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2017 Audi S5 Cabriolet

2017 Audi S5 Cabriolet

Compact luxury sportiness with unlimited headroom

The Audi S5 first appeared on the scene in 2007, initially dropping cover as a coupe alongside its more pedestrian sibling, the A5. Two years later, at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi introduced the S5 Sportback, a five-door model promising greater practicality in a still-sporty package, plus the open-air S5 Cabriolet, both of which went on sale for the 2010 model year. A mid-cycle refresh arrived in 2013, including new technology, styling, and powertrain updates. Now, it’s time for a new generation to take the reins, and as such, Audi has unveiled the 2017 S5 Cabriolet, rounding out the new A5 lineup with a sportier soft-top iteration of the compact luxury two-door. The next gen brings with it slightly larger dimensions, tweaked styling, a sleek interior packed with gadgets, a more powerful turbo six-cylinder, an updated rear suspension, and new systems for safety and convenience.

Being the best in this segment takes style and attitude, mixing the fun of unlimited headroom with a decent punch when you press on the loud pedal. Keeping up with the technological Jonses is also critical, with competition from Europe and Japan vying to impress in the cabin as well. Does the new S5 have what it takes to compete?

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2017 Audi S5 Sportback

2017 Audi S5 Sportback

Refreshed powertrain, new tech, and it might even come here… maybe.

Meeting customer demands means taking aim at a constantly moving target, which can often lead to some interesting crossbreeding between the established automobile segments. The Audi S5 Sportback is one good example. Offering a nice mix of attractive exterior design, practicality, luxury, and performance, the S5 Sportback appeals to a sort of “jack-of-all-trades” mentality, circumventing a singular focus in favor of a broader charm. While European audiences have enjoyed this balancing act since 2010, those of us residing in the U.S. have been left out in the cold. Now, there’s a second generation arriving, and it might actually come stateside. Maybe.

Essentially a sportier take on the A5 lineup, the S5 is offered in three body styles, with a two-door coupe and two-door convertible joining the aforementioned five-door liftback. We last saw the new S5 Sportback in camo as it braved the cold in Sweden and hit the apexes at the Nurburgring, but now, Audi has released full specs ahead of the second-gen’s public debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.

According to Autoblog, it’s still undecided whether or not Audi will be bringing this thing to U.S. shores, but either way, we’ve given it the full rundown in this review.

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2017 Audi S5

2017 Audi S5

Audi has pulled the sheet off the next-generation Audi S5

Being in the fold since 2007, it was about time for the Audi S5 to usher in a new generation, and it will do just that for the 2017 model year. With the new generation comes a new, wider front grille, larger corner air inlets on the front fascia, a more muscular hood, and new, thinner taillight units. Inside, the car has gone through a major revamp, sporting an updated instrument cluster, a new infotainment display that sits above the center stack, a new center console, and redesigned door panels. The S5 still sports a 3.0-liter, gasoline-powered engine, but for 2017 it’s been updated to deliver 354 horsepower – a 21-horsepower increase over the previous generation.

As always, the S5 shares a strong amount of its DNA with the Audi A5, but offers up significantly more power in an overall sportier package. As a model that competes with the likes of the BMW M4 and the Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe, Audi had to put in the wrench time to make sure the S5 is more competitive than ever. Part of that time was dedicated to developing an all-new chassis, revised aerodynamics, and shedding a little weight despite having a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model.

The things I’ve mentioned here are just the tip of the iceberg, so let’s go over all the fine details of the new S5 in my full review below.

Updated 06/03/2016: Audi dropped the official details on the new generation S5 Coupe.

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2014 Audi S5 - Driven

2014 Audi S5 - Driven

I’d honestly not given the S5 much thought before this week. Why, when Audi offers up much flashier models like the R8, RS7, and upcoming TT? It wasn’t until I drove the 2014 S5 Coupe that I discovered this hidden gem in Audi’s lineup. It might not be the most powerful version of the coupe, but with 333 supercharged horses under its mile-long hood and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sending power to all four wheels, I found myself finding excuses to go for a drive.

It hit me midway through the week that my black-on-black tester with satin chrome accents looks like something Bruce Wayne would drive when not fighting crime in the Batmobile. Its two-door architecture, sleek profile, and menacing color scheme lends itself for the perfect, if not stereotypical, wealthy bachelor’s car. The techno-filled cockpit further solidifies my thoughts as I found myself impressed with the level of refinement in Audi’s MMI infotainment system.

While the S5 might be better suited to a Bruce Wayne kind of lifestyle, it still performed decently enough when the time came to chauffeur the kids around. Yes, a full-sized child seat fits in the back seat. Ingress and egress was made easier by a quick-release lever on the front seatbacks that allowed the chairs to move forward without losing its last position. It afforded just enough room for crawling back to buckle the kiddo.

