2011 Audi S5 Exclusive

I’ll be the first admit that I’ve never really liked the S5. It felt as though Audi could have done better and didn’t. It’s always looked fat, flat and uninspired to me, and that’s not helped by the engine selections or the color pallet. When it first emerged it immediately seemed to me that it was a direct copy of the E92 BMW, but with much less exciting engines. Don’t get me wrong – the E92 isn’t my favorite BMW design, either. But it somehow managed to have more presence than the A5/S5 duo in pretty much any iteration – especially so when it came to the vibrant M3. It was almost primed to take on the E46 M3, but when the 414 horsepower V8-laden E9x emerged, the S5 was immediately second fiddle. It’s sole trump card over the M3 was that they came standard with all-wheel drive. That’s about it.

So what’s one doing here? Well, occasionally in the sea of gray, dark gray, light gray, black, dark black, silver, light silver or white S5s, a really pretty one emerges for sale. Case in point: this Audi Exclusive Glut Orange example. Suddenly the S5 makes a lot more sense – why didn’t they sell them ALL in this color?

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Sprint-off: 2011 Audi S5 v. 2008 Audi RS4 Cabriolet

Blue is my favorite color. I know, this doesn’t really come as a surprise; I think I wax and wane all the time about the special blues that are available from different manufacturers. Whether it was my own Coupe GT’s original Oceanic Blue Metallic or my Passat’s Ink Blue Pearl Effect, there’s just something that’s very special about the glowing, bright and vibrant blues. Audi made a bold change to their blue around 2005; with the mid-year refresh to the B6 chassis, the new B7 discontinued the very popular purple-blue hue of Nogaro. Now, that color had been around in various forms since the RS2, and was closely associated with fast Audis – so it was a big deal. The new color, Sprint Blue Pearl Effect (LZ5F), was pretty and shiny but somehow changed the character of the fast Audis. Maybe it was time for a change, or maybe it was the wrong move – personally, I think a new RS7 in Nogaro would be pretty stunning. But the new hue was also a hit and offered a rare splash of color in Audi’s otherwise conservative grey/silver/black lineup. Today I have two of the faster Audis offered in this shade; about the same mileage, both 6-speed manuals, and both with the 4.2 V8, would you take the S5 Coupe or RS4 Cabriolet?

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2009 Audi S5

As depreciation continues to work its wonderful magic, there are a number of excellent cars falling into the sub $30k range which is the cap of what I consider to be reasonable at this point in my life. If you’ve got $30k to spend on a car then then the field is wide open, E90 M3s, 987 Caymans and the B8 S5 are all options. At that price point they’re most likely not the garage queen you dream of but clean, mechanically solid examples with relatively low miles are out there. I think this particular car is one of those examples, and with just under 70k on the clock it looks to have been well cared for. I guess that’s what starting life as a corporate fleet vehicle in California will do for a car.

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2011 Audi S5

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Auto show season is in full swing, and for the first time in my life I can’t remember being this unenthusiastic about the current lineup of new vehicles. The cars I came across at my local show that I could envision driving daily numbered less than ten. Sure, some may call me old fashioned, but styling across the board seems contrived these days and the amount of technology jammed into cars these days is too much for my tastes. However, there are some bright spots. One of my favorite new cars of recent memory is the Audi A5. This coupe embraces good clean design. Kick it up a notch for the S5 and you’ve got brawn under the hood to match the beauty. Add a wild color you say? Well, this Glut Orange S5 is sure to polarize opinions, but I love it.

