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By Tim Pollard
03 June 2008 15:30
Audi has just about the most bewildering array of transmissions of any car maker – and it’s about to get more confusing, with the launch of a twin-clutch version of the S5 coupe. We’ve just driven the seven-speed S tronic S5 to bring you this first CAR review.
Across its burgeoning range, Ingolstadt now offers manual transmissions, Tiptronic automatics, CVT Multitronic gearboxes, an R-tronic automated manual in the R8 supercar and an ever-broadening choice of twin-clutch transmissions badged S-tronic (formerly DSG).
It’s a new seven-speed S tronic ’box that we’re here to test on the svelte S5 coupe. It’s the first time anyone’s tested this transmission, that’s bound for a range of future Audis.
So far, Audi has only offered its twin-clutch transmissions on its smaller, transverse-engined cars (remember the world’s first, the TT back in 2003?). That gearbox comes in two forms: a seven-speeder, dry-clutch affair for engines rated up to 184lb ft, and a six-speed, wet-clutch one for models rated up to 258lb ft.
Now with the launch of this seven-speeder, the same technology is available on bigger quattro models whose engines are mounted longitudinally. It’s a new wet-clutch application designed entirely inhouse by Audi and can be fitted to most of the company’s larger cars.
Click ‘Next’ to find out how the new S-tronic gearbox performs on the road
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Audi S5 7-speed S-tronic (2008) CAR review
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RE: Audi S5 7-speed S-tronic CAR review
I don't agree. The big V8 is what make cars like these so desirable. I don't know anyone who dreams about diesel... People buy them only because they are cheaper. If You can afford S5, and You don't care about fuell consumtion, You will never even look at 3.0 tdi no matter how good this engine is. Diesel will NEVER give You V8-like rumble, and it simply is not cool to drive a diesel.
07 June 2008 16:39
After the Initial interest in this model the RV is now falling quickly, no one want V8 engines and I can't for the life of me see jusy why all the major players are still running with this theme of V8, even with High PSI Injection the economy figures don't add up.
Regardless of what gearbox this car gets sales will be low, and RV very poor.
06 June 2008 11:07
Externally looks great - much better than the 3 Series Coupe, from the rear at least. The interior lets it down though. It may be well made, hewn from solid, etc., but where's the simple elegance of previous models gone. It's starting to look overdesigned, like so many oriental cars. In this area, BMW has the S5 licked. Finally, who really cares about big petrol V8s at the moment (or big V6s)? Unless your an oil tycoon, the real world motors are the deisels, so lets see some twin turbo small capacity oil burners Audi. BMW and Merc are leaving you behind.
04 June 2008 08:54
I had a close up look at an Audi A5 3.0TDi quattro in my local stealers last week. Close up i have to say it is a stunning looking car. It was Pearlescent black with 19" wheels. The pics of this car really dont do it justice! I didnt think much of it until i saw it up close. Its low, wide, and looks much more expensive than it is. Im now considering getting one - well, when the A5 2.0TDi is launched.
04 June 2008 06:00
Another white one!! Agree the S5 looks hellishly like the A4 saloon, in white at least, but that's the formula for sales success BMW have proven.. and Audi wants in on the action. I'd certainly like to see the differentation a little stronger but the S5 V8 with its deep grill sure turns heads. Excellent job Audi.
04 June 2008 02:46
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