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2018 Audi S5 Coupe 3.0T quattro Test Drive Review

Leading the charge for Audi’s second-generation sports coupe is the athletically styled 2018 S5 with an all-new turbocharged engine.

A wider, lower stance coupled with redesigned performance details means this coupe looks good and moves even better.

Learn more about this seductive machine with a closer look at our 2018 Audi S5 Coupe 3.0T quattro test model.

 

2018 Audi S5 Coupe 3.0T quattro Exterior

Classic lines and coupe styling are reimagined on the 2018 S5, boasting an ultra-clean appearance and athletic feel.

The hood power dome, dramatic character lines, and lower stance further emphasize the performance capabilities waiting to be unleashed. Audi’s signature Singleframe grille also gets a sporty redesign, featuring a wider and flatter shape.

Our test model came painted in a seductive Tango Red metallic color, and was complemented with matching red brake calipers as part of the available S sport package. For an extra touch of flair and performance, the standard 18-inch wheels have been upgraded with 19-inch 5-spoke-cavo design wheels, featuring a contrasting gray/polished finish and wrapped in wider summer tires.

Full LED headlights, daytime running lights, and taillights with dynamic turn signals come as standard equipment, as well as a power sunroof and power folding, heated exterior mirrors.

The 2018 S5 coupe looks elegant and appealing from any angle, and we even caught ourselves doing a double take when we saw another one on the road.

 

2018 Audi S5 Coupe 3.0T quattro Interior

As you open the long doors of the 2018 S5, you’re greeted with a modern and luxurious interior fitted with premium materials and the latest technology.

Our test model featured a redesigned black interior with available Fine Nappa leather, as well as Carbon Atlas inlays that are exclusive to the S5 model. Front passengers are treated to standard S sport seats with contrast diamond stitching, pneumatic side bolsters, and massage functions.

At the center of Audi’s signature wraparound dash, you’ll find a 7-inch color display that communicates all of the vehicle’s information, entertainment, and settings. This high resolution display works in conjunction with one of our favorite in-car control systems, Audi MMI Touch.

Situated just above the gear selector, MMI Touch, features a scroll wheel with touchpad and various shortcut buttons to deliver an intuitive user interface to control music, navigation, phone calls, vehicle settings, and more.

Our 2018 S5 test model also came equipped with the optional Audi virtual cockpit, a gorgeous 12.3-inch digital display that replaces the traditional instrument cluster. The virtual cockpit can be customized to show various vehicle and performance data, as well as an enhanced navigation experience thanks to Google Earth images.

Other interior highlights include three-zone automatic climate control, ambient LED lighting, Alcantara accents, optional Bang & Olufsen sound system, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seatback, and a 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles.

Everything about the interior of the 2018 S5 exudes luxury, comfort, and the ultimate in convenience.

 

2018 Audi S5 Coupe 3.0T quattro Performance

Powering every 2018 S5 coupe is an all-new 3.0 TFSI V6 engine that produces 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of push-you-in-the-seat torque. When paired with the 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, the S5 can reach 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds.

And making sure every bit of perfectly engineered horsepower is transferred to the road is Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel drive system with electronic torque vectoring. What this means is that no matter how you’re driving or in what conditions, the S5 will always deliver the best possible traction and handling, giving you the confidence to tackle the road ahead.

The standard Audi drive select also offers four modes — comfort, auto, dynamic and individual — allowing you to customize the S5’s vehicle dynamics by adjusting gear shift points, steering weight, and suspension damper control.

Our test model boasts a newly developed front and rear suspension for enhanced steering feel and handling, in addition to a Sport rear differential, which is part of the optional S sport package.

Piloting the 2018 S5 is such a satisfying experience — peak torque from the V6 engine arrives low in the revs and rockets you forward or out of corners with confidence and urgency. The vehicle’s responsiveness is so perfect that it feels like the S5 is simply an extension of your own body.

Fuel economy for the 2018 Audi S5 Coupe 3.0T quattro is an EPA estimated 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway**.

 

2018 Audi S5 Coupe 3.0T quattro Safety

For the 2018 model year, the S5 comes standard with the latest in advanced safety technology.

Passive and active safety systems include Audi side assist with pre sense rear, eight advanced airbags, anti-lock braking system with Brake Assist, pre sense basic, pre sense city (low speed collision assist), electronic stabilization control, tire pressure monitoring system, and rearview camera.

All of these intelligent systems work together to help you avoid unwanted situations with early warnings. And in the event of an impending accident, the S5 will help prepare the vehicle for impact by closing the windows and pretensioning the front safety belts.

You can drive with peace of mind knowing that the S5 is always looking out for you.

 

2018 Audi S5 Coupe 3.0T quattro Overall

For those wanting a car with stunning visuals, the best in technology, and effortless performance, look no further than the 2018 S5 Coupe.

Starting MSRP for the 2018 Audi S5 Coupe 3.0T quattro is $54,600, and our test model came well-equipped for $64,750*.

Experience the S5’s exhilarating appeal by visiting your local AutoNation-affiliated Audi dealership.

 

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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