The A5 is arguably one of the best looking cars in the Audi fleet, and we’d go so far as to say that it’s also one of the best looking coupes priced under $100k.
It’s only natural then that the S5, a sportier and more dynamic model, is better still, though with a pricetag of $53,900 it may prove a little too expensive for some.
For 2012 Audi has given the car some styling refinements, particularly at the front where the car has been fitted with new headlights, a more pronounced grille, and enlarged intakes. There are also come changes at the rear, once again consisting mostly of updates to the lights and bumper.
The good news is that the changes on the 2012 Audi S5 aren’t only skin deep. While previous years saw the S5 line call upon V-8 power, in 2012 Audi has fitted the car with a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 across the range.
The new powertrain is rated at 333 horsepower, which is good for 0-60 mph acceleration times of 4.9 seconds in the S5 coupe. Convertible versions are slightly slower though you’d hardly notice it. Top speed of the S5 is electronically limited to 155 mph.
Apart from the new engine, the most important upgrade to the S5 is a revised quattro all-wheel drive system with a crown-gear center differential. Electromechanical power steering is also added for 2012.
If you desire even more performance, Audi is set to launch a new RS5 super-coupe. Thankfully, environmental concerns haven't affected the drivetrain, with power in the RS5 coming from a high-revving 4.2-liter V-8 rated at 450 horsepower--one of the few, and possibly the last, naturally aspirated performance V-8s from Germany’s premium marques. A convertible version is also planned though is yet to be announced by Audi.
Inside the S5, the cabin builds on the attractive car's design with performance-themed trim and options. Aluminum, wood, and woven metal are all to be found, and while the switchgear can seem a bit excessive, all of the materials and fit and finish speak of quality.
Handling is impressive, thanks mostly to the standard quattro all-wheel-drive system, which biases the torque between the front and rear wheels via a 40/60 split. Electronic steering is also standard and numbs the feel slightly, and sadly this isn’t helped much by the stiffened suspension, which can make the ride a little harsher than you may have expected from a modern luxury car.
For a more detailed look at the 2012 Audi S5, head over to our sister site The Car Connection for the full review.