2017 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.

Exterior

Audi S5

Audi S5

Audi S5

By using a mix of lightweight materials and design, Audi claims to have shed as much as 132.3 pounds, all while increasing the sophistication of the car’s overall aerodynamics. The result is a drag coefficient of just 0.25. According to Audi, the body itself is the lightest in its competitive field, and it’s the segment leader when it comes to aerodynamics.

I’ve never been a fan of how similar Audi’s “S” models are to the standard “A” models, but at least the new S5 can be differentiated by looking at the front and rear fascias.

As you can see from the images above, the front end sports a new design. The corners of that unmistakable Audi grille are sharper, while the grille itself appears to be wider and comes with more horizontal slats running from side to side. Down below, the air inlets are taller and slant downward towards the center. A new trim insert adds character to the outside and bottom edges of the air vents. The hood itself is also more muscular, sporting new body lines, but on the side, the biggest difference is the redefined body line between the wheel arches. This body line is now slanted more in the front, giving it a sportier appearance.

In the rear, that little lip in the center of the decklid has been lengthened, and now runs the width of the lid, integrating smoothly with the contours of the rear quarters. The taillights are now thinner and sport a cleaner appearance with a highlight on the outside and upper edge. The rear diffuser now has four vertically oriented fins, but the model still sports dual exhaust outlets in each corner. I’ve never been a fan of how similar Audi’s “S” models are to the standard “A” models, but at least the new S5 can be differentiated by looking at the front and rear fascias.

Interior

Audi S5

On the inside, we see a significant departure from the previous model. Right away, the most notable changes include the new infotainment display that is perched on top of the dash and the new layout for the HVAC vents. Since the display isn’t integrated into the center stack, the dash on the new S5 actually sits significantly lower, and the vents are now arranged in a straight line, running from one side of the dash to the other. The instrument cluster was replaced by Audi’s 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display to go with the 8.3-inch display on the center stack. The dash now has a flat face to it that is accented in a light gray color, offsetting the naturally dark ambiance created by the black trim.

It’s a cleaner and more inviting interior that finally brings the S5 into the current standards of luxury and comfort.

The center console also features a new design. The shifter is much smaller and was moved farther back on the console. There are two cup holders up front, almost below the center stack, and a small control knob for the infotainment system is located between the cup holders and the shifter. It also looks like there is red, neon accenting in the cutouts on the side of the center console that match the red finish of the exterior – an optional feature on the A5 that offers up to 30 different colors, but may be standard on the S5. With the new design, there is increased space for the driver and front passenger, and the dash layout makes the car feel wider.

The rear seatback has a 40:20:40 split that allows it to expand on the 16.4 cubic feet of available cargo space in the trunk. MMI navigation should come standard on the S5, as should Audi Connect with the LTE hotspot. As an option, the Audi Connect Safety and Service Package is also available, which works similar to GM’s OnStar, and allows owners to lock and unlock the car, check its geolocation, and call up vehicle status from a smartphone, smartwatch, or even fouth-generation Apple TV systems. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are standard. For those wanting a concert hall on wheels, a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system is available as an option.

Compared to the outgoing model, the cabin of the S5 is now more refined and driver oriented. It’s a cleaner and more inviting interior that finally brings the S5 into the current standards of luxury and comfort.

Drivetrain

Audi S5

Audi hasn’t given too many specifics about the drivetrain in the S5, but we do know that the 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 delivers 354 horsepower. Performance specs are rather scant at this time, but Audi claims the new S5 can hit 62 mph in 4.7 seconds (a 0.1-second improvement over the previous model) and is able to achieve a fuel economy of 32.2 mpg. Audi’s awesome quattro AWD system is practically a certainty, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the S5 come standard with a sport differential in the rear. On the A5, the suspension damper control is an option, but it may be standard equipment on the S5. As expected, the S5 will also make the best of Audi drive select, which offers up different drive modes, and Audi’s new electromechanical steering should make the car a blast during tight maneuvers.

