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2008 Audi S5 Review

Luxe Coupe

A three-quarter front view of a white 2008 Audi S5

In short: A sleek performance coupe.

An interior view of a 2008 Audi S5
A view of the headlight on the 2008 Audi S5

Touted as Audi's answer to the M3, the all-new S5 is a performance coupe with the power and panache to compete with the popular BMW speedster. Boasting a 4.2-liter, 354-horsepower V8 engine that is capable of shooting willing passengers from 0 to 60 mph in a speedy 4.9 seconds, the S5 provides rocket-like performance without ever losing its luxury car appeal. With its rock solid feel and responsive all-wheel drive system, the S5 delivers the type of smooth and well-balanced ride that one would expect from a full-size sedan.

Inside the comfortable, decidedly un-coupe-like cabin, the S5's fast and flashy demeanor continues to shine through thanks to its bold red leather upholstery and handsome aluminum trim. Passengers over the 5-foot mark will also appreciate the surprisingly spacious rear seating of this large coupe; however, with a car this fun to drive, we would have to recommend the seat behind the wheel.

A three-quarter rear view of a white 2008 Audi S5

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Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000 mile limited warranty, 12-year limited warranty against rust, 24-hour roadside assistance for four-years/unlimited miles.

Base Price: $50,500 / As Tested: $58,015

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, 2-door coupe

Engine: 4.2-liter V8
Horsepower: 354
Torque: 325 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight: 3,818 lbs
Wheelbase: 108.3 in
182.5/73/53.9 in
Turning circle: 37.4 ft

Brakes: Hydraulic with vacuum power assist, anti-lock control and electronic panic assist; four-wheel ABS

Suspension: front and rear independent, multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar

front, side and head airbags, antilock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control, stability control

0-60 mph: 4.9 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph

EPA City: 14 mpg
EPA Highway: 21 mpg

Gas Guzzler Tax: $1,300

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(Updated: 09/25/12 NW)