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2009 Audi S5: Pretty Pictures Edition

July 24, 2009

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Just a few shots from last night plus a couple of random musings...

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I'm addicted to the sound of the S5's V8, especially down low. It reminds me of the Formula One pace car's growl and grumble in a sea of high-rpm shreiks. For a moment I am Bernd Maylander. Even in the middle of a Southern California heatwave, I'm driving with the windows down -- just to hear the muted baritone symphony of the exhaust.

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It's even pretty underneath. Audi made the engine bay aesthetically pleasing without resorting to plastic cladding to hide the mechanical bits. Just look at those intake channels -- like fiercely interlocked fingers.

If you haven't guessed by now, I'm smitten with the S5. It's the answer to, "What if the Germans built a Mustang?"

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 5,822 miles

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