As far as driver assistance goes, Audi has updated or developed new assistance systems for the next-gen model. The list of features include active lane assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, park assist, rear cross-traffic assist, exit warning, collision avoidance assist, turn assist, and all of Audi’s pre sense systems. To go with all of this, the S5 is equipped with front-mounted cameras for the recognition of traffic signs.

Pricing

Audi has yet to release pricing for the S5, but the previous model is currently being sold for £43,790 or $63,624 at current exchange rates. The new-gen model isn’t expected to hit European of German showrooms until Fall of this year, so stay tuned for pricing updates. Pricing information should become available closer to the car’s official launch.

Competition

BMW M4

BMW M4 Coupe

For the 2015 model year, Bimmer shifted its lineup around a little bit, with the coupe and convertible versions of the 3 Series becoming the 4 Series. That said, the M3 coupe became the M4 coupe, but that wasn’t all that changed. To go along with a more aggressive exterior and luxurious interior, BMW dropped the previous V-8 from the M3 in favor of a new 3.0-liter six-cylinder that delivers 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. With roughly 75 horsepower more than the new S5 and a 60-mph sprint time of just 4.1 seconds, it’s easy to want to lean toward the M4, but it has its downfalls as well. As of this writing, the M4 starts out at $65,700, which can easily surpass $70,000 by going with a few select options. The M4 is currently available in Bimmer dealerships in Europe, Germany, and the U.S.

Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe

2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe Unveiled

As one of the big “German Three,” Audi finds itself in the ring with BMW and Mercedes far too often, but with the new S5, Audi will actually have a fighting chance against Mercedes and its C43 Coupe. Powered by a 3.0-liter V-6 engine, the C43 delivers 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, and that’s S5 territory all day. According to Merc, the C43 makes the 60-mph sprint in 4.6 seconds, so it might still be a little fast to the benchmark, but top speed is limited to just 155 mph. As of this writing, the Mercedes -AMG C43 Coupe goes for €60,065, which translates to about $68,036 at current exchange rates. With similar pricing, similar luxury and comfort appointments, and good performance, it’s really a tossup as to which competitor is better. In this case, I guess you’ll just have to stick to brand loyalty.

Conclusion

Audi S5

It’s about time Audi updated the A5 and S5 lineup, and it did a fair job bringing together new technology, better comfort and luxury, and a more aggressive front end. But the S5 still looks way too much like the lesser A5 for my taste. Sure, there are minor differences in the front and rear exterior, and there’s a fine list of standard features for the S5, but I still think Audi could differentiate the models a little more. That said, the new S5 should soldier on for the next six or seven years before Audi drops a new-gen model, and a facelift won’t be in the cards until the turn of the decade. Even if the S5 is quite similar to the A5, I’ll still take the S5 over the A5 any day – that 354 horsepower is enough to sell me on the more expensive model.

LOVE IT

  • More horsepower
  • new technology and safety features

LEAVE IT

  • Still looks too similar to the A5
  • Less power than the M4 and C43

Spy Shots

July 10, 2015 – First testing session

Audi S5

Audi S5

Audi S5

Press Release

Audi revolutionized its mid-size class in 2007 with the A5. The Ingolstadt-based carmaker created a work of art that took fans around the world by storm. Nine years later marks the launch of the second generation – with a new, honed look and high tech everywhere. The new generation of the A5 Coupé* is athletic, sporty and elegant. Its design goes hand in hand with sophisticated aerodynamics. Under the skin the A5 impresses with an all-new chassis, powerful engines, and innovative infotainment features and driver assistance systems.

Audi S5

How do you make a design masterpiece even more beautiful? Audi designers have been pondering this question for years. The results are impressive: The new Audi A5 Coupé* sports a fresh, modern and honed look. It is nevertheless true to its DNA with the sporty and elegant character being passed down to the new version. The best example is the now three-dimensional wave-shaped shoulder line that already characterized the previous model. The precisely sweeping line with pronounced bulges over the wheel arches emphasizes all four wheels – a cue to the quattro all-wheel drive.

