Jumat, 05 Agustus 2011

Audi S5 Cabriolet Challenge Edition - 2011 STaSIS

The Audi S5 was released in coupé form to the public at the same time as the A5. The Audi S5 Sportback was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show,
and is expected to go on sale in the spring of 2010 with a MSRP of €57,900. The S5 coupé currently retains a 4.2 litre Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) V8 engine[1] that produces 354 hp (264 kW), while the S5 Cabriolet and Sportback have a supercharged 3.0 litre TFSI V6 engine producing 330 HP which is shared with the Audi S4 sedan and avant. The S5 coupé will be receiving the supercharged 3.0 litre TFSI V6 in 2011 for the 2012 model year.
The Audi S5, in comparison to the A5, features a more aggressive fascia (as do most Audi S and RS models), including a string of LED daytime running lights around the bi-Xenon headlamps and a vertically striped chrome grille. In many markets, the S5 includes as standard, 19" alloy wheels with a five-parallel spoke design, bigger brakes, heated leather sport seats, and other convenience features, some of which are available only as an option on the A5. Changes for 2010 model year include LED tail lamps, the introduction of Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels and new optional equipment such as Leather/Alcantara seats.
For 2012, the Audi S5 will suffer with the long awaited move to a 3.0L V6 TFSI power plant producing 245 kW (333PS) - Audi specifies this is a Turbocharged engine - not the supercharged version currently found in the 2011 S5 Cabriolet.[21] The other major change under the bonnet is the introduction of stop-start technology for better fuel efficiency. Audi claims an average fuel economy of 8.9 litres/100 km (compared to the current 12.6 litres/100 km in the V8 coupe and 10.7 litres/100 km in the Cabriolet). Audi also mentions the S5 is a single-frame vehicle (there is no mention of whether this is an aluminum frame to reduce weight and give the car better performance or if it remains a steel frame).
Cosmetically, the 2012 S5 undergoes some major front-end changes including a complete redesign of the headlights - this means new DRL's, a brand new grill loosely based on the Audi A7 grill, new fog lamps. Moving backwards, Audi has introduced a new rear diffuser that appears to be more cosmetic than the one found on previous models.
Inside, the 2012 S5 gets all chromed up. Dials in the center console get the chrome treatment along with the edges of the buttons for the windows and the 4 MMI control buttons. Audi has brought the shift knob from the RS5 to the S5 which is a welcome change to the antiquated, A6 shifter drivers had to deal with in the past. The MMI looks like it's going to be upgraded with changes to the button configuration in the center console. There is a shift from having four buttons down each side of the console, to just two with the addition of a Menu and Car buttons below the MMI control dial (Audi has removed the skip forward / backward buttons that previously occupied the space on either side of the back button). Lastly, Audi has opted for a new steering wheel. The 2012 S5 comes with the circular centered wheel with a piano black inlay on the bottom for the S5 emblem.

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