The sultry and sleek Audi A5 might not seem like it needs any help to attract buyers, but for those with a taste for speed in addition to style, the 2011 Audi S5 adds a much-needed dose of sport to the mix, in both hardtop and convertible forms. MotorAuthority appreciates this addition of go-fast, and rates the 2011 Audi S5 9 out of 10.
Quattro all-wheel drive, a 354-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8 engine, a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions and 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds make for a heady mix in the hardtop coupe. Opt for the soft top S5 Cabriolet and you'll get a supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 good for 333 horsepower and an identical 325 pound-feet of torque. In the Cabrio, you don't get a choice of transmission, but you do get an upgrade: it only comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that's not available with the V-8 Coupe.
Priced to start around $55,000, the 2011 Audi S5 isn't the cheapest option on the market, but its fully competitive with offerings...