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AutoGuide.com 02-05-2013 05:26 PM

2013 Audi S5 Review
 
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It’s a change more questionable than the song you sang as a kid debating the merits of black socks. For those of you too engrained in adulthood, the song goes something like this: “Black socks, they never get dirty, the longer you where them the stronger they get. Sometimes I think I should change them but something keeps telling me no, no. Not yet.”

Well, as childish as V8s may seem to certain people, it’s hard not to breathe a nostalgic breath when being passed by the 2013 S5’s naturally aspirated predecessor – a car we advised you to buy last year when Audi announced it would retire the eight-cylinder engine.

That’s assuming you’re going to be getting passed, though.

You see, along with hacking away two cylinders, all 325 lb-ft of torque is routed to the car’s four round feet via Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system. That’s several hundred revolutions-per-minute sooner than the sacrificed V8, meaning you’d actually have the advantage from a stoplight.

Audi did send a few ponies to the glue factory this year, though. The supercharged six makes 333 hp at peak output (5500 rpm) compared to 354 at 7000 last year. How frequently both of those figures work into daily driving is between you and the boys in blue, but there’s a good chance you’ll never mind the difference.
Read the complete 2013 Audi S5 review at AutoGuide.com.


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