Imagine getting a sophisticated styling and an impressive performance all in one package. Well, that’s what the 2018 Audi S5 is all about. Whether you like the open-top fun of the S5 Convertible or the clean lines of the hardtop coupe, this Audi delivers speed and refinement without compromise. It’s among our list of favorites, and we think you’ll like it, too. This review will give you the reasons why.
2018 Audi S5 Release Date & Price
On a nutshell, some of the highlights that it brings include an exclusive interior that is often understated, classic stylish looks, good cornering abilities, and comes equipped with a powerful supercharged V6 engine. Leasing will also be an option. Although no confirmations are in sight yet regarding its release date and price, speculations allege the Audi S5 MSRP will start from around $61,000 for the Convertible and $53,100 for the coupe. Its release, on the other hand, should be expected sometime in mid-2018.
Anyone shopping in this segment is most probably looking for an invigorating performance, intimate and refined cabin, and a sexy styling. In all of these areas, the Audi S5 2018 manages to score an “A” rating. Or are you into performance? Well, it comes equipped with a supercharged V6 engine that provides enough heat for a brisk acceleration (as we shall see later). Other performance specs include subtle aesthetic upgrades, a tauter suspension system, and bigger brakes.
Besides the performance, the new Audi S5 also excels where many fail. The ride quality is smooth, comfortable, and devoid of noise. The all-wheel drive system is available by default, of course, so you’re assured of enough grip on the road whenever its gets twisty. And if you’re wondering whether it is thrifty of sappy in terms of fuel economy, Audi says the S5 offers a combined city and highway fuel consumption of 21 mpg – impressive for a car with this kind of zip.
On the flipside, however, the technologies appear rather dated as the Audi A5 is a tad bit up in years. The backseat is cramped and is only suitable for stowing personals. And unlike its rivals which have the USB connectivity, the S5 comes with the Audi’s propriety digital music interface.
There’re a couple of options available on the market however if the S5 isn’t your thing. Some of these include the Ford Mustang GT, BMW 435i coupe, and the Mercedes-Benz E400 coupe and convertible.
2018 Audi S5 Changes on Interior & Exterior
The Audi S5 is available in both coupe and convertible body styles, and are further broken into Prestige and Premium Plus trim levels.
Some of the standard accessories available for the 2018 Audi S5 3.0T Premium Plus model include an S5-specific body kit, eighteen-inch wheels, automatic tri-zone climate control, a CD player, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, selectable driving settings, xenon headlights, keyless entry and ignition, a color driver information display, auto-dimming and heated auto-dimming mirrors, LED taillights and running lights, Bluetooth connectivity, driver memory functions, a 6.5” display, an SD card slot, and HD and satellite radio.
The coupe version adds a premium leather upholstery, leather and simulated suede upholstery, a sunroof, split-folding rear seatbacks, and a tilt-only sunroof.
The top-of-the-line 2018 Audi S5 Prestige model comes equipped with Bluetooth streaming audio, a rearview camera, front and rear parking cameras, voice controls, a navigation system, a CD player, a blind-spot monitor with rear-cross traffic alerts, and an upgraded MMI system.
Options available on the Driver Assistance package includes a forward collision mitigation system, an upgraded upholstery, comfortable front seats, adaptive steering system, and an adaptive cruise control.
Others include special nineteen-inch wheels, twenty-inch wheels, body-color exterior mirrors, high-gloss black exterior trim, perforated leather upholstery, a neck-leveling heating system, adaptive suspension dampers, and a torque-vectoring sport differential.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 0.3 in. (108.3 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 2.7 in. (182.7 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 1 in. (73 in.)
Passenger volume: 96.2 cu.ft.
Cargo volume: 12.2 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3895 lb
Top Speed: 155 mph
0-60: 4.6 sec
MPG: 17/26 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Brilliant Black, Daytona Gray Pearl Effect, Florett Silver Metallic, Glacier White Metallic, Ibis White, Misano Red Pearl Effect, Monsoon Gray Metallic, Moonlight Blue Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Sepang Blue Pearl Effect…
Towing Capacity: N/A
2018 Audi S5 Engine Specs
Beneath the hood of the 2018 Audi S5 is a lone 3.0L supercharged V6 engine that cranks out a whopping 333 horsepower and 325 lbs. ft. of torque. The cabriolet comes with a seven-speed automated manual transmission system while the coupe comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission system but is still eligible for the seven-speed automated.
2018 Audi S5 coupe 0-60 mph takes about 4.6 seconds, and 5.3 seconds for the Cabriolet.
According to the body mandated to look into fuel economy ratings – the EPA – the manual-equipped coupe should be able to check in at 17/26/20 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 18/26/21 mpg with the cabriolet.