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  • Apr 10, As many swivel-necked passers-by can attest, the new Audi S5's sharper, more geometric lines cut a clean but striking profile.

    The Audi S5 is powered by a new turbocharged engine and is now available in a hatchback called the S5 Sportback. The Audi S5 is the performance variant of the A5, slotting below the larger S7 hatchback. EPA fuel economy ratings are 21/30 mpg city/highway for the S5 Coupe.

    Jan 31, Stylish, versatile models like the Audi S5 Sportback make it even harder to Audi S5 Coupe Review: The (Two) Doors of Perception.

    Numb steering; gets pricey fast. Inspiration came from the Audi Coupe of the early s in sculpting the profile and the proportions. Fact is, this 3. Automobile Newsletter Join today! Inside the S5 Sportback offers 2.

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    If you think sedans are struggling in the new-car dating market, try being a coupe: That epidemic of loneliness finds coupes making up a record-low 2. Even among luxury cars, where these personal-reward cars once proliferated, only 3. Who wants a two-door when you can have equivalent style and performance in a more-practical body style?

    The new A5 and S5 Sportback models take handsome cues from the larger A7 family, including a roomy, smartly-disguised cargo hatch.

    These appealing Sportbacks give Audi shoppers yet another reason to bypass two-door versions. The Audi is still a handsome car, with its rippled, aluminum power-dome hood, trademark Singleframe grille, optional full-LED headlamps, and taillamps with sweeping, dynamic LED turn signals. But this S5 is more discreet and conventional than its predecessors And to this critic's eyes, the Sportback, with its curling roofline and longer proportions, pulls off that wavy-sided look better than the Coupe.

    S5 delivers the luxury goods; back seat riders will need the power seat-slider buttons on headrests. As ever, coupe style enacts a penalty in back seat and cargo space. Climbing into the rear first requires using a power button to slide front seats forward; that goes double for escaping. This is where the Sportback models press their big advantage, with about 2. Numbers are kinder to the engine and performance. Fact is, this 3. If a V-8 Mustang or Camaro makes its motivation angrily, the Audi does it effortlessly, surfing a cool wave of power the instant you tip into the throttle.

    The brakes, including six-piston calipers up front, are among the best and strongest in class. And where the former dual-clutch automatic was a skosh snappier in paddle-activated mode, it was also lumpier at slow speeds around town. The outstanding eight-speed Tiptronic torque converter automatic proves its contributions via not only smoothness, but acceleration numbers too. The Audi smokes mph in 4. Ford is claiming a sub And Mercedes cites 4. Point being, the Audi is seriously fast and capable, but doesn't do so by sacrificing ride comfort as some hardcore coupes do.

    I dialed every Drive Select mode up to their highest Dynamic setting and never felt the need to dial them down, even on cratered Brooklyn streets. Yet the Audi would be no fan of Nicholas Sparks's melodramas, or the potboiler style of American pony cars: There's not a ton of driving emotion here, no running mascara in the form of tire smoke, and no rear wheels flirting with danger by sliding near their limits.

    The Audi stays cool and collected at all times. It claws the pavement with about 0. Fun New York State Fact: That brings us back to the Sportbacks. In any vacation zone or driving playground, the S5 Sportback will romp just as effectively, but with lots more space for people and stuff. That's partly thanks to a 3,pound curb weight, just 88 more than the coupe. There are still coupe enthusiasts who are happy to sacrifice two doors and bonus space, even if their ranks are clearly dwindling.

    And I commend them for their selfishness, for helping keep the coupe and convertible dream alive. Another rider in the Audi cavalry is coming, one that might adjust my view: That RS 5 should sound a serious charge as well, adopting the twin-turbo, hp, 2. I'll bet old Deutsche marks to doughnuts that the Audi gives even that hotted-up new Mustang GT a tussle in a drag race.

    Hmm, which of those models would I want, and which will Americans prefer? Email him at Lawrence thedrive. By Lawrence Ulrich January 31, Turbo V-6 with "hot vee" layout spins up horses, pound-feet of torque. Quattro AWD gets a boost from a torque-vectoring electronic differential. A mile per hour run in the half-mile drag is quite impressive from a year-old Audi. Would you pay Shelby GT money for a li'l Audi, even one with horsepower?

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