• Sep 6th 2007 at 3:04PM
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Audi has finally released U.S. pricing on its new A5 and S5, and those of you looking to get into Audi's newest hotness can do so for the bargain price of $39,900. That's where the base A5 model will start, complete with a six-speed manual, while the S5, sporting the same stick will begin at $50,500. Throw in the six-speed Triptronic auto 'box and both prices swell by another $1,300. Naturally, both models come with Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system, while the A5 finds motivation from the 265 HP 3.2-liter FSI V6 and the S5 gets going under the power of the 354 HP 4.2-liter FSI V8.

You can check out all the options in the press release after the jump, and expect the manual equipped S5s to arrive at dealers in November, while the A5, A5 automatic and S5 automatic will be available in spring of '08.

[Source: Audi]


05 September 2007

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Audi of America, Inc. today announced pricing for the all-new 2008 A5 and S5 coupes. A5 models with a six-speed manual transmission will start at $39,900 and S5 models with a six-speed manual start at $50,500. Both the A5 and S5 have asymmetric quattro® all-wheel drive standard. Destination charges are $775 for both models, and are not included in the base price. Six-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmissions are available for both models and are a $1,300 option.

Manual transmission S5 models will arrive at dealers in November 2007. All A5 models and Tiptronic S5 cars will be available in spring of 2008.

The 2008 A5 is powered by 3.2 FSI V6 engine with the new Audi Valvelift System, and produces 265 hp at 6500 rpm and 243 ft.-lbs. of torque between 3250-5000 rpm. The S5 has a 4.2 FSI V8 engine making 354 hp at 6800 rpm and 325 ft.-lbs. of torque at 3500 rpm. Both engines give the new coupe breath-taking acceleration. The A5 takes just 5.8 seconds from 0-60 mph, while the S5 is an even faster 4.9 seconds.

All coupe models will come with numerous luxury features as standard such as leather covered power front seats, three-zone automatic climate control, in-dash six-CD changer and Sirius® satellite radio, electromechanical parking brake, driver info display, rain and light sensor for automatic lights and wipers, and a leather-covered, multi-function tilt and telescoping three spoke steering wheel. A5 models come with 18-inch alloy wheels while S5 models have 19-inch alloy wheels with performance tires.

The A5 has a comprehensive list of options that enhance the model in styling, comfort, and sportiness. A $1,850 Convenience package includes bi-xenon headlamps, heated front seats, HomeLink®, driver seat and mirror memory, heated, auto-dimming, and power folding exterior mirrors, and auto-dimming interior mirror with compass. For drivers who value performance, there is the $2,900 S line Sport package consisting of more aggressive front and rear bumpers with headlight washers, sport suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, sport seats, brushed aluminum interior trim, black headliner, and S line interior and exterior badging.

Options that are available on both the A5 and S5 include Audi Navigation system ($2,390), 505-watt Bang & Olufsen® audio system ($850), and Audi side assist ($500). Both models also have an available $1,700 Technology package that includes Audi rear parking system with rear-view camera, adaptive headlights, and Advanced key.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Bummer. That's so much more than a 335i via ED.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Stunning car, worth the price. Seen a few in Frankfurt and they are the best looking coupes out there for the money. Plus I think Audi interiors are better than BMW's these days.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I want to like Audi, but regardless of materials quality and ergonomics, this interior is a design nightmare. It's like they were trying to have no style on the interior of the car, instead going for a completely-functional, late-80's-Honda-Accord look that's completely incongruous with the exterior. And the exterior is good except for that weird wavy line that runs down the side that heavily evokes the most recent Monte Carlo.

        Plus it's way overpriced compared to the 335i.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Regarding the engine, it seems pretty ridiculous to me that Audi does not use the 3.6L VR6. It makes up to 300hp in the upcoming Passat R36 I believe, and it would be perfect in the A4, A5 and A6. People used to claim that Audi did not use the VR6 motors because they were too unrefined. Well, that excuse doesn't work anymore, since obviously the 3.2L VR6 has found it's way into the TT, and I think the Q7 has the VR6 is some form also.

