The new Audi A5 has yet to hit showroom floors but we’ve already been given a taste of what its high performance brother, the S5, will be like. Read on for full details and pictures of this turbocharged V6-powered compact sports coupe.
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New Audi S5 styling
The S5 can be differentiated from the standard A5 by its full-width intake running beneath the central hexagonal grille. A thin chrome strake with upturned tips accentuates the S5’s width and the lowered black side skirts make the most of its ground-hugging stance. A contrast-coloured rear diffuser with quad exhaust tips helps the S5’s rear end look much more aggressive than the standard A5.
New Audi S5 interior
The interior differs only subtly from the A5. A flat-bottomed steering wheel with S5 badging is the most noticeable modification, although metal pedals also feature. The minimalist dashboard and seven-inch display mounted above it have been carried over almost unchanged. Audi’s Virtual cockpit system – a 12.3-inch screen that replaces traditional analogue instruments – will also be offered as an optional extra.
New Audi S5 engine and driving
The New S5 will be powered by a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that, thanks to two turbochargers, develops 349hp. This impressive power output is enough to launch this executive coupe to 62mph from rest in a worryingly rapid 4.7 seconds – 0.2 seconds faster than the old S5.
Unsurprisingly, Audi’s famous quattro four-wheel drive system will be fitted as standard to the S5 to both transmit power to the road under hard acceleration, and provide good levels of grip in slippery conditions.
New Audi S5 price and release date
We expect the new Audi A5 to cost approximately £4,000 more across the range than the outgoing car, suggesting that the new S5 will be priced at approximately £47,000. Order books will probably open after the A5’s launch in late summer 2016 with the first cars being delivered before 2017.
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