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Preview: New 2018 Audi A5, S5 Are Reasons to Celebrate

Preview: New 2018 Audi A5, S5 Are Reasons to Celebrate

We knew Audi was preparing to bring the new 2018 A5 and S5 coupes over from Europe. What we didn’t know was if the sweet new drive trains would come too. Now we know. And it’s all good news. 

We’ll start with the A5. It will arrive stateside with a sporty six-speed manual transmission option. It will also offer a seven-speed S tronic automatic. Both come paired to a 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder. It delivers 252-horsepower with 273 pound-feet of torque. The 0-60 times are 5.6 seconds with the S tronic and 5.7 with manual.

As for the S5, it’s coming with a new 3.0-liter TFSI V6 powertrain. It powers with 354-horses and an impressive 369 lb-ft of torque. It gets a hot 0-60 mph time of only 4.4-seconds. The super powerful new engine pairs well with a new eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.

audi s5

Both models come standard with Audi’s signature Quattro all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring. The new A5 gets a reworked five-link suspension for improved control. An optional sport suspension can also be selected on the A5. It lowers the model and has anti-roll bars, dampers, and linear-rate springs.  

The cool new design seen in Europe will also come to the United States. That means both models get new exteriors. Look for lines that are lower and wider to the ground. The model features Audi’s signature single frame grille with a longer hood but it comes with a new “power dome” design. Full LED headlights and taillights are offered with new cool “dynamic” turn signals. They’re dynamic in that rather than just blinking they do a fancy wave flow light motion.

audi a5 interior

Inside the models go frankly posh. The S5 shows off a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters. The same goes for the A5, except no flat-bottom detail. Both models come standard with fancy panoramic sunroofs and ambient LED lighting.

The A5 comes with Aluminum Trimaran inlays. The additional choices of High-gloss Brown Walnut or Natural Gray Oak are available for the inlays as well. The S5 comes standard with Aluminum matte and offer Carbon Atlas inlays.

Audi dubs the 2018 A5 and S5 Coupes as true driver’s cars. Both models will arrive in showrooms early next year.

Photo Credit: Audi