2008 Audi S5 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Audi S5 - Road Test Specs

2008 Audi S5 Coupe

(4.2L V8 AWD 6-speed Manual)


Model year2008
Style2dr Coupe
Base MSRP$53,000 (estimated)
As-tested MSRP$62,000 (estimated)


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4200cc (256 cu-in)
Valvetrain32-valve DOHC
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)349 @ 7,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)325 @ 3,500
Transmission type6-speed manual


Suspension, frontIndependent, multilink, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelSport Maxx
Tire typeperformance
Tire size, front255/35ZR19 96Y
Tire size, rear255/35ZR19 96Y
Wheel materialalloy
Brakes, frontFront ventilated disc - rear ventilated disc
Brakes, rearventilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.1
0-60 mph (sec.)4.9
0-75 mph (sec.)7.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.3 @ 104.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)110
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)68.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.91
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.5
@ Full throttle (dB)77.2
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.8

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWith ASR/ESP switched off and using 4,500 rpm at launch, we first tried to feather the clutch. The result was acceptable, but the best launch occurred with an aggressive dump of the clutch at 4,500 rpm. Front wheelspin was followed by a stern kick from the rear tires. Shift throws feel long and the slot for 3rd gear feels like where 5th might be. Clutch action is light and engagment is smooth, but action feels damped in some way.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsVery strong brakes maintained throughout the 60-0 mph test. No peaks or plateaus in performance -- very consistent feel. Tried one run using the push-button emergency brake, which brought the car to a gentle halt and yet had substantial effect.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsExtremely well-balanced on the skid pad with no steering corrections required. All that's needed to alter the car's attitude is a change in throttle position. Through the slalom, the steering effort feels a bit too light and disengaged from the tires. When this is combined with quick turn-in, the result is a less-than-telepathic slalom run. Yet the ability to rotate the car at will with the throttle and a heroic power-on drift through the last gate provides Evo-like entertainment. The least Audi-style Audi we've ever driven.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)97
Wind (mph, direction)2

Fuel Consumption

Edmunds observed (mpg)15.7
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.6

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3594
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3807
Length (in.)182.3
Width (in.)73.0
Height (in.)53.9
Wheelbase (in.)108.3
Track, front (in.)62.8
Track, rear (in.)62.2
Turning circle (ft.)NA
Legroom, front (in.)Not available
Legroom, rear (in.)Not available
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)N/A
Headroom, front (in.)36.7
Headroom, rear (in.)36.0
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)52.8
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)16.3
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)Not available


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance4 years/50,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot available
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot available
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot available
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot available
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot available

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