Great as improved in-car technology is, what’s most exciting about the new S5 is that the 3.0-liter V6 now makes 354 horsepower. That’s the same amount the V8 in the original S5 made, and though I’m sure this new car won’t make nearly as an enjoyable sound, at least it’ll definitely get better fuel-economy. No torque figures were included in the press release, but I’d expect to see a little bump there too, since Audi claims the new S5 will sprint from 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds.
Big question is: will it come with a manual transmission? All that was mentioned was an eight-speed automatic, though, it’s a car that sincerely deserves three pedals. But if we are stuck with just an auto, it won’t be the end of the world, the car still looks fantastic, offers top notch technology, and surely won’t be a bore to drive. Let’s hope that Audi has faith in the American people’s desire to row their own.