There are a variety of transmissions available on the 2010 S5. The V8 coupe can be paired with the standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic with manual shift control (called Tiptronic by Audi). The convertible comes only with a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.
The V8 coupe can get from a standstill to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds with a manual transmission, slowed to 5.1 seconds with the automatic. The V6 cabriolet also takes 5.1 seconds to get to 60, even with the extra weight.
The new V6 engine improves upon the fuel efficiency of its V8 brother. The coupe gets 14 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 17 mpg combined with a manual transmission. The automatic transmission improves the efficiency slightly, to 16 city, 24 highway, and 19 combined. The new V6 cabriolet gets 17 city, 26 highway, and 20 combined. With a 16.6 gallon fuel tank, the S5 coupe has a range of 282 miles with a manual and 315 miles with an automatic. The cabriolet will go 332 miles between fill-ups.
In a segment where looks matter as much as performance, the elegant S5 stands out as one of the most attractive cars in its class. With a powerful engine to match its impeccable looks, the S5 is a serious contender in this market.