The Audi A5/S5 is a mid-size two-door that is based on the A4 platform, which was launched for the 2008 model year. It continues on its first-generation platform today, and is offered in both coupe and convertible body styles. There are several changes to the A5/S5 for the 2011 model year. The 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine has been discontinued, the six-speed automatic has been replaced by an eight-speed automatic, and there are several new component and option group changes.
The A5 is offered in four different models: A5 coupe, A5 Cabriolet, S5 coupe, and S5 Cabriolet. All models are well equipped, with standard leather upholstery, air conditioning with automatic climate control, full power accessories, 18-inch alloy wheels, and more. Audi puts many of its options in trim levels such as Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Each trim level builds upon its predecessor.
The Audi A5/S5 is offered with three engine choices. The standard powerplant for the "2.0T" model is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 211 horsepower. A more powerful engine, standard on S5 coupe models, is a 4.2-liter eight-cylinder engine that generates 354 horsepower. The S5 Cabriolet is fitted with a 3.0-liter supercharged six-cylinder rated at 333 horsepower.
The standard A5 coupe models are offered with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic as well as Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive. A5 Cabriolet models come with front-wheel drive and a standard continuously-variable transmission (CVT). coupe S5 models are fitted with a six-speed manual or automatic, while the S5 Cabriolet receives a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission as standard equipment. The EPA rates the fuel economy of the 2011 Audi A5/S5 between 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, depending on powertrain.
The 2011 Audi A5 coupe starts with a base price of about $37,500 and tops out with the S5 Cabriolet Prestige, which starts around $65,500.