Audi S5 Coupe 3.0 TFSI qu S tronic Review
S good S it gets

Story by Raymond Lai Photos by Yang and Raymond Lai
14 May 2012

The stylish Audi S5 coupe not only gets a refreshed exterior but also a new downsized engine and a dual clutch gearbox. Raymond Lai checks it out.

Introduction, styling

The BMW 3 Series Coupe has always been the top choice for years now among those who wanted a compact premium coupe. In recent years though, the two-door BMW has faced stiff competition from coupe models from rival manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

In the case of Audi, its A5 coupe has done more than enough to remove the smirk off the BMW’s face but with the impending arrival of a new F30 3 Series based coupe entering the fray within the next 12 to 15 months, the Ingolstadt brand isn’t resting on its laurels and have recently revised and refreshed the entire A5 range with new styling as well as new powertrains and other mechanical tweaks.

When it was first launched over four years ago, the A5 coupe’s designer, Italian Walter de Silva labeled it as the most beautiful car he’s ever penned. de Silva is no young punk designer that has just started out mind you – he is the man responsible for timeless classics like the Alfa Romeo 156 and 147.

Like the recently updated A4 range, the changes to the two-door A5’s exterior are most obvious up front where the new model gets the latest iteration of Audi’s single-frame grille with beveled edges at the top corners, new headlamps with a distinctive ‘paper clip’ pattern for its LED daytime running lights, deeper air intakes on the front bumper and so on. The changes to the A5’s nose certainly do give it a more contemporary feel and more in line with newer Audi models like the A6 and A1 among others.

The rear features new LED tail lamps that are more similar to the A5’s bigger saloon brethren’s like the A6 and a new bumper while new alloy wheel designs complete the exterior changes on the new model. To distinguish the sporty S5 variant that is tested here from the lesser A5 models, it has been adorned with similarly styled go faster bits as other S models. This includes the deeper front bumper, silver grey egg crate style inserts, aluminium look wing mirror covers, 19-inch double spoke alloys, quad exhaust outlets, subtle boot lid spoiler, ‘S5’ badges on the front grille and boot lid, ‘V6T” badges on the front wings (that replace ‘V8’ ones on the old model) and so on. The go faster bits give the S5 a more purposeful stance over the standard A5 but in true Audi S-line fashion, its more subtle aggression than overtly aggressive or sporty – the title of sportiest looking A5 is reserved for the top=of-the-line RS 5 variant.

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Engine Capacity 2995cc Supercharged
Engine Type V 6
Power 333bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 440Nm @ 2900rpm
Power to Weight 190.3 bhp per ton


Acceleration 4.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed S-Tronic
Drive Type F4


Body Type Coupe
(L x W x H)
(4626 x 1854 x 1372) mm
Wheelbase 2751 mm
Kerb Weight 1750 kg


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs