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2013 Audi S5 Ownership & Review

2013 Audi S5 3.0T Coupe

2013 Audi S5
2013 Audi S5 - Front - Photoshop - Manchester, Connecticut - EuroDrift
2013 Audi S5 - Front - Photoshop - Manchester, Connecticut - EuroDrift
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In the summer of 2012, Audi released their new 2013 re-styled B8.5 Audi S5 3.0T Coupe into the market. The 2013 Audi S5 3.0T Coupe included body and interior styling alterations as well as brand new LED headlights. On top of this, it sports a 3.0 Liter V6 supercharged TFSI engine unleashing 333 Horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque.

In anticipation of the release, I placed a down payment on a fully loaded 2013 Audi S5. This includes the Adaptive Cruise Control and Audi Drive Select. It even has the rear shade which is rare, according to the local dealership.

Arrival of the S5 to the U.S.

I chose the car in the color of Phantom Black Pearl with a black and magma red interior. I waited anxiously all summer for the vehicle to arrive. During the last weeks of August 2012, the beautiful and marvelous Audi S5 entered my life. Easily, it became the best car I ever owned. (compared to a 2007 Audi A4 2.0T and a 2010 Audi S4 3.0T which were both great cars as well).

Modifications & Specifications

Initially, I wasn’t completely sure about the magma red interior but I absolutely fell in love with it upon delivery. The color combination looks absolutely stunning on the car, especially with the 19” wheels. I quickly obtained my first mod of tinted windows, which has been a must since my first car and I truly love the increased appeal (at least in my view) of the vehicle. After that, I went ahead and purchased quite a few other mods over the next 20,000 miles including:

  • Audi Black Styling Package Grille
  • Audi RS5 Interior Door Handles
  • Audi S5 OEM Bi-Xenon E-Code Headlights
  • AWE Resonated Downpipe System
  • AWE Stage 2 Performance Pulley Kit
  • AWE Tuning S-FLO Intake System
  • AWE Tuning Touring Edition Exhaust System
  • ECS Tuning 15mm Wheel Spacer Kit
  • ECS Tuning Billet Aluminum Oil Filter Housing Cap
  • Eurocode Alu Kreuz Billet Aluminum Drivetrain Stabilizer
  • EuroGear DEVAL Carbon Fiber Front Lip Spoiler
  • EuroGear DEVAL Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser
  • I.A.C. Stage 1 Performance Software
  • H&R Front & Rear Sway Bars
  • H&R OE Sport Springs
  • Höen Endurance (Yellow) Fog Lights
  • Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 Asymmetric XL 255/35R-19 Tires (Winter)
  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport XL 255/35ZR-19 Tires (Summer)
  • MTC Engine Oil Dipstick
  • WeatherTech FloorLiner (Winter Purposes)
  • Window Tint

Before & After the Modifications

Before the mods were on the car, it felt as if the suspension had some roll during cornering which I personally disliked. This led me to purchase suspension mods such as springs and sway bars to alleviate the roll – which it did phenomenally. The front and rear carbon fiber enhancements provided an increased sporty look to the vehicle making it even more visually appealing. Although the engine mods are mostly hidden under the hood, the power increase is probably 100+ crank horsepower for peak numbers. Especially if considering that the tune alone adds 71 wheel horsepower as well as 32 lb.-ft. of wheel torque on 91 octane fuel (please note: these numbers are based on power to the wheels, not at crank). On top of that, I personally only use 93 octane or above for my car as respect to this powerful beast. I also prefer 0W-40 oil as used in Porsche V6 and V8 models.

Daily Driving the S5


I drove this car as my daily driver, running typical errands and using it to commute into town for work through horrendous traffic. The only downside of commuting to town, on top of traffic, was that I couldn’t hear the exhaust rumbling up the RPM gauge sitting in dead stop traffic – and those potholes, but those are avoidable (hopefully). I honestly thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this car from its looks to its power to its entertainment system. I have been the proud owner of my car since the summer of 2012, and I am approaching my 5th year with the car at over 40,000 miles. It has completed road trips for me from my hometown to places such as Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Orlando, Stowe, and more. The car even completed, with no trouble, two non-stop voyages from Florida to the northeast of the U.S. at 12 hours and 17 hours respectively – which I will never recommend to anyone. I drove the entire time and I felt it each time for days.

