2010 Audi S5 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Audi S5 - Road Test Specs

2010 Audi S5 Coupe

(4.2L V8 AWD 6-speed Manual)


Model year2010
StyleQuattro 2dr Coupe AWD (4.2L 8cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$54,525
Options on test vehiclePrestige Package ($5,700 -- includes navigation system, color driver info display, Audi music interface, voice control, Audi rear parking system with rearview camera, adaptive headlights, advanced keyless start/stop, Audi side assist, Bang & Olufsen premium sound system); Audi Drive Select ($3,950).
As-tested MSRP$64,175


Drive typeAll-Wheel Drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4,163cc (254cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)11.0
Redline (rpm)7,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)354 @ 6,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)325 @ 3,500
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission type6-speed Manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 3.667; II:2.053; III: 1.423; IV:1.065; V:0.853; VI:0.730; R:3.400; Final:3.889


Suspension, frontMulti-link
Suspension, rearMulti-link
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.5:1
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelSP Sport Maxx GT
Tire typePerformance front and rear
Tire size, frontP255/35R19 96Y
Tire size, rearP255/35R19 96Y
Wheel size, front19 x 8.5
Wheel size, rear19 x 8.5
Wheel size19 X 8.5
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)1.9
0-45 mph (sec.)3.4
0-60 mph (sec.)5.2
0-75 mph (sec.)7.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.5 @ 102.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)110
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)66.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.92
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.2
@ Full throttle (dB)72.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.1

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsPrefers slipping-clutch launches, but you only get a few before it begins to smell, but never slips. First gear is pretty short, shifts are at the mercy of the clutch damper, but gates are easy to find. Throws are a little rubbery/notchy. Long linear "legs" in comparison to the R8 that feels much sharper, snappier.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsStrong brakes, medium-firm pedal, very good fade resistance, little dive in "dynamic" mode.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling comments"Skid pad: With ESP off, the S5 can be steered with the throttle (e.g. lift to tuck the nose in). Steering is light and not very informative. With ESP on, the throttle closes and drives around with the gas on the floor. Slalom: Little minute brake application with ESP on, then throws the anchor. Best run was tidiest run with as little upset as possible. With ESP off, it gets loose but is always catchable. Still, the quick run was the cleanest/closest to the cones. Steering is quick, precise but lifeless, hates the hop!"

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)74.3
Relative humidity (%)51.6
Wind (mph, direction)4.1 (H)

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)14 city/22 highway/17 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)16.4
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,891
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,924
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)56.6 / 43.4
Length (in.)182.5
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.)37.4
Legroom, front (in.)Not Published
Legroom, rear (in.)Not Published
Headroom, front (in.)39.1
Headroom, rear (in.)36.0
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)52.8
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)16.1


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance1 year/5,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront and rear
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemPre-collision safety system
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested
IIHS offsetNot tested

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