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The Audi S5 first appeared on the scene in 2007, initially dropping cover as a coupe alongside its more pedestrian sibling, the A5. Two years later, at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi introduced the S5 Sportback, a five-door model promising greater practicality in a still-sporty package, plus the open-air S5 Cabriolet, both of which went on sale for the 2010 model year. A mid-cycle refresh arrived in 2013, including new technology, styling, and powertrain updates. Now, it’s time for a new generation to take the reins, and as such, Audi has unveiled the 2017 S5 Cabriolet, rounding out the new A5 lineup with a sportier soft-top iteration of the compact luxury two-door. The next gen brings with it slightly larger dimensions, tweaked styling, a sleek interior packed with gadgets, a more powerful turbo six-cylinder, an updated rear suspension, and new systems for safety and convenience.
Being the best in this segment takes style and attitude, mixing the fun of unlimited headroom with a decent punch when you press on the loud pedal. Keeping up with the technological Jonses is also critical, with competition from Europe and Japan vying to impress in the cabin as well. Does the new S5 have what it takes to compete?
We last got a glimpse of the 2017 Audi S5 this past April, when our spy photographers caught a test mule making the rounds at the Nurburgring. As expected, the look doesn’t change all that much for 2017, with the Four Rings carrying over the majority of design cues originally penned by Walter Maria de Silva for the first S5 Cab. That said, there are a few notable differences between the previous and new generation.
Let’s start in front. That characteristic three-dimensional Singleframe grille was reshaped for 2017, and now gains a shorter, wider appearance than before. The old seven-slat insert is gone, replaced by six flat slats stretched horizontally across the nose. The headlights were also reshaped, gaining a slimmer, narrower appearance without the lower embellishments of the previous generation. The housings are still outlined with daytime running lights, but the highlights are relegated to the top of the light. The headlights use Xenon elements as standard, but LEDs and matrix LEDs with dynamic turn signals (front and rear) are an available option.
The lower bumper was reshaped as well, with a lower character line that stretches into the side intakes, neatly framing the corner fog lights with broader silver trim. Up top, we find heavy creases that give the front end a “power dome” appearance.
Inside the new S5 Cabriolet, you’ll find the usual Audi sportiness and luxury. The steering wheel uses a flat bottom and comes with a variety of buttons at thumb’s length on the sides. The gauge cluster is an analog unit as standard, but digital gauges can be had for extra outlay (more on that in a second). There’s also a “continuous air vent strip” that stretches across the dash. Mounted high and center is a tablet screen, while a splash of hard buttons and knobs are in the center console. The pedals use brushed metal, while the standard partial-leather seats offer nice side bolsters for spirited driving support.
It’s a nice amalgamation of top-shelf materials and horizontal layout, and there are new color schemes as well. Long story short, it’s a solid continuation of Audi’s traditional cabin qualities.
Seating capacity is still capped at four, with two in front (including passenger) and two in the rear. Dimensionally, the extra space outside translates into more space inside, especially when paired with the new S5’s more efficient seating design. For example, shoulder room was increased by 26 mm (1.0 inches) for passengers in front, while knee room in the rear increased by 18 mm (0.7 inches). All the exact figures are still forthcoming, but you can check out the competition’s numbers in the chart below.
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JL Wrangler Forums suggests the next-generation Wrangler will be restyled in an evolutionary way that maintains the off-roader"s classic looks yet adds new features. The forum used intelligence from spy photos and leaked images to assemble renderings of the new Wrangler.
They show that the front end is still classically Jeep, but with modern updates. The LED headlights and turn signals revealed in FCA drawings are noticeable changes. An interesting touch is just behind the rear bumper, where there appears to be an air dam for aerodynamics. There"s still a gap between it and the front fenders to keep the old-school look intact. The grille, windshield, and hood are also more raked for the sake of aerodynamics.
At the back, the lights follow the FCA drawings as well, though the reverse lights from those illustrations appear to be absent. The square taillights are also shown on the truck variant, along with the plastic fender flares of the SUV version. Spy photos of the Wrangler pickup have shown a streamlined box with integrated taillights akin to the Ram, but it"s likely to be a placeholder until the final design is selected. The sides of both models also feature more squared-off details in the top and door handles, generally with beveled corners for a more modern look.
The top is where things get fuzzy. The new model might lose its removable top altogether, in favor of removable panels similar to the Jeep Renegade. JL Wrangler Forums illustrated how this could work in the above image. The roof can be removed in sections, and the rear-most windows can also be taken out. The overall effect is similar to that of a current Wrangler Unlimited. There is a potential drawback to this system, though. All of these hard panels will have to be left somewhere. And unlike the current model, this one wouldn"t have a soft-top back-up when the weather turns. It"s hard to say for sure if this design will make it to production. FCA has consistently and effectively hidden this part of its Wrangler prototypes since they were first spotted. At this point, we can only speculate on how the top will function.
Otherwise, these renderings seem plausible, and we should know how accurate they are when the Wrangler makes its expected debut next year. The new Wrangler will likely have some aluminum body panels, an 8-speed automatic and an available diesel powertrain. For more details and spy photos, check out our post that has assembled everything we know so far about the 2018 Wrangler.
The News On Autoblog.com - 2017 Audi S3 First Drive - The 2017 Audi S3 is a car without equal. That might end up on a billboard, but it"s actually meant quite literally, as in the S3 has no direct competitor. Other compact luxury sedans, of which there are few, can"t match its performance. The BMW 2 Series has two doors, plus it"s rear-drive. The bonkers Mercedes-AMG CLA45 is on another power and price planet altogether. The mechanically related VW Golf R isn"t a luxury car and has a hatch instead of a trunk.
And so the S3 exists as an oddity. But it"s a fun oddity, and a well-made one too. For 2017, it receives a number of noteworthy changes to keep it fresh and technologically relevant. Most also apply to the 2017 Audi A3, the car on which it"s based, which itself gets a new 2.0-liter turbo four base engine in place of the old 1.8-liter. Paired with front-wheel drive and essentially a variation of the Quattro model"s carry-over 2.0-liter, it produces 186 horsepower (up from 170) and returns 29 mpg combined (up from 27).
That revamped A3 wasn"t on hand for the press drive in Durham, North Carolina, so we were not-at-all stuck with the 2017 S3. Its own 2.0-liter turbo four is unchanged, still pumping out 292 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. Audi says it"ll hit 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, which is a full second quicker than the 220-hp A3 Quattro as well as about a half-second quicker than the Audi A4 Quattro. That bonkers CLA45 is around the four-second mark.