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2008 Audi S5

Since it’s launch, I’ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the S5. From an enthusiast standpoint starting with 1980s Audis, the S5 on paper sounds like a dream; 340hp V8 mated to a 6 speed manual driving all four wheels in a grand-touring coupe. But when I saw the S5, to me it just looked too big and too heavy. I wasn’t a fan of the big grill look, the chrome bits, or the winky-eye LEDs. Since then I feel that the S5 has grown on me or I’ve softened, because I think it’s aging fairly well all things considered. Five years on, I’m still not a fan of the LEDs and I think the post 2010 refresh really improved the look, but there is no denying that the earlier cars can be had for a reasonable sum and offer a lot of car for the money. Case in point is today’s 2008 model:

Year: 2008
Model: S5
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 77,787 mi
Price: $ 26,980 Buy It Now

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2008 Audi S5 Quattro 6Speed

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2008 Audi S5 Quattro Coupe

NAVIGATION ! PANORAMIC SUNROOF ! LEATHER ! XENONS ! ALLOYS !

BANG & OLUFSEN SOUND SYSTEM

COLD WEATHER PACKAGE ! PDC

QUATTRO ALL WHEEL DRIVE

MANUAL 6 SPEED TRANSMISSION

REAR CAMERA ! KEYLESS GO

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LIMITED NATIONWIDE WARRANTY

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UNLIMITED MILES NATIONWIDE WARRANTY

70+ PICTURES BELOW AFTER DESCRIPTION

THIS CAR IS LOADED WITH THESE OPTIONS:

NAVIGATION WITH VOICE COMMAND

PANORAMIC SUNROOF WITH POWER SLIDING GLASS

XENON HEADLIGHTS

TELESCOPING STEERING WHEEL WITH CONTROLS

CRUISE CONTROL

DUAL ZONE AC AND HEAT

ALARM SYSTEM WITH KEYLESS ENTRY

FULL LEATHER INTERIOR

PARK DISTANCE CONTROL

QUATTRO ALL WHEEL DRIVE

KEYLESS START GO

REAR VIEW CAMERA

POWER LEATHER HEATED SEATS WITH MEMORY AND LUMBAR

PREMIUM BANG & OLUFSEN SOUND SYSTEM WITH CD AM FM SAT RADIO WITH IPOD CONNECT

PARK DISTANCE CONTROL

POWER WINDOWS AND MIRRORS

FOG LIGHTS

TRACTION CONTROL

PREMIUM ALLOY SPORTS WHEELS

TINTED WINDOWS

6 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION

MUCH MUCH MORE SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT !!!

Wednesday Wheels: Quattro Audi Favorites

Much like Volkswagen, Audi went from a fairly conservative wheel lineup through 1995 to some of the best looking wheels on the market. Consequently, there have been countless knockoffs that have sprouted up at budget prices; they always look appealing price wise, but never seem to perfectly replicate the original wheels. For my money and car, I’d always choose the OEM options over the replicas, which means looking to the used wheel market instead of brand new wheels – luckily, there are lots of folks who like to remove their high-quality great looking wheels for something…well, not OEM. Take a look at today’s offerings from Audi then:

Year: 2002-2003
Model: RS6 Celebration
Diameter: 18″
Width: 8.5″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 30
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $1,099 Buy It Now

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4 Genuine OEM Audi RS6 wheels off of my Black RS6 (I am riding on black Aftermarket wheels).

All Center caps are included (normally $70 each at Audi Dealership – I had to buy one for this listing)

These must go – I need to pay a bill or two.

TO CHECK PRICING – LOOK AT THIS AUCTION FOR 1 WHEEL – http://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-OEM-Audi-RS4-2003-RS6-18-18×85-ET30-Wheel-Rim-4B3601025R-/161064533900

YOU CAN HAVE A MATCHING SET FOR A GREAT DISCOUNT!!

The RS4 and RS6 wheels are undoubtedly one of the most knocked-off designs, and poor quality versions adorn everything from budget beater A4s to Golfs. Audi even knocked off it’s own wheel, with the “Celebration” wheel that appeared on both the A4 and S8, but the real deal big-offset wheels are the ones to get if you can fit them. These are great looking wheels with only a light amount of damage at a great price. Looking for something a little better and more cutting edge?…