Audi built its all-wheel-drive reputation on the rally success of its original Quattro of the 1980s. The new S5 (the performance model of the A5) is, in many ways, the spiritual successor to that car.
It shares the four-passenger coup layout – but, more important, it’s got the right moves. Our S5’s 264 kW 4,2-litre V8 was hooked to a sixspeed manual – good for 0 to 100 km/h in about 5 seconds. The shifter’s light throws made it easy to slip into and out of gear quickly. We worked the gears quite a bit during our week with the S5, running canyons in the countryside almost every day. It is blessed with tremendous balance and grip. The whole car feels more connected and organic than any Audi, save the R8 supercar.
Design is subjective, but just about everyone we met fell hard for this coup. It’s a stunner. But don’t expect it to be a cheap date.