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by Matt Campbell

The 2017 Audi S5 Coupe is here to sit atop the A5 range with extra sporting intent and even more equipment.

The all-new S5 Coupe model has done away with its supercharged engine, opting instead for a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder petrol unit with 260kW of power from 5400-6400rpm and 500Nm of torque from 1370-4500rpm. It has quattro all-wheel drive, and a standard-fit eight-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox.

The existing S5, with its 3.0-litre supercharged six, had 245kW and 440Nm, and managed the 0-100km/h sprint in 4.9 seconds.

Audi claims the new model can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.7 seconds – the same as the old V8-powered Audi RS4 could manage, and only 0.2sec slower than the previous-gen RS5 Coupe.

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Fuel use – if you care – is better in the new model, too, with the claim dipping to 7.5 litres per 100 kilometres. Previously it was 7.7L/100km.

That’s all well and good, but the best news for buyers is the price – the all-new model is $105,800 plus on-road costs, where the previous one, which had a lot less equipment ($10K less, according to Audi’s sums), was $122,615.

That pricing puts it bang on the money against a Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe ($105,615) and a touch above a BMW 440i Coupe ($99,900).

This isn’t the hottest A5-derived model, however. There’ll be the all-new Audi RS5 later this year – so if you want the most hardcore version, you may want to wait…

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Standard equipment is extensive, too, with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit 12.3-inch driver information/media/nav/trip unit fitted in all models at no cost, while the 8.3-inch dash-top infotainment screen with MMI Touch rotary dial controller features plenty of goodies like Google Maps display, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, dual USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Audi Connect mobile internet capabilities.

Standard safety kit on the A5 Coupe range is extensive, and includes a 360-degree camera, parking sensors all around, autonomous emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, tyre pressure monitoring, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, an exit warning system that will tell you using the ambient lighting in the door to tell you if there’s a car/motorbike/cyclist coming up beside you, and six airbags (dual front, front side, full-length curtains). It has received the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating, too.

Further, the S5 Coupe gets Audi’s Assistance pack, with adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, active lane keeping, high-speed AEB, turn assist (will prevent you from turning in front of oncoming traffic), distance warning, predictive efficiency assistance (monitors GPS data and adjusts engine for hills, corners), and high-beam assist.

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Audi is offering a range of options for buyers, including the Technik package, with head-up display, Matrix LED headlights, Bang & Olufsen sound system for $5600, and other sporty boxes to be ticked include the quattro sport differential ($2950) and dynamic variable ratio steering ($2210). You can get a sunroof for $2850, and there’s a gloss black exterior highlight package available at $1430.

Check out the full spec-by-spec breakdown below for the four-seat Audi S5 Coupe, and watch for our first-drive review to come on Saturday, March 25.

 

2017 Audi S5 Coupe pricing, plus on-road costs

3.0TFSI quattro – $105,800

 

Specification highlights

19-inch alloy wheels
Adaptive sports suspension dampers
Red brake calipers
LED headlights with LED daytime running lights
LED tail-lights
MMI Navigation
Audi Connect
Digital radio
10-speaker stereo system
Nappa leather seat trim with quilted finish
Front seat heating
Massage functions for front seats
Pneumatic side bolster adjustment for front seats
Electric front seat adjustment with lumbar
Carbon interior trim
Colour ambient interior lighting
Three-zone climate control
Heated exterior mirrors
Smart key
Push-button start
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Illuminated door sill trims
Tinted rear glass

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