Audi S5 a handsome car
The Audi S5 is the spiritual successor to the quattro of the 1980s. The rapid, svelte two-door coupe is a handsome beast that cuts quite a dash on the road.
It shares its 4.2-litre V8 engine with the Audi S4 , although the Five sees power increased by a useful 16bhp to 349bhp. That means a 0-62mph time of 5.1 seconds and a top speed limited to 155mph.
There?s Audi A4 levels of space in the front, but space in the rear is limited, although this is predicable given its coupe configuration. And there?s a 455 litre boot, which is just five litres smaller than that of the BMW 3 Series Touring.
Running costs aren?t far off the faster BMW M3, which although costs ?10,000 more new, matches the Audi S5 for fuel consumption (22.8mpg) and is rated just one insurance group higher. And there?s nothing to split them on road tax either ? the S5?s CO2 emissions of 288g/km are lower than the M3?s 295g/km, but its really academic as they both fall into tax band F, which costs ?400 a year.