      Hello Audi? Look around you - 300hp has become the price of entry for the second tier model in this segment now. The A4 and A5 deserve new motors to match that shiny new exterior so that they can be competitive with everyone else. And if the concern is outshining the S4/S5, well then those cars needs a higher power version of the 4.2L V8. Maybe give them 380hp or so. Or better yet just use the RS4 V8 since that car is going bye-bye for a while, and will likely sport turbos once it returns.
        • 8 Years Ago
        The VR6 doesn't have a variable length intake manifold, it has a variable (unique) resonance manifold. It doesn't have all that much bottom end, and to get to 300ps how much bottom end do you have to give up?
        And it is pretty tall, unless they want to cant the entire engine 45 degrees over.

        To get the VR engine in the previous passat, VW made the VR5. How much longer is the new smaller angle/bigger bore VR6?
        265ps is pretty good. Where is the 7 speed double clutch transmission?

        compare the passat 3.597 VR6 276hp@6200, 265ft-lbs@2750 12:1 premium
        GM 3.564V6 HO 275hp@6600, 251ft-lbs@3200 10.2:1 regular
      • 8 Years Ago
      By the way, when making the price comparisons between the 328/335 and the A5 (or really any BMW against any other car), don't forget to count that BMW is still the only manufacturer that covers routine maintenance while under warranty. The cost of service isn't insignificant.
      • 7 Years Ago
      average of 16MPG for the S5!!! you have to have a hole in your head to buy this car. The 335xi gets average of 20 MPG (25% better fuel efficiency) and has better overall performance! It really shows how much more progressive BMW engines are.
      The Audi is a beautiful car though - It is currently trendy and a little sleaker than the beemer. However, my opinion is that it will not age as well as the 335. Resale value will not hold --- historically, there is proof.

      But people, 16MPG for a car that gets mediocre performance... why not get the land rover sport.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Comparing Audi to BMW, feature- and power-wise, the A5 is roughly equivalent to the 328xi coupe, and the S5 to the 335xi coupe (a mid-2008 model), each of which is a couple grand cheaper (although a bit lighter in horsepower as well; this goes more for the A5/328xi). Styling-wise, I think the Audi beats the Bimmer squarely, although the 3-series coupe isn't exactly an ugly duckling. Given that lots of sales in this segment are made solely on status, though, I think Audi might have a comparatively tough time selling their coupes at these price points.
      • 8 Years Ago
      YouFaceTheTick seems to have erectile dysfunction
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think this car is going to be a big smash and will hurt the BMW M3 sales. I look forward to seeing one in the flesh! Just look at what owners already have on the A5 Owners Club site:

      • 8 Years Ago
      Audi is still not there with BMW in terms of driving dynamics (I own an '07 A4 and previously had an e46 328i). But I really like my Audi for what it is (great build, interior, good performer) and currently much less expensive. Pricing it so close to a great performance car without matching its performance is a mistake.

      After the lease is up I'll be getting a 335i coupe.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't see how anyone can really be shocked by the pricing. The current A4 3.2 quattro, the closest thing in the lineup to the A5 3.2, currently starts at $37,500, about $2,400 less than the A5. It's reasonable to assume, however, that the next-gen A4 (coming out next year, based upon the A5 chassis) will go up by $1k. So the price difference between the next-gen A4 3.2 and the A5 will likely be around $1.5K, which fits the tradition of coupes costing a bit more than their sedan counterparts.

      That doesn't mean that Audi doesn't need to get their engineers doing overtime to get a better engine than the 3.2 in the A5/next A4 stat; it's pretty ridiculous that BMW and Infiniti so seriously outgun Audi (and Mercedes, with their 3.5L engine). And it's not like the 335xi pays a penalty at the pump for it's extra power; in fact, the 335xi gets 2 mpg better city mileage than the A4 3.2.
      • 8 Years Ago
      hmmm, was expecting base of ~34k not 40. U can get a g35/bmw3/lexus
      Dunno, since they wont be out until next year it gives me time to save up, and if the TDI gets here I will prolly pull the trigger.
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