Four rings to rule them all! Okay, so that’s not the official Audi S5 motto, but maybe it should be. We don’t live in Germany, but the winding roads of our hometown were more than enough to put this Deutsche-land dream machine through the paces.
One of my first cars was an Audi, so you’ll have to pardon the bias, but I love Audi. Since its introduction, the S5 has captivated Audi enthusiasts around the world. Then came the cabriolet, which is the version had. We’re typically not fans of a droptop, but even we had to make an exception for the S5.
As you approach the car, the first thing you notice is how big the grill is — signature Audi. And yet, it’s a Cabrio. So does it look as good with the top up as it does with the top down? It does — it’s a beautifully designed car. And this coming from someone who typically shies away from the droptop. The aggressive stance, LED trim and slight truck lip spoiler all seal the deal for me.
There’s a lot of plastic on the inside, in a clean way, though. It’s not cluttered or messy and definitely summons the minimalist in all of us. The steering wheel is one of those flat bottom jobs, which was fun to use. Brilliant “Magma Red” seats are bolstered nicely and highly configurable. They’re comfortable enough, but not over the top plush.
The acceleration is fun and will hit 60 MPH in 5.3 seconds, which isn’t staggering, but certainly respectable. There’s a noticeable hint of lag from the forced induction V6T engine, but once it gets going it’s a lot of fun. We miss the days of V8 Audi’s, but I guess they really want you to pony-up for the RS versions if you’re going to get V8 power.
The ride itself if comfortable and a happy medium of sporty handling and road-trip comfort. The responsiveness of the steering is actually really fun and there’s a great road feel. For weighing over two tons, and measuring over 15 feet in length the S5 has surprisingly minimal body roll, and with 60% of the power going to the rear wheels this is truly a driver’s car.
The infotainment system took a little getting used to. It seemed unnecessarily complicated in some regards, but the sound quality was great. Our testing model had the Bang & Olufsen option (+$850), which put the car just south of $70,000. Ouch. That’s a lot of money for the car, and (if we’re honest) we’re not sure it’s worth it. The grin on my face with every press of the gas peddle, however, would disagree.
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