The B8.5 Aud S5 is Reliable, Safe, & Overall Fun to Drive

I personally have a strong passion for this vehicle as it has truly been a part of my life for almost five years. It participated in everything from meeting my significant other to completing road trips nationwide. If you’re looking for a great car, the B8.5 Audi S5 has proven reliable, safe, and overall fun to drive. I do not regret the decision to go from the S4 to the S5 and I am glad I did so. I’m also glad I decided on a red interior as at first, I was skeptical. The car, especially with the mods, is a stealthy powerhouse and receives attention everywhere I drive it. As a passionate automotive enthusiast, the S5 has filled my desire for a sporty daily driver.

Audi RS5 Tests Mario Kart Banana Theory

Audi RS5 Tests Mario Kart Banana Theory

Fond Memories of Mario Kart Bananas

Worldwide, most gamers have knowledge about the infamous banana peel in Mario Kart. Although the banana attack could be quite devastating to others in the game, nobody tested it in the real world… at least until now. In August of 2018, the YouTube channel TheHoonigans went ahead and put the theory to the test. Instead of using a go-cart, the team uses a beautiful Audi RS5 coupe. To make it even more unique, the car has the well debated Sonoma Green Audi paintjob. The real question is… will the banana cause the RS5 to crash? Well, time to find out!

The Sonoma Green B9 Audi RS5

B9 Audi RS5 - Front Corner - Alexandre Prevot - Flickr - EuroDrift

B9 Audi RS5 – Front Corner – Alexandre Prevot – Flickr – EuroDrift

First, let’s take a moment to discuss the stunning Sonoma green B9 Audi RS5. With a MSRP of $70,875, this car sports a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. This engine produces 444 horsepower and 4443 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, this motor works in combo with an 8-speed auto transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, the RS5 takes only 3.9 seconds. Furthermore, the RS5 can complete a quarter mile in only 12.4 seconds. Lastly, the top speed is 155 mph to 174 mph depending on the governor settings. But, if an aftermarket tune is purchased, that number will be left behind.

The Origins of the Banana Theory

Nintendo 64 Longplay [002] Mario Kart 64 – World of Longplays – YouTube

In the year of 1992, Nintendo began the now worldwide famous Mario Kart series. The first game, Super Mario Kart, was available on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Not surprisingly, this game is the 4th best-selling SNES video game in the world with almost 9 million units sold. With the Mario Kart game, came the ability to “attack” opponents to slow them down. And no, this doesn’t mean shooting each other with rifles like Call of Duty. This means using attacks such as banana peels and turtle shells. The banana peel was an attack that is left behind by a person up front, or behind, for someone to hit during the current or future lap. Leaving behind a banana even left the opportunity for the peel dropper to run into it themselves. Lastly, just for note, the video above is gameplay from Mario Kart 64, the second video game in the overall series.

And The Results Are In!

Will Banana Peels Make a Car Spin Out?? Mario Kart IRL! – TheHoonigans – YouTube

Well, the results are here! With a ton of banana peels on the track, the Audi RS5 slid slightly more through the turn. But, the slide is nowhere near the level of Mario Kart. This theory could really be tested by simply using a RWD car, such as a BMW M4. With Quattro, the RS5 is basically cheating as it is specifically programmed to maneuver power between wheels to regain control as quickly as possible. Even with stability and traction off, the RS5’s AWD setup would simply benefit the car so. So, next time this is done, whoever it may be, please ensure a RWD car does the job. Although the RS5 is an amazing car, it doesn’t optimize the chances of confirming the Mario Kart banana theory.

