Having been a vette owner for years-the price of the new ones compared with new technology being introduced by other automakers made me look in a different direction. I drove new Corvettes, MB, Infiniti, and Lexus. When I finally drove the Audi S5 Cabriolet-I knew it was time to change. The style, the punch of the supercharged engine, the interior design, the technology Audi offers and the limited availability of the S5 Cab made me want one. It is roomy, enough power to cruise with some fun, sounds great and the tech gadgets are incredible.
7 years hundred and twenty thousand miles and neve
written on 11-19-2016
3.0T Premium Plus quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 7AM)
I have owned my S5 since November 2009 and have driven it a hundred and twenty thousand miles both Highway and City driving. The car looks as good today as it did when I first got it. But more importantly the car drives as well today as it did when I first got it acceleration and hides high speed drivability is great. I plan on holding onto it until the new 2018 model comes out. I recommend it for a while.
This is our third Audi convertible and this new S5 is a Superior car to the other two S4 convertibles we had. From the engine performance to the shape of the mirrors. Great car. Just not as fast as our 2009 BMW 335i coupe.
If there's a "secret" launch mode in here, I couldn't find it. In fact, the S5 punishes pedal overlap. Best run was in Drive with "Whack-and-go" technique. Upshifts are amazingly quick and seamless. Linear power delivery throughout rev range and gobs of gut-flattening torque. The V8 sounds better, but is no quicker/faster.
Typically impressive S5 brakes -- firm, fade-free and powerful from first to last stop.
Skid pad: Makes good grip but has awful balance. Understeer, understeer and more understeer...regardless of what one does with the throttle and steering. Slalom: Solid and unflappable but not as impressively responsive as the sedan with Driver Select package. Can feel compromise in stiffness in this test.