Audi S5 4.2 (2007 – 2011), under the beauty, the V8, from 13,500 €

Audi S5 4.2 (2007 – 2011), under the beauty, the V8, from 13,500 €

Audi S5 4.2 (2007 – 2011), under the beauty, the V8, from 13,500 €

What are collectibles?

These are cars of particular interest, therefore worthy of conservation. Not necessarily old, they still exist in defined quantities, either because the manufacturer has decided, or because their production is interrupted. Then, they take advantage of the features that make them particularly desirable: an engine, a chassis, a design or a concept. Finally, they are likely to see their rating increase. One more topic to collect them first of all!

Why is the Audi S5 V8 collectible?

In addition to its superb line that hasn’t aged a bit, the S5 offers a very rare formula in automobile production: large V8 atmo / all-wheel drive / manual gearbox. The kind of thing we won’t be seeing again soon! Very efficient thanks to its 354 HP, the Audi also benefits from the typical finishes of the brand (which are being lost) and a very modern driving safety.

We have already talked about this Audi coupe in this section, both in the A5 3.2 and the RS5. But not the S5, which is still the most interesting and homogeneous of all. How come ? Because with its large naturally aspirated 4.2 V8 and 354 HP FSI direct injection, it exploits all the capabilities of its chassis, composed at the front by a train with five arms per wheel, reproducing the advantages of double triangulation and at the rear. of a multi-link axle, all using the state-of-the-art MLB platform.

Inaugurating the MLB platform in 2007, the Audi S5 is the first sporty version of the A5, the car of which Walter de'Silva, under whose aegis it was designed, is
Inaugurating the MLB platform in 2007, the Audi S5 is the first sporty version of the A5, a car of which Walter de’Silva, under whose aegis it was designed, is “most proud”.

In addition, the engine is set back near the center of the bodywork for better centering of the masses and is necessarily combined with a Quattro all-wheel drive equipped with a Torsen interbridge differential that sends 60% of the torque to the rear by default. This last point should make the behavior on the road less understeer, therefore more dynamic. Moreover, and this is something completely unlikely today, the gearbox 6 is necessarily… manual!

This beautiful data sheet is complemented by an ultimately reasonable weight, 1,630 kg, which makes very high performance possible: maximum speed limited to 250 km / h and, above all, from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.1 s. The same! However, this large coupe, Audi’s first in more than ten years, is not to be mistaken for a sports car. It’s more of a GT, as confirmed by its floating caliper brakes and fairly luxurious equipment.

The wave belt lends something British to the Audi S5 line.
The wave belt lends something British to the Audi S5 line.

Sport seats in leather / Alcantara, three-zone automatic climate control, xenon headlamps and 10 HP audio system are available as standard. However, we hate having to put our hands in our pockets to get GPS, electric chair adjustment or even parking radars when we see the base price. Because the S5, marketed in June 2007, does not sell off, at € 61,800, which corresponds to the current € 72,600 according to INSEE.

Subsequently, a Tiptronic automatic transmission will be offered in 2008 and, from 2009, S5 Cabriolet and Sportback (which means 5-door sedan) will enrich the range but, strangely enough, will replace the V8 with a much less musical supercharged V6 (333hp). This block will replace the 4.2 l FSI at the end of 2011 on the occasion of the slight restyling, taking away much of its interest in the S5 coupe…

Note the four tailpipes that characterize the S5 with V8 engine, so before 2012.
Note the four tailpipes that characterize the S5 with V8 engine, so before 2012.

How much ?

The discount was fierce for the S5, which is in excellent condition starting at 13,500 euros, with almost 200,000 km. At € 16,000 we find some that stick to 150,000 km and at € 20,000 the mileage drops to 100,000 km. Count 25,000 euros for an example with 60,000 km, very rare. Amounts likely to vary depending on the follow-up and options, very numerous in the catalog …

The gray color tends to trivialize the Audi S5 a bit, whose silver-colored elements then blend into the mass.
The gray color tends to trivialize the Audi S5 a bit, whose silver-colored elements then blend into the mass.

Which version to choose?

For the originality of the formula, we will move towards a version with a manual gearbox. That dynamism of lateral conduct is also gained does not hurt anything.

Available as an option, the large sunroof is an advantage when reselling the Audi S5.
Available as an option, the large sunroof is an advantage when reselling the Audi S5.

Collector’s versions

These as usual are the ones in perfect original condition and with a few kilometers, preferably loaded with options. A clear follow-up will be a big plus!

