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      10-21-2007, 07:17 PM   #1
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Review of the S5 from a Z4M and 335I coupe owner (with pics)

Just a bit of background info. I have owned many 2+2 sport coupes including a G35 coupe and 335I coupe which I think both have many similarities. My M roadster although different in that its not a 2+2 it’s a benchmark with the old M3 motor and it’s a great performance vehicle. I got to take the S5 out by myself with my fiancé without anyone from the dealership, which allowed me to test out the car. Let’s start with the interior… I loved it! I thought the carbon fiber was a great touch and the slight angle the nav screen is at really makes the driver feel like you’re in a cockpit. From the passenger seat I would rather be in a 335I because I feel like I can control some of the settings in the car. Seeing that no one is going to buy a car for how the passenger feels accommodated with the gauges and settings I loved the S5 setup. The leather felt great and everything flowed.

The back seat did not look like it had that much room for passengers. I’m just a hair over 5’5, I didn’t have the seat very far back and it was tight legroom back their. The way the parking brake engages is also very cool, it’s with a switch almost how a window would go up and down, I liked that idea a lot. When I started the car up it was very quiet. Pulling out of the dealership I was confident this was going to be a blast, however I quickly found disappointment when I got out on the open road.

The motor and engine are very quiet even redlined, which is 6k (I believe). The clutch is very long and the transitions through the gears did not feel as good as my Z4M. The low end torque was pretty decent but my biggest disappointment with this car was on the highway where I felt like my G35 could have been at its side. A 335I would walk it and my Z4M isn’t even a fair comparison. The S5 hit 100mph at about the time my Z4M would be rounding 125MPG. The low redline of the V8 really took a lot of the fun out the fun I was expecting to have, even with the windows open and no music on. Which brings me to my next dislike… the sunroof. When you first see the car you’re turned on by this large glass panel on the roof however look closer you will find it doesn’t open! It only tilts!! So Audi decided to put this giant piece of glass in the car, weight it down by putting all the moving parts in to open it and it doesn’t even slide open!!

Another dislike was the radio. The car I drove was loaded with the upgraded audio and nav plus with a MSRP of 58K+ and the stereo had no mid and no bass, not something id expect out of a $60k was with an “upgraded stereo”. The handling was also not up to par with my M but is much more comparable to the 335I’s handling. The car didn’t want to be pushed around an onramp faster than 50MPG that I can take with my M at about 65 MPG. The features I liked the best about this car was the back up camera that appears on the large nav screen, I like that idea better than backup sensors, and I love the LED’s in the headlights. From a distance it makes the car look like an R8.. in person this looks awesome! However overall at the end of the ride this car just didn’t do it for me. I started up my M, put sport mode on.. pulled out of the dealership a ear to ear grin appeared on my face, which never happened once in the S5. For 10k less you can get a loaded 335I (or even XI now) with the same performance out of the box, similar handling, a better stereo system, and more music from under the hood and exhaust.

If this car is going to be competing with the new M3, im hoping for Audi’s sake they come out with some spectacular lease programs. Sales rep told me the first one they sold leased out for $1150…. I asked him what planet did the guy come from.



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Review of the S5 from a Z4M and 335I coupe owner (with pics)

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      10-21-2007, 07:36 PM   #3
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i gotta admit looks wise (both stock) - i prefer it over the 335i. interior is way better also.

but the performance and feel of a 335i was what gets me
 
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hey thanks for the write up, i had interest in S5 but after reading this and hearing alot of the same things you mentioned about this ride, im done with the S5
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Whatever you say about the driving experience you have to give props to Audi for the looks...
This car is absolutely beautiful.... That first shot you took almost made me drool.... Wow
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What a beauty this car!!! Speechless every time i see a picture.
Can't wait to see it in person.
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      10-21-2007, 08:55 PM   #9
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Guys, just read the post. There's seriously no point in posting "wall o text"...give him a break lol.

btw, nice review. I spotted some funny errors, what with the mph mixed with mpg and whatnot lol. I'm surprised that it felt that slow.
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S5 is heavy. Drove one too, and it felt like a boat compared to both 335i and M. Altho the 335i feels like a boat compared to the z4m
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I love everything about the S5 except the tilt sunroof. I mean c'mon, that's so fucking ghetto and cheap.

Is Audi really that stupid? I mean, seriously, WTF?

I haven't seen a tilt sunroof since the 80s.

Aside from that, and its lack of speed, I love the car.
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Thanks for the review, paragraphs would help next time though.

The looks of the S5 have grown on me. At first I thought, yuck. I drove past one today and must admit it looks very nice, especially from the rear.

