with its v8 technology.

  (797) posted on 07.14.2011

That was quite long before the Audi decided to offer a new model version for this car. I was impressed with the modified design in the interior and exterior of the car though the center console is not appealing for me. BTW, I don’t think that the engine performance of this future car would be powerful enough.

  (1) posted on 07.13.2011

FYI: These changes are only for European models. We in America will still have the V8 at least through 2012

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