The S5 is the sport version of Audi's A5 coupe and comes with a more powerful engine and other performance upgrades.

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The S5 uses a direct injection 3-liter V-6 with an Eaton supercharger, delivering 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.

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The coupe design of the S5 is subtly beautiful.

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All S5s come with Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive.

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An optional Sport Differential dynamically diverts torque across the rear axle to help with cornering.

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Ample trunk space makes the S5 a fine touring car for two.

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Sport seats are comfortable without being too confining.

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Rear seats are functional but cramped.

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An electric power steering system makes for precise inputs but is tuned for a light feeling.

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Audi sticks with traditional analog gauges for the S5.

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The six-speed manual transmission comes standard in the S5.

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Audi's cabin electronics system starts with this home screen, showing all the major function areas.

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DriveSelect changes the S5's programs for different driving characteristics.

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Navigation includes online destination search through Google.

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Audi integrates Google Earth with its navigation system.

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Other connected features include fuel prices, weather and nearby landmark information.

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The S5 offers typical hands-free phone features.

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Among the S5's audio sources, these SD card slots are actually among the easier to use.

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Other audio sources include Bluetooth streaming and the car's own hard drive.

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Bluetooth streaming for audio shows track information, but offers no control over music selection.

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The standard audio system includes 10 speakers, but a Bang and Olufsen 14-speaker system is optional.

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The back-up camera shows trajectory and distance lines.

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