Glad to hear it was not a very engaging drive, I was wondering how it would compare to the E92 M3, it is around AUD$20,000 cheaper here.
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THE S5 IS NOT AN M3 COMPETITOR... okay, sorry I am sick of people comparing two cars that clearly dont have relatable specs.
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THE S5 IS NOT AN M3 COMPETITOR... okay, sorry I am sick of people comparing two cars that clearly dont have relatable specs.
Seems that no matter what car it is, people will compare the 335i and M3 to every car on the planet.
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Seems that no matter what car it is, people will compare the 335i and M3 to every car on the planet.
agreed
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use paragraphs and put spaces between them. i cant possibly read the review. thanks for pix tho
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Edited for you pansies.

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Just a bit of background info. I have owned many 2+2 sport coupes including a G35 coupe and 335I coupe which I think both have many similarities. My M roadster although different in that its not a 2+2 itís a benchmark with the old M3 motor and itís a great performance vehicle. I got to take the S5 out by myself with my fiancť without anyone from the dealership, which allowed me to test out the car.

Letís start with the interiorÖ I loved it! I thought the carbon fiber was a great touch and the slight angle the nav screen is at really makes the driver feel like youíre in a cockpit. From the passenger seat I would rather be in a 335i because I feel like I can control some of the settings in the car. Seeing that no one is going to buy a car for how the passenger feels accommodated with the gauges and settings I loved the S5 setup. The leather felt great and everything flowed. The back seat did not look like it had that much room for passengers. Iím just a hair over 5í5, I didnít have the seat very far back and it was tight legroom back there.

The way the parking brake engages is also very cool, itís with a switch almost how a window would go up and down, I liked that idea a lot. When I started the car up it was very quiet.

Quote:
"Pulling out of the dealership I was confident this was going to be a blast, however I quickly found disappointment when I got out on the open road."
Pulling out of the dealership I was confident this was going to be a blast, however I quickly found disappointment when I got out on the open road. The motor and engine are very quiet even redlined, which is 6k (I believe). The clutch is very long and the transitions through the gears did not feel as good as my Z4M.

The low end torque was pretty decent but my biggest disappointment with this car was on the highway where I felt like my G35 could have been at its side. A 335i would walk it and my Z4M isnít even a fair comparison. The S5 hit 100 mph at about the time my Z4M would be rounding 125 mph. The low redline of the V8 really took a lot of the fun out the fun I was expecting to have, even with the windows open and no music on.

Which brings me to my next dislikeÖthe sunroof. When you first see the car youíre turned on by this large glass panel on the roof however look closer you will find it doesnít open! It only tilts!! So Audi decided to put this giant piece of glass in the car, weight it down by putting all the moving parts in to open it and it doesnít even slide open!!

Another dislike was the radio. The car I drove was loaded with the upgraded audio and nav plus with a MSRP of 58K+ and the stereo had no mid and no bass, not something I'd expect out of a $60k was with an ďupgraded stereoĒ.

The handling was also not up to par with my M but is much more comparable to the 335Iís handling. The car didnít want to be pushed around an onramp faster than 50 mph that I can take with my M at about 65 mph.

The features I liked the best about this car was the back up camera that appears on the large nav screen, I like that idea better than backup sensors, and I love the LEDís in the headlights. From a distance it makes the car look like an R8.. in person this looks awesome!

However overall at the end of the ride this car just didnít do it for me. I started up my M, put sport mode on...pulled out of the dealership a ear to ear grin appeared on my face, which never happened once in the S5. For 10k less you can get a loaded 335I (or even XI now) with the same performance out of the box, similar handling, a better stereo system, and more music from under the hood and exhaust.

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"For 10k less you can get a loaded 335I (or even XI now) with the same performance out of the box, similar handling, a better stereo system, and more music from under the hood and exhaust."

If this car is going to be competing with the new M3, I'm hoping for Audiís sake they come out with some spectacular lease programs. Sales rep told me the first one they sold leased out for $1150ÖI asked him what planet did the guy come from.
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Settle Gretel

When buying a car, a purchaser has the right to compare any car to any car.

I compared everything from the Subaru WRX to the GT3 when deciding on the M3, some comparisons take less time than others, but there is nothing wrong with comparing cars when making a personal purchase.
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The S5 hit 100mph at about the time my Z4M would be rounding 125MPG.
Your Z4M gets 125MPG? Is it electric?
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awesome man. it's much easier to read now
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I really like Audi's a lot and I think the S5 looks great. I won't be trading my 335 for one though..

Thansk for the review.
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