Car and Driver Finds 2018 Audi A5 a "Class Leader": How Does 2018 Audi S5 Compare? Motor Trend Might Have an Opinion

The lean toward "favorably" would be an understatement – just as for the 2018 A5 and S5 curve-commanding performance prowess. For drivers taking to the San Francisco area, each Audi sportster promises a next-level drive-time worthy of its 2018 redesign.

"The best stuff is inside" 2018 Audi A5, says Car and Driver, and we at Audi Burlingame can agree, as a turbocharged 252-horsepower 2.0 TFSI® 4-cylinder engine packs plenty of promise for peeling out of San Mateo and the Bay Area with performance pushing 273 pound-feet of torque.

A5's seven-speed S Tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission "yields a 65-pound weight savings," too, so not only can we count on gearshift efficiency that's smooth and seam-free, but A5 remains lithe for the cruise, keeping even the all-road capability of quattro® all-wheel drive. Plus, 2018 A5 showcases Audi drive select among what Car and Driver calls its "dynamic skills," a system comprised of three modes tailoring the drive performance to your predilections, along with a five-link front and rear suspension keeping the road feel limber by nature.

Step up to 2018 Audi S5 and spot takes on a new definition, which Motor Trend lauds as, among other praises, "quick," "seamless," and full of "throttle-blipping matched-rev downshift" panache, with "distinctive ride qualities" owing in part to a turbocharged 3.0 TFSI® twin-scroll turbocharged DOHC V6 engine with an Audi valvelift system.

Horsepower graduates to 354, and 369 pound-feet of propulsive torque proves, per the expert reviewer, "not insignificant" and in delivery of "relentless" acceleration up to the redline. Assistance from a smooth-operating eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission complete with quattro® all-wheel drive should prove helpful to that end, along with dynamic steering capability for Audi drive select and a new S Sport suspension upgradable to one with active damping. In all, 2018 S5 shows itself as capable of cutting across the landscape and through weather as it is of cutting a striking pose while doing so.

But it's as they say: 'the truth is in the eye of the beholder," and the sibling 2018 Audi A5 and S5 experience is one best beheld from behind the capable wheel. Stop by Audi Burlingame today here at 1010 Cadillac Way, and we'll introduce you to what the experts and we saw in a new model year of new drive horizons.

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