Test Drive: 2018 Audi S4 + S5

by Sue Mead

A snaking, high-desert highway march is a ideal exam of a all-new 2018 Audi S4 and S5—cars that are spawned from a petri-dish of their ultra-high opening stablemates, a Audi R8 and RS. (To clarify: a German automaker’s nomenclature for sedans, coupes and roadsters starts with a volume-leading bottom “A” models, and afterwards imbues them with sports-minded looks and some-more pushing impression and labels them “S.” The top-level fliers, penned with race-themed cues and hardware, are injected with lightning-quick mojo and a “R” moniker is applied.) We put a newest S4 sedan and S5 coupe models to a exam opposite roughly 200 miles on a collection of roadways that started in Palm Springs.

After updating a renouned A4 sedan and A5 coupe models final year, Audi has now launched a Teutonic fan S4 and S5 siblings for 2018. At initial peek they might seem similar, though any S indication facilities bespoke pattern differences, as good as specifically tuned powertrains, and a collection of lush options that give a indication a possess turn of prestige. The sedan seats five, while a coupe and automobile versions lift four.

On a outside, there’s neat sheetmetal that has been redesigned with a few new thespian shapes, creases and frail wraparound lines that stress a vehicles’ length, while robust circle arches intensify a sports-minded interest of customary 18-inch (optional 19-inch) wheels. Up front, a S4 wears full LED headlights with LED daytime using lights, and a wider and agree chronicle of Audi’s single-frame grille with aluminum-optic double-blade bars. LED taillights, S-model-specific quad empty outlets, and a behind case lid spoiler punctuate a back. Notably, a S5 is both wider and reduce with a series of updated elements; a some-more distinguished energy gush on a hood is meant to stress a jaunty prowess. Red stop calipers are accessible with a competition package and raise a alluring style.

Inside both models is a three-spoke, flat-bottom and sport-designed multifunction steering circle with change paddles, and a three-zone involuntary climate-control system, and eight-way energy front seats with four-way energy lumbar composition for a driver. Lush, sporty seats underline contrariety solid stitching, pneumatic side bolsters, and a massage function. The S5 coupe adds a breathtaking sunroof, ambient LED lighting (available with adult to 30 tone settings), and aluminum matte brushed or accessible Carbon Atlas trim inlays. Reinforcing Audi’s repute for cutting-edge technology, both models offer a Virtual Cockpit with a 12.3-inch display, MMI Touch with scratch recognition, and a full-color Head-up Display. The Virtual Cockpit in a S4 facilities a “sport” arrangement mode that places a tachometer and speedometer to a front and core of a arrangement and adds a boost sign and path timer.

Standard facilities in both models embody a 7.0-inch tone motorist information arrangement and a 7.0-inch TFT tone core infotainment display; also enclosed are Audi Smartphone Interface with Siri Eyes Free integration, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Available Audi Connect mobile applications support remote services such as remote close and clear capability; online automobile finder; and curfew, speed, and cheuffer alerts.

Both cars exaggerate a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that swaggers with 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Along with an eight-speed Tiptronic involuntary delivery that can be activated by steering-wheel paddle shifters, this multiple asserts a energy in a lissome manner. These vehicles can strech 60mph in 4.4 seconds with a tip speed of 155 mph. All models are versed with customary Quattro all-wheel expostulate that is engineered with active torque placement to both axles.

Audi’s newly grown front and behind aluminum cessation provides both a sporty pushing knowledge and some-more comfort for prolonged distances—like a expostulate by a Sonoran Desert. The redesigned, lightweight front (S4 and S5) and behind (S5) five-link cessation promises larger steering pointing and handling. Other advantages of a new cessation complement and updated wiring embody customary Audi Drive Select with 4 opposite modes—comfort, auto, energetic and individual—that adjust rigging change points, steering, stifle response, check control and adaptive journey control. An discretionary Sport Adaptive Damping Suspension with a new cessation control section (S competition package) uses program and sensors for optimal cessation and damping control, while accessible Dynamic Steering offers a non-static steering ratio that adjusts formed on car speed and a Audi Drive Select mode setting.

We gathering both a S4 and S5 and, nonetheless a coupe sheds dual doors it’s a parasite some-more round on a scales. It was a adored float and felt lighter on a feet. While weaving by a desert, we felt protected and cosseted within a luxury-laden, high-tech interiors of both models as we cut by a sourroundings with accurate and predicted handling. Audi’s “Hot V” twin-scroll turbo cranks out energy starting during 1,350 rpm and changed a new Ss with alacrity; rather heavily-weighted steering followed a indicate and goal in a pleasant fashion, while a mechanicals and wiring supposing behind-the-scenes superintendence in a demeanour that brought assurance—and excitement.

The five-passenger S4 sedan and four-passenger S5 coupe are accessible in dual trim levels. The S4 Premium Plus starts during $50,900 and a S5 Prestige starts during $54,600 (for those who suffer top-down motoring, a automobile chronicle of a S5 starts during $62,300). Destination fees supplement $975.

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