Itís elegant and beautiful, but it has one primary purpose: to propel you like a rocket ship. Itís the 2008 Audi S5, and itís about to set the bar for luxury sport coupes everywhere.
To see it move is to be moved by it. Audiís newest machine is a marvel of style and design, of form and function. Years of work and innovation have gone into every curve, every minute detail of the coupeís exquisite exterior. From the single frame grille emblazoned with the Audi rings to the aggressive, jeweled, LED daytime running lights and eye-popping 19-inch aluminum wheels, the 2008 introduction is nothing short of breathtaking. Its bold features and flowing lines give the S5 a personality unlike anything else in Audiís lineup.
It is the engine, however, that sets the S5 apart. Beneath the hood of this screaming performance coupe dwells a massive V8 FSI engine. FSI is the same technology used by Audi on the Le Mans racing circuit. It works by injecting fuel directly into the combustion chamber, greatly improving performance. With a press of the accelerator and a flip of the six-speed manual transmission, the S5 smoothly powers out upwards of 354 hp and 325 lb/ft of torque, easily enough to pin you back in your soft, leather bucket seat. In spring, Audi will even offer a smooth-shifting, quick-accelerating Tiptronic automatic transmission.
The S5ís exceptional power is impressive, but speed is nothing without control. To keep Audiís coupe bridled, engineers have incorporated a new five-link front suspension and trapezoidal-link rear suspension. When combined with rigorously optimized weight distribution, the S5ís unique suspension system creates exceptional handling and unmatched agility. In short, the sport-tuned S5 is just as exhilarating to drive as its design would suggest.
Just as with every Audi, the heart of the S5 is its legendary quattroģ all-wheel drive system. The coupeís AWD system maintains unparalleled acceleration and stability while simultaneously maximizing traction on any road surface. Despite their insistence on high-performance, Audi engineers still placed a great emphasis on safety and command.
The S5 simply wouldnít be an Audi without exceptional innovation and technology. Immediately upon setting foot in the S5ís surprisingly roomy cabin, youíll notice the Audi-familiar MMI (multi-media interface). This intuitive system easily monitors and allows the driver to control any and all onboard electronics systems, from the CD player to an MP3 player to the navigation system without ever losing sight of the road. Audiís incorporated Bang & Olufsen 14-speaker, 505-watt sound system even includes microphone-based noise compensation to ensure optimum sound, regardless of speed and road condition.
The base 2008 Audi S5 comes in with an MSRP of about $50,500. Test drive yours today and see how high the bar has been set.