2017 Audi A5 and S5: The Difference is in the Details

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
2017 audi a5 and s5 the difference is in the details

If you’re looking for a revolution in design, you won’t get it from the next-generation Audi A5 and S5.

Audi unveiled its redesigned personal luxury coupe last night, following a glitzy light show at the automaker’s Ingolstadt, Germany headquarters. The 2017 versions of the A5 and performance-oriented S5 give traditional German luxury car buyers exactly what they want — more room, more power, and design changes that don’t go over the top.

Now riding atop the company’s MLB evo platform, the coupes have grown in length, wheelbase and track, while shedding about 132 pounds.

In the styling department, Audi didn’t stray far from the script. The new models sport a careful evolution of the previous design, now with more creases and contours. The grille grows in width, and Matrix LED headlights add some front end jewelry to the shapely body.

The new models have better torsional rigidity than their predecessors, along with upgraded steering and a redesigned suspension featuring driver-actuated damper control.

Because it was a European reveal, not every engine listed will find its way to North America. The existing lineup of engines was massaged by Audi’s engineers to gain power (a 17 percent overall increase, the automaker says) and efficiency, but the big news is the upgraded mill under the hood of the S5.

The turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 makes 354 horsepower and 368.8 pounds-feet of torque, giving the S5 the grunt to make the 0–62 mile per hour run in 4.7 seconds.

Buyers have a choice of six-speed manual, seven-speed dual-clutch, and eight-speed automatic transmissions, depending on the model and powerplant. Every technology upgrade Audi could rustle up — especially in the area of automated safety features — is included in the new model.

The next-generation A5 and S5 goes on sale in Europe this fall, and should appear on American shores next year.

[Images: Audi AG]

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  • Trend-Shifter Trend-Shifter on Jun 04, 2016

    We should be celebrating the lower hood line. Maybe the trend of tall front ends can be reversed.

  • Sgeffe Sgeffe on Jun 04, 2016

    Does this at least have a sliding sunroof, or still only a pop-up piece?

  • SPPPP The little boosters work way better than you would expect. I am a little nervous about carrying one more lithium battery around in the car (because of fire risk). But I have used the booster more than once on trips, and it has done the job. Also, it seems to hold charge for a very long time - months at least - when you don't use it. (I guess I could start packing it for trips, but leaving it out of the car on normal days, to minimize the fire risk.)
  • Bader Hi I want the driver side lights including the bazl and signal
  • Theflyersfan One positive: doesn't appear to have a sunroof. So you won't need to keep paper towels in the car.But there's a serious question to ask this seller - he has less than 40,000 miles on some major engine work, and the transmission and clutch work and mods are less than 2 months old...why are you selling? That's some serious money in upgrades and repairs, knowing that the odds of getting it back at the time of sale is going to be close to nil. This applies to most cars and it needs to be broadcasted - these kinds of upgrades and mods are really just for the current owner. At the time of sale, a lot of buyers will hit pause or just won't pay for the work you've done. Something just doesn't sit well with me and this car. It could be a snowbelt beast and help save the manuals and all that, but a six year old VW with over 100,000 miles normally equals gremlins and electrical issues too numerous to list. Plus rust in New England. I like it, but I'd have to look for a crack pipe somewhere if the seller thinks he's selling at that price.
  • 2ACL I can't help feeling that baby is a gross misnomer for a vehicle which the owner's use necessitated a (manual!) transmission rebuild at 80,000 miles. An expensive lesson in diminishing returns I wouldn't recommend to anyone I know.
  • El scotto Rumbling through my pantry and looking for the box of sheets of aluminum foil. More alt right comments than actual comments on international trade policy. Also a great deal of ignorance about the global oil industry. I'm a geophysicist and I pay attention such things. Best of all we got to watch Tassos go FULL BOT on us.