The New Audi S5
The New Audi S5 in Detail
by Benjamin Hudson
At the recent 77e Salon International de lAuto Geneve (77th annual Geneva International Motor Show) early this March, Volkswagen Groups Audi division unveiled their latest luxury high-performance sports coupe in front of the European crowd who participated in the show. The Audi S5 took the center stage in the Audi stand along with the Audi A5 coupe.
As for a sports coupe, the Audi S5 features a sporty and elegant exterior and interior design along with clear functionality. Outside the car, you can find the radiator grille painted in platinum grey and fitted with vertical chrome inlays. The front and rear bumpers are more distinctive along with the air inlet grilles. Other exterior parts found on the Audi S5 include aluminium-look exterior mirror housings, colour-keyed door sill trim, dual-branch exhaust system with four oval tailpipes, xenon plus headlights with daytime running lights featuring LED light sand, 18-inch wheels with 245/40 R 18 performance tires, and the pronounced rear spoiler providing aerodynamic down force for better road-to-vehicle traction.
In addition to sporty exterior parts, Audi S5 also comes with a host of elegant and sporty interior amenities. Customers can choose between the available interior trims including carbon, aluminium, stainless steel or wood. Customers can also feel the dynamic environment on the interior with the cars sports seats, sports steering wheel, instruments with grey dials, and aluminium door sill plates. Just like the VW cargo liner, the Audi S5 also comes with a functional luggage compartment.
Audi tuned up the S5 and installed some of the highest quality chassis parts and powertrain systems. The sports coupe comes with a specially tuned sports suspension and high-performance brakes to provide improved vehicle handling and driving dynamics. The special high-performance brakes with their black painted brake calipers ensure precise deceleration. For challenging drivers who have starving needs for speed, they can fully deactivate the Audi S5s electronic stabilisation program (ESP) and explore the sports coupes full driving potential.
In terms of performance of a sports coupe, the Audi S5 is equipped with a monstrous V8 FSI 8-cylinder engine with an impressive and powerful output delivering 354 hp (260 kW) and produces 295 lb.-ft. (400 Nm) amount of peak torque at 3,500 rpm. With this V8 FSI engine, the Audi S5 is capable of accelerating from zero to 62 mph in a mere 5.1 seconds. Audi has also included some of the high-end powertrain technology for the V8 engine to boost the Audi S5s performance. The engine comes with a standard FSI direct injection technology with high compression and optimum fuel mixture formation.
The torque distribution is perfectly balanced, 40 percent on the front axle and 60 percent torque out put carried to the vehicles rear axle. To complete the Audi S5s powertrain system, a six-speed manual gearbox is mated to the engine to power the four wheel drive (4WD) configuration.
Watch out for the Audi S5 when it rolls out in dealerships starting in June 2007, along with the Audi A5 luxury coupe.
About the Author
Benjamin Hudson works as a supervisor at one of the top engineering firms in the business district of Louisiana. He is also a freelance journalist and has passion for anything automotive.