The perfectly balanced proportions with a long engine hood, the stretched wheelbase and short overhangs underscore the sportiness of the new A5 Coupé. The sculpted Singleframe grille is significantly flatter and wider than in the previous model. The LED rear lights and optional LED or Matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn signals make high-end technology visible even after dark.

Engines

The new Audi A5 Coupé* will launch in Germany with five engines: two TFSI and three TDI units. Their power output has increased considerably and is now between 140 kW (190 hp) and 210 kW (286 hp). Compared with the previous model, they offer up to 17 percent more performance while consuming as much as 22 percent less fuel. All the engines combine high efficiency with sporty power development and smooth running – especially the two 3.0 TDI six-cylinder engines.

With its newly developed 3.0 TFSI, the Audi S5 Coupé* is now in a league of its own. The turbo V6 exhibits highly efficient, sports car-like performance. From its 2,995 cc of displacement, the boosted six-cylinder engine produces 260 kW (354 hp) of power, which is 15 kW (21 hp) more than the engine in the previous model.

Drivetrain

The new Audi A5 Coupé* comes with a drivetrain solution tailor-made for each engine variant. The manual six-speed gearbox and the seven-speed S tronic are used with the four-cylinder engines as well as the 160 kW (218 hp) 3.0 TDI with front- or all-wheel drive. The eight-speed tiptronic is reserved for the top diesel with 210 kW (286 hp) and the S5 engine*. Both engines come standard with quattro all-wheel drive. Audi also offers the optional rear-axle sport differential for even more dynamic driving and precision.

The new quattro with ultra technology is also available for the first time. At the moment it can be combined with the four-cylinder TFSI and TDI engines with manual transmission. Optimized for efficiency, the drive system does not exhibit any perceptible differences to permanent systems in terms of traction and driving dynamics.

Audi S5

Chassis

The all-new chassis is among the strengths of the Audi A5 Coupé*. It offers the driver optimal comfort combined with a high degree of agility. The A5 thus handles narrow, winding mountain roads and long trips on the Autobahn with equal aplomb. Audi offers a suspension with damper control as an option. This is integrated into the dynamic handling system known as Audi drive select, which enables the driver to modify the basic characteristic in multiple steps.

The electromechanical power steering is also a new development from Audi. It adapts according to the vehicle’s current speed and provides highly precise road feedback. Optionally available is the dynamic steering, which varies its gear ratio depending on the speed and steering angle.

Body

The Audi A5 Coupé* is significantly more efficient than its predecessor. This is due in large part to a reduction in weight as well as sophisticated aerodynamics. The engineers were able to trim the curb weight by as much as 60 kilograms (132.3 lb). The body is the lightest in the competitive field thanks to an intelligent mix of materials and lightweight design. With a drag coefficient of 0.25, the A5 Coupé is also the segment leader with respect to aerodynamics.

Interior

The interior benefits from the increased dimensions and longer wheelbase. Space for driver and passengers is more generous. The horizontal architecture of the instrument panel and the continuous air vent strip create a wide sense of space.

As is typical for Audi, interior build quality is uncompromisingly high. High-quality materials in a wide range of colors provide for a particularly pleasant ambiance and underscore the premium character of the mid-sized model. Optional ambient lighting highlights the interior with a choice of 30 adjustable shades. The new

A5 Coupé* also redefines the class benchmark for aeroacoustics. The acoustic comfort is almost that of a luxury class model.

The luggage compartment offers a volume of 465 liters (16.4 cu ft), 10 liters

(0.4 cu ft) more than with the previous model. The rear seat has a 40:20:40 split and can be easily folded forward using levers in the luggage compartment. Audi also offers the two-door coupé with optional gesture control for opening the luggage compartment lid via a foot motion. The optional trailer hitch is electrically released at the press of a button.