Credit for Featured Image: BagoGames (Flickr)

 

The Pfaff Tuning Audi B8 S5 V8: AWE Track Edition Exhaust & Forgeline CF3C Wheels

The Pfaff Tuning Audi B8 S5 V8: AWE Track Edition Exhaust & Forgeline CF3C Wheels

Pfaff Tuning Audi B8 S5 V8

Pfaff Tuning, a luxury tuning company located in Ontario, Canada, has built quite the unique Audi B8 S5. The Pfaff Tuning Audi B8 S5 V8 contains many modifications ranging from a custom exhaust to custom wheels. With this S5, Pfaff shows the world that they know how to properly suit a luxury car. In this article, a breakdown of the car and its components will be the topic of discussion. The YouTube video below shows this vehicle with multiple perspectives including a representation of the exhaust.

Modifications Breakdown

In the Pfaff Tuning Audi B8 S5 V8, there are quite a number of specialty modifications. These modifications include:

  • AWE Track Edition Exhaust
  • Carbonio Intake
  • Forgeline CF3C Concave Wheels (20″ x 9.5″) [Satin Gunmetal]
  • H&R Coil-Overs
  • JH Motorsports Short Shifter

The AWE Track Edition exhaust allows the S5 to fully let out its audacious tone. In the engine bay, the Carbonio Intake adds a pleasant carbon fiber intake box and intake pipe to the engine. The Forgeline CF3C Concave Wheels make the car stand out with perfectly sized wheels and a beautiful Satin Gunmetal finish. In combination with the H&R Coil-Overs, the wheels and suspension work together to properly plant this luxury car. Lastly, the JH Motorsports Short Shifter is the perfect addition to a manual transmission for easier, swifter shifting abilities.

Factory Specifications

From the factory, the Audi B8 S5 contains a 4.2-liter V8 engine. This motor works with Audi’s signature Quattro all-wheel drive to create a beastly machine. The V8 motor produces 354 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 325 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,500 rpm. With a 6-speed manual transmission, the best option for this model year, you can’t go wrong. The B8.5 and B9 Audi S5 have newer S-tronic transmission which replace manual with a double-clutch paddle shifter system.

The Audi S5 is a Stunning Vehicle


Overall, the Pfaff Tuning Audi B8 S5 V8 is a stunning vehicle. From it’s sporty stance to its engine upgrades, this vehicle is quite unique and powerful. The roar of the V8 with the AWE Tuning Track Edition exhaust shows the audacity of this vehicle. Although Audi did away with the V8, the S5 is still a gem on the road. In the end, this B8 Audi S5 shows why Audi chose the 4.2-liter V8 engine as its partner.

2018 Audi RS5 vs. 2018 BMW M4 vs. 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

2018 Audi RS5 vs. 2018 BMW M4 vs. 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

Audi vs. BMW vs. Mercedes-Benz

In 2018, competition between European automobile manufacturers is still the norm. From Audi to BMW to Mercedes-Benz, these competitors are always attempting to overwhelm their counterparts. In this article, we will compare the 2018 Audi RS5, BMW M4, and Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe. Each car, with its own unique design, has pros and cons. Below, the comparison will determine the true winner of this battle.

2018 Audi RS5

The 2018 Audi RS5 was released to market in June 2017 in Europe. At a MSRP equivalent of $85,495, the RS5 has aimed at a higher market target. The 2018 RS5 is powered by a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 compared to the previous 4.2-liter V8. This new motor produces 450 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. Audi estimates the RS5 can hit 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph. With that number, the RS5 leaps forward into the realm of true sports car accelerations.

2018 BMW M4

Next, the 2018 BMW M4 is available in a coupe and convertible build with MSRPs of $67,195 and $75,695, respectively. For this analysis, the coupe will be considered the competitor. The M4’s 3.0-liter inline-six engine produces 425 horsepower and 406 lb.-ft. of torque. With the Competition package, the M4 boasts 444 horsepower, slightly closer to the RS5. This power allows the M4 to hit 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds, 0.1 seconds faster than the RS5. Lastly, the M4 has a top speed of 163 mph.

