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Steve Got A Look At The 2018 Audi A5 & S5

On the heels of the redesigned A4 sedan are the next-generation 2018 Audi A5 Coupe and its higher-performing S5 variant.

With a reimagining of the power dome and wave-design shoulder line, the new coupe features a wider and lower stance to enhance its athletic appeal.  That sporty character is matched by two new turbocharged engines: a 252 horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder for the A5 and a 354-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 in the S5.

The A5 can be specified with either a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual, the latter coupled with quattro with ultra technology; a new take on Audi’s famed all-wheel drive system utilizing a disconnecting rear axle to improve fuel efficiency when road conditions allow.

All other A5 and S5 models continue with the standard quattro setup biased 60% to the rear wheels under normal driving conditions.  Audi drive select is standard with 4 selectable modes affecting various drivetrain and chassis characteristics.  An optional sport suspension on the A5 lowers the ride height and uses upgraded components while a more sophisticated adaptive damping suspension can be selected and is geared for increased comfort on the A5 and uprated sport on the S5.

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The S5 is also offered with speed dependent variable ratio steering to improve feel. The S5’s transmission is an 8-speed automatic which can be paired with the optional S sport package to provide a more dynamic quattro experience with torque vectoring across the rear axle to further cornering performance when exiting a turn.

Audi claims a 0-to-60mph time as quick as 5.6 seconds for the A5 and 4.4 seconds for the S5.  These cars are the latest to receive Audi’s ultra-modern virtual cockpit with an over 12” display and driver assistance features such as Audi pre sense city, a collision avoidance system with full auto brake at speeds up to 52mph.

Available Adaptive Cruise Control  with stop & go and traffic jam assist combines acceleration, braking and steering guidance up to speeds of 40mph to reduce driver stress.  Pricing will likely start in the mid-$40k.

[vc_message message_box_style=”3d” message_box_color=”turquoise”]By TestDriveNow Auto Critic Steve Hammes for SouthFloridaReporter.com, Nov. 29, 2016 

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