Display and controls

The A5 Coupé* is now available for the first time with the optional Audi virtual cockpit, a 12.3-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1,440 x 540 pixels. Together with the MMI navigation plus including 8.3-inch monitor on the center console, it forms the central information unit. The focal point of the MMI terminal is the round rotary pushbutton. Its surface is home to the touch-sensitive touchpad. The touchpad is used to input characters and also for multifinger gestures, enabling the driver to zoom in on the map, for example. The whole MMI control logic is similar to that of a smartphone, including the intelligent free text search function. The new, more natural voice control system can recognize input made using everyday language, such as: “I would like to call Peter.”

Audi S5

Infotainment and Audi connect

Customers choosing MMI navigation plus automatically also get the hardware module Audi connect and the new Audi connect SIM, a SIM card permanently installed in the car. The new Audi A5 Coupé* uses this to connect to the Internet via the ultrafast LTE network. Use of the versatile Audi connect services is free of charge of three years, both in Germany and in most European countries. The respective national provider is selected automatically as needed.

Independent of the integrated Audi connect services, customers can also purchase optional data packages for individual Internet use using the Wi-Fi hotspot. This allows all passengers to surf the Web and send/receive email with up to eight mobile devices at attractive rates.

The A5 can also be equipped with the optional Audi connect safety & service package. This includes such functions as an automatic emergency call in the event of an accident, online roadside assistance and Audi service request as well as remote functions that can be used with the MMI connect app on a smartphone, smartwatch or – in conjunction with the fourth generation Apple TV – from a television. Examples include locking and unlocking the car, checking where the car is parked and calling up the vehicle status.

With the Audi smartphone interface, Apple Car Play and Android Auto bring the familiar smartphone environment to the car, if desired. The optional Audi phone box with wireless charging in the center armrest uses near-field coupling to link smartphones wirelessly to the vehicle’s antenna and enables inductive charging according to the Qi standard. For very discerning hi-fi fans, the Bang & Olufsen sound system with its innovative 3D sound is available as an option.

Driver assistance systems

An intelligent combination of different technologies enhances the safety, comfort and efficiency of the new Audi A5 Coupé*. At the same time, Audi is also taking the next step toward piloted driving. The broad choice of innovative driver assistance systems sets standards in the segment. Compared with the previous model, nearly all of the systems are either completely new or have been extensively updated.

The predictive efficiency assistant helps the driver save fuel, Audi active lane assist helps keep the car on track in the driving lane, and the Stop&Go adaptive cruise control including traffic jam assist offers the driver relief in slow-moving traffic. New and important safety features include the park assist, cross traffic assist rear, exit warning, collision avoidance assist and turn assist as well as the Audi pre sense systems. Camera-based recognition of traffic signs rounds out the lineup.

The new Audi A5 Coupé will launch in Germany and additional European countries in fall 2016. Compared with the previous model, the list of standard equipment is even more generous. Among the features included are xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights, LED interior lights, the Audi MMI radio plus with 7-inch MMI color display, Bluetooth and USB charging function, the three-spoke multifunction steering wheel (including shift paddles in models with automatic transmission), height-adjustable belt feeds, the Audi drive select dynamic handling system and Audi pre sense city.

New trim lines provide numerous customization opportunities, for both the interior and the exterior. Besides the base model, there are also the sport and design lines. The S line sport package and the Audi design selection are available for sophisticated customization, particularly for the interior. Audi offers the S line exterior package for a particularly dynamic appearance.

Audi S5

The Audi S5 Coupé

From 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.7 seconds. The new Audi S5 Coupé* combines dramatic elegance with the performance of a sports car. Its newly developed, turbocharged V6 engine produces 260 kW (354 hp) and consumes just 7.3 liters of fuel per 100 km (32.2 US mpg). The sharper S exterior design and the S-specific details in the interior underscore the dynamic character of the Audi two-door sports coupé.