Posted Apr 8th 2012 4:00PM
The recent Vancouver International Auto Show played centre stage to Audi Canada for the reveal of its updated Audi S5 Coupe to eager media and potential buyers.
The popular two-door hardtop has been given a relatively significant refresh for 2013, with many of the same changes that the more comfort-oriented A5 Coupe received earlier this year.
Specific to the S5, a revised hexagonal single-frame grille with a platinum-gray insert and horizontal chrome struts is bookended by new sharply creased wedge-shaped headlight clusters, for a look that when combined with its revised front fascia, featuring air inlets featuring a new honeycomb grille pattern and dual chrome garnish surrounding new angular fog lights, shows a clear progression over the outgoing model. Moving past the new aluminum-look exterior mirror housings, a revised rear fascia incorporates a diffuser with an aluminum-look blade and dual-branch exhaust system finished off with four elliptical tailpipes joins updated LED taillights, while new exclusive crystal-effect colours include Estoril Blue and Prism Silver.
Read on for all the updates to this upscale coupe from Audi.
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Likewise, the S5 interior builds on the new A5 design with similar sport-oriented upgrades as the previous S5, such as Alcantara/leather sport seats; Nappa leather is optional as are climate-controlled comfort seats with perforated Milano leather surfaces. A multifunction leather-wrapped sport steering wheel with the S5 logo can be had with an optional flat-bottomed rim, new for 2013. Gray-faced dials with white needles and aluminum-look hubs deliver Audi's traditional high style to the upgraded gauge cluster. The stock S5 also gets brushed aluminum inlays, although Carbon Atlas, gray-stained birch wood, stainless steel mesh or piano finish interior trim is available.
Under its long, elegant hood is a standard 3.0 TFSI V6 turbocharged engine boasting 333-horsepower. Thanks in part to a 7-speed dual-clutch S-tronic transmission with steering wheel paddle-shifters the S5 is good for zero to 100 km/h in only 4.9 seconds and a top-speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph). If lighter on the throttle, Audi claims only 8.1 liters of premium juice required to travel one hundred kilometers.
Following in Audi performance-car tradition, Quattro permanent all-wheel drive adds traction via standard 18-inch wheels and tires made more capable from an upgraded S-sport suspension, which incidentally drops the S5 10 mm (0.39 inches) lower than the A5.
Electromechanical power steering is new to the A5/S5 family, and according to Audi is responsible for up to 0.3 L/100km of fuel savings. The new steering system works in harmony with new active lane assist. The S5's 11.4-metre (37.4-foot) turning circle isn't exactly tight, but is nevertheless better than some competitors.
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