Audi certainly wants to continue to conquer the performance car market. One of the new models that Audi counts on is the new S5. We are already accustomed to this model as a convertible and coupe. But now for 2018 model year the Germans are adding a Sportsback. That is not the only news since 2018 Audi S5 comes with more modifications than we can imagine, at least for the powertrain.
2018 Audi S5 – Exterior Updates
The design speaks for itself. Nevertheless, it’s a coupe, sportsback or convertible an S5 is a fabulous looking car. The hood now aggressively slopes into wider, sportier Singleframe grille. There are also a new set of 3D LED headlights with signature daytime running lights. On the side, we can immediately spot 5-spoke Cavo design with red brake calipers behind. Once we follow the sloped roofline we can see illuminated rear brake light mounted on top. The rear lights are also LED with Audi’s new dynamic turn signals. The 2018 Audi S5 has 9 colors available in the color palette. While most of them are shades of black and white there are also Gotland Green, Navarra Blue, and Tango Red.
2018 Audi S5 – Interior Design
The interior is all-new, the truth is it is the same as on new S4 and to say in one word luxurious. The seats are available with Alcantara with S emblem engraved below the headrest in seat color and they prove a high level of comfort for all occupants. The multifunctional flat-bottom steering wheel has a good grip and the flat bottom is reserved, of course, for an S emblem. Behind it, there is Audi Virtual cockpit, a 12.3-inch customizable information cluster. And above it, 2018 Audi S5 now has a wider heads-up display that now has less glare and improved functionality and clarity. The shift selector is also wrapped in leather while the shift knob is placed immediately behind it. Some say that this isn’t the best place for it since it’s somewhat hard to reach. MMI interface is also available.
2018 Audi S5 – V6 engine
The S5 wouldn’t be an S without a powerful engine. It’s the same 3.0-liter V6 but with over 800 modifications to improve fuel efficiency and raise output. It’s exactly the same as on new S4 and the main modification comes with replacement supercharger with a turbocharger. This engine produces 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. That is an increase of 21 horsepower, it doesn’t seem much, but remember that they also lowered fuel consumption. Eight-speed automatic transmission is responsible for smooth shifting, but some say that old generation seven-speed S Tronic was doing even better job. Of course, for the newer autonomous technology old six-speed manual is sacrificed long ago, and no new manual transmission will be available. Gearbox sends torque to all four wheels, and it’s the famous Quattro AWD system. With all that combined in harmony, 2018 Audi S5 accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds.
2018 Audi S5 – Safety Tech
The 2018 Audi S5 is also available with Traffic Jam Assist which helps the driver in acceleration, braking and even steering guidance. But more important is the Audi Pre Sense city that detects stationary vehicles and pedestrians up to 52 mph. When it happens the driver is alerted and the car initiates emergency braking. The safety probably won’t be an issue if we take that 2017 Audi A4 won Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS.
2018 Audi S5 – Price
The pricing options are the same for coupe and all-new sportsback. The number on the price tag amounts $56.000. The new model will be available next Spring.