2018 奥迪 A5 and S5 first drive review: Sibling rivalry renewed

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奥迪'A4为其美国销售部门带来了培根's no denying the stylish spin-offs that give the compact-car family its panache: the 奥迪 A5 and S5.

These 奥迪 twins vie for attention at the dinner table. Between bites, the sleek A5 catches up on the #RichKidsOfInstagram hashtag. At the other end of the table sits the S5, flexing its muscles and espousing the benefits of a paleo diet. 

At their core, they're the same car, and they're both clear descendants of the A4 that 奥迪 itself calls its "重心。”但是他们不能有更多不同的个性。

On paper, the latest versions of the A5 and S5, new for the 2018 model year, look like their predecessors. Even in person, they're somewhat difficult to discern from the outgoing models. But as follows 奥迪 tradition, the differences are in the details. 

首先,两款汽车都配备了更新的发动机和不同的变速箱。在A5中,这意味着2.0升涡轮增压4缸发动机的额定功率为252马力,扭矩为273磅英尺,而S5则通过3.0升双涡轮增压V-6发动机,额定功率为354 hp和369 lb,提升了赌注-英尺

这两个数字都比上一个对提高了20%。这些双胞胎加上节食后的体重减少了约100磅,因此他们的运动方式显然更加运动。奥迪的Drive Select系统又回来了,使驾驶员可以选择转向,油门,换挡以及在合适的情况下自适应的悬架参数。

更多:阅读我们的 2017 奥迪 A4 first drive review

All told, 奥迪 will offer a bundle of suspension settings on the duo. The A5 will be sold with "touring" shocks, "sport" shocks, or adaptive dampers. Opt for the S5, and 奥迪 will offer even stiffer sport shocks or differently tuned adaptive dampers.

传递风味的种类要小一些。 A5配备了标准的6速手动或7速双离合自动变速器,但尽管运动型定位,S5还是专门配备了8速自动变速器。去年的变速杆S5咬了灰尘。在欧洲,A5看到了更多的汽油和柴油发动机,但美国的发烧友应该欣慰的是,无论到哪里,都不会有手动的2018奥迪S5。嘿,至少我们并没有否认所有很棒的东西。

On any setup, 奥迪's quattro all-wheel-drive system is the only option. The stick-shifted A5 2.0T will use 奥迪's new quattro ultra, which decouples the rear axle to save fuel when not needed—say, in a straight line at highway speeds.

Underneath, the cars utilize the same updated version of 奥迪's MLB architecture that underpins the 2017 奥迪 A4. The similarities continue inside with a dashboard, center console, and bags of technology lifted directly from the A4. Despite their nomenclature, the A5 and S5 are simply two-door versions of the A4 and S4, respectively. 

2017 奥迪 A5 first drive

2017 奥迪 A5 first drive

2017 奥迪 A5 first drive

2017 奥迪 A5 first drive

2017 奥迪 A5 first drive

2017 奥迪 A5 first drive

但是,由于它们较宽的腰腿和更详细的头灯和尾灯组件,它们看上去确实比轿车更具回味。不,它们不会像梅赛德斯-奔驰C级双门跑车那样吸引您的注意力,但是A5和S5看起来更强劲一些,以匹配其提升的功率输出。不,没有人会把它与道奇Vi蛇相混淆,但是更强壮的引擎盖和更清晰的细节使它们看起来更有趣。

由于采用了新平台,汽车发动机的安装位置比以前稍微靠后,从而减少了即将推出的车型的前鼻感。至关重要的是:尽管外观很性感,但以前的A5和S5跑车比运动型轿跑车要少。该特性仍然存在,尤其是在相对较软的A5中,但S5大大提高了赌注。 

轻松的骗子

诚然,我们在这两个方向盘后面的时间主要限于在葡萄牙波尔图周围的葡萄园中进行狭窄,粗糙的人行道,但我们的确对S5印象特别深刻。

即使在其最牢固的Drive Select设置Dynamic下,S5仍可以更舒适地吸收车辙的地形,而不会影响其固有的运动性能。它的电动助力转向系统提供了可观的道路感觉,而不会因为太重而轻易摆脱困境,更好地享受绝对分类的底盘。

Throttle the S5 and it roars to life, the red tachometer needle swings rapidly to the right before the 8-speed fires off some of the fastest shifts we've seen from a conventional automatic. That said, the S5 utilizes 奥迪's version of the well-received ZF 8-speed gearbox seen in countless other cars; but this may be its best home yet.

尽管S5的前端比C-Class或BMW的4系等后驱车更容易钻入坚硬的角落,但S5的驾驶乐趣十足。我们渴望试用梅赛德斯的新C43,但S5通常设法使BMW 435i像昨天的新闻一样。 

更多:阅读 汽车连接's 2017 奥迪 A4 review

即使乍一看这两辆车根本无法区分,A5的目标买家也不同。它的2.0升发动机发出令人尊敬的咕,声,这种性能在几年前就值得超级跑车使用。尽管采用了双离合变速箱,但双门轿跑车仍感觉更加放松和舒适,并享受着安静的奔忙。

It is in the A5 that we appreciated the substantial sound deadening efforts 奥迪 has put into its latest compact range. Certainly not a mere highway cruiser, the A5 may strike the best balance between performance and livability, not to mention price, of the two for most buyers. 

Pricing isn't out, but 奥迪 says to expect only a modest increase over A5's current price of $40,500, and $53,100 for the current S5.

但这是同级竞争,每个氏族成员都在炫耀自己的优势。在等待大兄弟RS 5回家时,现在将土豆交给我们。

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