But a minivan this thing is not. The S5 is more at home on twisty, backcountry roads and making time on the interstate. Its demeanor changes with the driver’s mood – even without changing the Audi Drive Select system. The S5 makes a great grand touring car capable of long-distance travel and short distance track runs.

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2014 Audi S5 Coupe by Senner Tuning

2014 Audi S5 Coupe by Senner Tuning

There is no doubt out there that if you want to buy an elegant sports coupe, the Audi S5 is the first choice many lists. The problem with the S5 is that it is not quite as powerful as some of its competition, so many performance-first customers brush it off early in the shopping process. Until Audi solves this problem, you can always go to a tuner to help extract a little more power from the S5.

One such tuner is Senner Tuning. Senner is offering a pretty cool update for the S5 that helps push the standard 3.0 liter, supercharged V-6 engine a little further by way of an Injen cold-air intake and remapped the ECU. As a the output increases from the standard 333 horsepower up to 446 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque.

In order to make the engine sound better than ever, the Senner also installed a new exhaust system, inspired by the RS5’s throaty pipes/ This exhaust system features valve control connected to a flow-optimized downpipe. The engine pipes are painted black, just like on the RS5, and they fit perfectly into the custom-designed openings of the rear apron inserts.

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2013 Audi S5 Convertible by Senner Tuning

2013 Audi S5 Convertible by Senner Tuning

Even though the summer is slowing reaching the end, you should still prepare your convertible for maximum enjoyment of what is left of the sunshine and warm weather. Senner Tuning is offering you the perfect solution to make those summer days even more enjoyable in your Audi S5 Convertible.

Senner Tuning did tons of work under the hood where the 3.0 liter V-6 engine was upgraded to deliver a total of 435 horsepower and a peak torque of 369 pound-feet. That’s a huge jump over the stock 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. In order to obtain this upgrade, Senner tweaked the ECU and installed a new exhaust system.

The all-new valve controlled exhaust system features four tailpipes that provide plenty of throaty noise. This system features a cleverly-devised control system that allows for a regulation of the exhaust sound intensity and tone. The active exhaust system even shows the mode it is in on the S5’s dashboard display.

Senner also removed the speed limiter to allow the S5 to top out well above the usual 155 mph.

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2013 - 2014 Audi S5 Coupe

2013 - 2014 Audi S5 Coupe

One thing you can be sure of: for as long as Audi keeps building the A5, you can bet that there’s an accompanying S5 in there.

As the high-performance variant of the A5, the S5 first greeted the world in 2007 and since then, it’s became a staple in Audi’s performance-oriented lineup. This longevity is an achievement that shouldn’t be taken lightly, given that the S5 was introduced to compete with an enormously popular German sports car from one of Audi’s fiercest rivals: the M3 from BMW.

For the 2013 model year, the S5 returns with some refreshed styling and brochure load of features that customers can choose from.

Performance numbers are down from the previous model, but that’s been offset by improved fuel efficiency. That’s the kind of news that might disappoint the speed nut, but works pretty well for those who want a German sports car without having to feel guilty about dumping tons of fuel in the tank.

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2012 Audi S5 by Senner Tuning

2012 Audi S5 by Senner Tuning

This isn’t the first time Senner Tuning has turned their attention to modifying the Audi S5, but their newest package is probably the most impressive one to date. This package was developed for the facelift Audi S5 and has been designed to provide it with the flagship RS5 model’s look.

Painted in a very cool ibis-white, the S5 by Senner has received a new front spoiler that maintains the original RS5 air intakes, an original black RS5 radiator grille, an RS5-style rear spoiler, a rear window spoiler, a restrained boot lid spoiler, and an RS5 exhaust pipe end covers. The package also includes numerous elements made of carbon fiber like the side skirts and the exterior mirrors. Senner has also installed a new set of Work VS-XX light-alloy wheels, sized 9x20 inch up front and 10.5x20 inch at the rear.

Under the hood, the tuner has updated the standard 3.0 liter V6 engine to deliver an impressive 429 HP and 369 lb-ft of torque (up from the standard 329 HP and 324 lb-ft). In order to deliver the extra power, the tuner installed a mechanically-driven supercharger, a performance racing air filter, a two-part motor cover, and a power converter.

For the interior, the tuner added colorful bicolor fine Nappa leather trim in black and magma-red with contrasting color stitching and an Audi R8 sports steering wheel, flattened at the bottom, with shift paddles and a race ring, as well as RS5 door handles.

Customers who are interested in buying the Audi S5 package by Senner Tuning will have to pay a total of 69,990 euro, or about $89,000 at the current exchange rates.