Inherently solid, the Audi S5's V8 fishes through its peripherals: variable intake, coils, water pump ...
Inherently solid, the Audi S5’s V8 fishes through its peripherals: variable intake, coils, water pump …

What to monitor?

Solidly built, the Audi S5 ages remarkably well, which does not mean, however, that its reliability is beyond reproach. Sure, the V8 is fundamentally robust, but the same cannot be said of its leaking thermostat and direct injection, whose high-pressure pumps are one of the weak points. Another is the tendency of this system to induce an accumulation of carbon in the inlet, and sometimes on the valves, which generates misfiring (sometimes attributable to faulty coils, after 100,000 km). A cleaning may not be enough and force to demolish (very rare case said).

Also on the intake side, this dynamic one has valves that eventually wear out (after 150,000 km), requiring an expensive replacement because it requires a lot of labor. When removed, take the opportunity to inspect the engine environment, made much more accessible! Distribution is by chain, but on the box side. Also, when a tensioner or guide starts to weaken, you have to disassemble the engine to replace them, which happens even after 150,000 km.

Frequent oil changes (less than 10,000 km) for the engine delay the phenomenon. The automatic transmission also appreciates an oil change before 100,000 km (just like the Quattro system), while the clutch of the manual group is often to be changed before this mileage, accompanied by the flywheel. The battery is getting low, but overall electricity is not a problem. In short, with rigorous maintenance, which can be expensive, the RS5 is able to achieve very high mileage without major breakdowns.

On the road, the Audi S5, here in 2007, combines great performance and smooth but somewhat clunky behavior.
On the road, the Audi S5, here in 2007, combines great performance and smooth but somewhat clunky behavior.

Guide

Despite its 15 years, the S5 line hasn’t aged at all. Furthermore, that of the current model remains very close! The dashboard design admits its age, but not its execution – it looks like it is carved out of granite. We are very comfortably seated in the sports seat, and if the rear seat remains tight, the driving position is flawless. And in the beginning, happiness: the V8 sounds good. Next ? It is a marvel. It picks up at 1,000 rpm in any gear, then slides you into the seat and flips the switch at 7,000 rpm, screaming. The manual gearbox, pleasant to handle and perfectly staged, is the second ideal.

Beautiful finishing for the S5, with beautiful Sport seats.  GPS and full leather upholstery are options here.
Beautiful finishing for the S5, with beautiful Sport seats. GPS and full leather upholstery are options here.

This set offers pleasure at all times! The frame? It is better than expected. Already thanks to a management that communicates correctly. So it gives a judiciously flexible damping that reconciles good body support and adequate filtration of bumps. Much better than an RS5! In the end, when you run the Audi ESP released on greasy ground, she kindly knows from the kick. Of course, the weight remains sensitive, of course, it has nothing of a scalpel, of course, at the limit, she loves understeer, but the handling is impressive, in all conditions. And the comfort, excellent. In short, a very nice travel car, which swallows its 12 l / 100 km on average. The same.

The young alternative

Audi Coupé GT Quattro (1984 – 1987)

The Audi Coupé GT Quattro benefits from a beautiful 5-cylinder and very practical all-wheel drive on soft ground.  Here in 1984.
The Audi Coupé GT Quattro benefits from a beautiful 5-cylinder and very practical all-wheel drive on soft ground. Here in 1984.

Launched in 1981, the Audi Coupé GT, based on the 80 sedan, is distinguished by its beautiful in-line 5-cylinder engine. Musical more than furious, it rose to 2.2 l to 136 hp during the 1984 restyling, which also brought the famous Quattro all-wheel drive. We then get a coupe capable of carrying 4 passengers on any terrain safely, comfortably and quickly enough, with the car flirting with 200 km / h. Reliable but susceptible to corrosion, the Audi Coupé GT Quattro has become very rare and costs 20,000 euros in very good condition.

Audi S5 (2007), the technical sheet

  • Engine: V8 cylinder, 4163 cc
  • Power supply: direct injection
  • Suspension: double wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bar (AV); multi-link axle, coil springs, anti-roll bar (rear)
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual or Tiptronic, all-wheel drive
  • Power: 354 hp at 7,000 rpm
  • Torque: 440 Nm at 3,500 rpm
  • Weight: 1.630 kg
  • Top speed: 250 km / h (manufacturer data)
  • 0 to 100 km / h: 5.1 s (manufacturer data)

> To find the announcements of the Audi S5, go to the La Centrale website.

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