Audi has never really put out sports cars that thrill the soul. There have been many impressive sports cars to wear four rings over the years, but all of them seem to have lost the enthusiast vote to brands like BMW or Porsche. Cars like the Audi S4 and S5 have always been great but not as exciting or emotional from other brands’ alternatives. A lot of that comes from the technological detachment that most fast Audis have. Now, though, it seems Audi has fit into a sweet spot, making sports cars that are technological while also being fun enough for enthusiasts to appreciate.
In a recent review of the new Audi S4 and S5 (they’re essentially two versions of the same car so they’re tested to together), Motor Trend said the “S” in S4 and S5 stood for “Smoove”. The idea is that both cars are very fast, very capable and fun while also being comfortable and practical in everyday driving. So while they may not be the canyon carvers that some of its rear-drive competitors might be, their smooth speed and charming looks get ya.
Under the hood of both cars lies the same 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine that makes 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. When mated to an eight-speed automatic, Audi claims the new S4 and S5 are capable of 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. While that’s quick, it ties the same speed as the previous-gen models so both MT and we agree that both of these cars will likely be faster when we get the stopwatches out. Also, MT seemed to think that the new eight-speed auto is about as quick as the previous dual-clutch gearbox in the last-gen model. That’s good news because a lot of enthusiasts were worried about that switch, especially considering the lack of manual transmission option.
Overall, though, it seemed as if MT had some good things to say about the Audi S4 and S5. They seemed to like the Audi S5 better, as its shorter wheelbase and wider wheel track meant slightly sharper steering and handling, though. However, both cars seem to be great overall sports cars that are fun to drive and easy to use in everyday life. They call them smooth. Smooth is fast, right?