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Audi S5 Sportback - Bringing Sexy Back

Slotting in between the standard A5 and the monstrous RS5, how does the S5 measure up?

Date Published: 06 Feb 2018
Audi S5 Sportback - Bringing Sexy Back

Singapore - Before the beastly Audi RS5 lands onto our mitts (very soon we hope), we have already tried every variant of the A5 from the standard coupe, cabriolet and of course the Sportback.

Now if your inner speed demon craves more power without relinquishing the subtle aesthetics of the A5 stable the S5 would be the perfect fit.

Audi S5 Sportback - Bringing Sexy Back

Replacing the supercharged lump from the previous car is a new turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 that pumps 349 horses and 500Nm of torque (from just 1,370rpm) to all four wheels for a sizzling century sprint time of just 4.7 seconds and a electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.

Thanks to a clever eight-speed automatic transmission that mitigates any trace of turbo lag, the new S5 feels more responsive off the line than its supercharged predecessor.

Audi S5 Sportback - Bringing Sexy Back

Audi S5 Sportback - Bringing Sexy Back

Working in perfect harmony with the turbo six, the gearbox is silky smooth and exceedingly quick ensuring an abundance of torque at your disposal right up to its 6,500rpm redline.

On the move the S5 possesses new found agility and nimbleness, while the old car was more of a cruiser, its successor is lighter and slightly narrower, the difference is apparent the moment you show it a couple of corners or high speed bends.

Audi S5 Sportback - Bringing Sexy Back

Audi S5 Sportback - Bringing Sexy Back

Audi S5 Sportback - Bringing Sexy Back

We were pleasantly surprised at how controllable and poised the S5 was now even when driven at the limit; there’s oodles of grip with barely any understeer. The S5 also spots massive brakes that bring the 1,660kg Audi to a halt on a dime every time.

Besides its handling and performance prowess, the S5 also packs a tonne of practicality in Sportback guise with 480-litres of rear boot space and over 1,300-litres with the rear seats folded.

Befitting of its S status, the cabin is standard Audi flair with a series of upgrades like the ultra luxurious yet supportive diamond-quilted leather sport seats, flat-bottomed steering wheel, Alcantara-clad door panels and exquisite trimmings all round.

Audi S5 Sportback - Bringing Sexy Back

Audi S5 Sportback - Bringing Sexy Back

Audi S5 Sportback - Bringing Sexy Back

Audi S5 Sportback - Bringing Sexy Back

Audi S5 Sportback - Bringing Sexy Back

Audi S5 Sportback - Bringing Sexy Back

Other standard stuff include Audi’s Virtual Cockpit that places everything the driver needs on the instrument cluster, a heads-up display as well as ambient lighting.

Now, for a sub-five second car that packs sexy minimalistic lines, four doors, a huge cabin and boot with the handling finesse of a sports car, not many vehicles come close to the Audi S5 Sportback’s repertoire of capabilities.

Audi S5 Sportback - Bringing Sexy Back

Audi S5 Sportback - Bringing Sexy Back

Audi S5 Sportback - Bringing Sexy Back

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