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2012 Audi S5 Coupe by Eibach

2012 Audi S5 Coupe by Eibach

When Audi’s 2012 lineup was revealed, there were very little changes made to the car’s overall look. Aside from a few tweaks here and there, Audi’s main concern for the new model year S5 was the downsizing of the engine, from an eight cylinder to a 333 HP 3.0-liter V6 TFSI powerplant that produces less horsepower than its predecessor. German tuner, Eibach, didn’t have a problem with that as the V6 provided equal performance numbers to the 2011 model while also improving the car’s efficiency rating. What they did have a problem with, however, was the car’s handling, so they decided to generate more power with an optimum suspension set-up themed "Inspired by motorsport – Performance for the road."

This new suspension system is composed of Pro-Kit Performance Springs and specially adapted mono-tube gas pressure shock absorbers from Bilstein. The best part of this new system is that it offers a slightly lowered center of gravity that makes the car look even more like the Audi A5 DTM version.

The "Inspired by motorsport – Performance for the road" theme is extended to the exterior of the vehicle with a cool white finish combined with red graphics. Eibach also provided three different wheel options: Show & Shine for representative purposes, Performance for everyday use, and High Performance for the racetrack.

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2012 Audi S5 Coupe by Senner Tuning

2012 Audi S5 Coupe by Senner Tuning

Noted German tuner, Senner Tuning, has released their new program for the new Audi S5, adding a highly appreciated tuning program for Audi’s resident sports coupe.

In line with what Audi did to the face-lifted S5 Coupe - some styling tweaks and the addition of a new 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine that produces 333 horsepower - Senner Tuning’s new package takes all those new elements and ratchets them up a notch.

The exterior program for the S5 Coupe includes plenty of new carbon fiber components, highlighted by carbon fiber side skirts, carbon fiber mirror caps, a rear carbon fender skirt insert, and a rear spoiler flap. Another unique feature of the program are the set of 20" red Work Varianza T1S wheels wrapped in 245/30R20 and 295/25R20 tires. Rounding out the exterior program is a complete coilover kit from KW (Variant 3) with adjustable rebound and compression settings.

Inside, Senner dressed the S5 Coupe with a classic black and red leather trim complete with carbon inserts. There’s also a carbon steering wheel, a Race Ring from an Audi R8 that sits in front of the driver, and a set of light-up RS5 door handles.

The real highlight of Senner Tuning’s program involves the engine upgrade, which includes the addition of a new sports air filter, a custom exhaust system, and an updated ECU unit. All that added, Senner was able to bump up the output from the S5’s 3.0-liter V6 TFSI engine from 333 ponies and 324 lb/ft of torque to 377 horsepower and 369 lb/ft of torque.

UPDATE 08/21/12: Senner Tuning has a new batch of photos for their program on the S5 Coupe. You can look them all up by clicking on the gallery below!

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2012 Audi S5 Special Edition

2012 Audi S5 Special Edition

If we had to pick our favorite Audi, excluding the RS models of course, the S5 would be at the top of our list. It’s sporty, luxurious, elegant, and Audi has provided it with a special edition. Only 125 units of this special edition S5 will be built with prices starting at $68,700 for the S5 4.2 Special Edition (quattro manual) and $69,900 for the S5 4.2 Special Edition (quattro tiptronic).

The Audi S5 Special Edition will be offered with the Prestige package, quattro with sports rear differential, and a list of exclusive equipment, some borrowed directly from the RS5. The car is painted in a very cool Daytona Gray pearl effect exterior paint and then combined with 19" Titanium wheels with 255/35 summer tires. The interior combines Bi-color Polar Silver / Black S sport seats with Silver contrast stitching featured in the seats, armrests, shifter, and steering wheel. From the RS5, the Audi S5 Special Edition borrows the carbon fiber inlays with Piano Black instrument cluster surround and the floor mats with silver leather surround.

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2011 Audi S5 by Senner Tuning

2011 Audi S5 by Senner Tuning

The 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show brought out plenty of tuning upgrades to quench our thirst for the new and improved. Among those projects is Senner Tuning’s take on Audi’s refreshed sports coupe, the S5 Coupe.

The Audi S5 by Senner Tuning comes bearing 445 HP under the hood, getting customers very close to the most powerful model in the A5 line-up: the RS5 (450 HP). That’s an amazing increase over the car’s standard 333 HP. For the 3.0-liter TFSI’s engine upgrade, the tuner has combined software optimization with a new exhaust system and an enlarged pipe diameter.

With that kind of power hidden under the hood, who needs exterior modifications, right? Senner Tuning hasn’t completely ignored the sports coupe’s look, donning the exterior with a matte black glitter finish with bright borders and a new set of 20" wheels painted in Diamante Black Polish. The sultry, sparkly look gets magnified by a height adjustment of 40mm on the front axle and 35mm on the rear axle. The interior is only briefly ignored, with the addition of carbon fiber insertions.

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