2017 Audi S5 – Being in the fold since 2007, it was about time for the Audi S5 to usher in a new generation, and it will do just that for the 2017 model year. With the new generation comes a new, wider front grille, larger corner air inlets on the front fascia, a more muscular hood, and new, thinner taillight units. Inside, the car has gone through a major revamp, sporting an upgraded device cluster, a brand new infotainment display that sits above the center stack, a brand new center console, and redesigned door panels.
2017 Audi S5 Review
However athletic and well balanced this convertible may be, at this cost, it must be equally upscale. When you’re requesting this kind of money for a car so long in the tooth, it’s better to feel special. And the S5 cabriolet does. Our test cars Daytona Grey pearl-effect paint sparkled alluringly in the sun, and the reddish soft top was a pleasant surprise to everyone who saw it in place. The roof also is thickly padded, supplying coupe-like quietness at speed, and there are embedded LED reading lights in the back seating area. Other blessings are back seats that can fit humans and their legs, a one-touch button that drops or raises all four windows concurrently, a quick power-top lowering speed of 14 seconds (17 seconds to lift), and a folding wind blocker that makes even triple-digit cruising a calm matter.
2017 Audi S5 Redesign
By using a blend of lightweight materials and design, Audi claims to have dropped as much as 132.3 pounds, all while raising the sophistication of the cars general aerodynamics. The result is a drag coefficient of just 0.25. According to Audi, the body itself is the lightest in its competitive field, and it’s the segment leader in regards to aerodynamics.
I’ve never been a devotee of how similar Audis S models are to the conventional A models, but at least the new S5 can be differentiated by looking at the front and rear fascias.
As it is possible to see from the images above, the front end sports a new layout. The corners of that unmistakable Audi grille are sharper, while the grille itself seems to be wider and comes with more flat slats running from side to side. Down below, the air inlets are taller and slant down towards the center. A brand new trimming insert adds character to the outside and bottom edges of the air vents. The hood itself is also more muscular, athletic new body lines, but on the side, the largest difference is the redefined body line between the wheel arches. This body line is currently slanted more in the front, giving it a sportier appearance.
2017 Audi S5 Interior
On the interior, we see a significant departure from the previous version. Immediately, the most noteworthy changes include the new infotainment display that’s perched on top of the dashboard and the new layout for the HVAC vents. Since the display is incorporated into the center stack, the dashboard on the new S5 actually sits significantly lower, and the ports are now ordered in a straight line, running from one side of the dash to the other. The instrument cluster was replaced by Audis 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display to go with the 8.3-inch display on the center stack. The dash now has a flat face to it that’s accented in a light gray color, countering the naturally dark ambiance created by the black trimming.
The center console also features a brand new design. The shifter is considerably smaller and was transferred farther back on the console. There are two cup holders up front, virtually below the center stack, and a small control knob for the infotainment system is located between the cup holders and the shifter. In addition, it appears like there is red, neon accenting in the cutouts on the side of the center console that fit the reddish finish off the outside an optional attribute on the A5 that offers up to 30 distinct colors, but may be standard on the S5. With the new design, there is increased space for the driver and front passenger, and the dash layout makes the car feel broader.
2017 Audi S5 Engine
Underhood, the differences are again evolutionary. The first S5 featured a 4.2-liter, naturally aspirated V8. A couple of years back, that was replaced by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6, which in turn has been supplanted in the 2017 S5 by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. The turbo, a dual-scroll unit nestled between the cylinder banks, helps the direct-injection engine make a healthy 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. That power, 21 hp and 44 lb-feet more than its predecessor, is channeled through Quattro all-wheel drive.
The recently developed V6 mated exclusively to a standard eight-speed automatic, which seems like a step backward. Last year’s S5 offered either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. We pressed Audi and got the answer we anticipated: Demand for the stick was nonexistent outside America (go America!) and the dual-clutch could not handle the 44 pound-foot increase in torque.
2017 Audi S5 Price
The cosseting does not finish there, although we should notice that adding all these extravagances will hit the price well above the estimated $55,000 base price. S5s will drive themselves for limited periods on the highway with an optional package, something we were not able to test out since the drive was completely on narrow back roads that felt more like a rally phase at times than a rural highway.
2017 Audi S5 Video
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