2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

Lastly, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe still offers the lustful V8 engine at a MSRP of $75,500. With a 4.0-liter AMG V8 twin-turbo, the C63 S Coupe delivers 503 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. Already, Mercedes has around 50 horsepower more than the competition. This power allows the C63 S Coupe to hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Unfortunately for Mercedes, the 50 extra horsepower didn’t do its homework. With a governor, the C63 S Coupe has a top speed of 180 mph. Usually, the governor is a sign that it can go, indeed, faster.

The Comparison

In comparison, the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe has the highest amount of winning parameters. First, the C63 S Coupe sports a V8 with 50 more horsepower than the competition. Although this doesn’t win the 0-60 mph run, it will win at top speed, considering it hits 180 mph with a limiter. The Audi RS5 takes last place on the 0-60 mph run only by 0.1 seconds. For MSRP, the BMW M4 is the cheapest automobile followed by the AMG C63 S Coupe and the RS5. Note, the RS5 value is an estimation based on it’s value in Euros, so U.S. price may be slightly lower.

Winner: 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

Overall, the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe comes in first place in the is competition. It may not be the most environmental friendly, but in a competition of speed, this car wins. Second place can be considered given to the BMW M4 which can hit 60 mph just as fast as the AMG V8. It is also almost $10,000 less at MSRP. In last place, the Audi RS5 came in close, but not close enough. Behind by only 0.1 seconds on the 0-60, the RS5 ends up being the slowest accelerator here. The RS5 does come in second place for top speed though. In the end, the AMG C63 S Coupe takes the victory home for the 2018 model year.

2018 Audi RS3 vs. RS4 Avant vs. RS5: Battle of the RS Models

2018 Audi RS3 vs. RS4 Avant vs. RS5: Battle of the RS Models

2018 Audi RS3 vs. RS4 Avant vs. RS5

The 2018 Audi RS3, RS4, and RS5 are popular vehicle considerations for many drivers worldwide. Although slightly different vehicles, they can be seen as slightly competitive with each other. The RS4 is a small sedan while the RS4 is an avant and the RS5 is a coupe. Although these cars vary across MSRP and other factors, they have similarities as well. In this article, we will go over each of the models and their basics.

2018 Audi RS3


First, the 2018 Audi RS3 starts at a MSRP of $54,900. The RS3 sports a 2.5-liter five cylinder engine with 400 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. With this power, the RS3 can hit 0 to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds. On top of that, the RS3 can hit a whopping 174 mph, if you’re willing to pay Audi for the tune. The RS3 is sold with S sport seats wrapped in Fine Nappa leather with diamond stitching. The RS3 also comes with full LED headlights, magnetic ride, and an average 22 miles per gallon.

2018 Audi RS4 Avant


Second, the 2018 Audi RS4 Avant is expected to cost an estimated $67,685 at MSRP. The RS4 Avant withholds a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine producing 450 horsepower and 443 lb.ft. of torque. Unfortunately, the RS4 Avant will not make its way stateside and will only be sold in Europe. Slightly slower than the RS3, the RS4 Avant can hit 62 mph in only 4.1 seconds – quick for a station-wagon. As with the RS3, the top speed is limited to ~150 mph, or 174 mph if you pay for it. The interior is a slight upgrade from the RS3 but contains a similar style and Fine Nappa cross-stitched seats.

2018 Audi RS5


Third and last, the 2018 Audi RS5 is expected to run between $70,000 and $80,000 statewide while in Europe it is currently 80,900 euros ($85,495). The RS5 contains the same motor as the RS4 Avant, a 2.9-liter V6 twin-turbo engine producing 450 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque. Surprisingly, the RS5 can hit 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds, matching the RS3 and faster than the RS4 Avant. The RS5 will have front and rear five-link suspension as well as a few options. The options include a RS sports suspension with adaptive dampers, carbon ceramic breaks, and dynamic steering.

RS Models Stunning Display of German Engineering

Overall, the 2018 Audi RS3, RS4, and RS5 are a stunning display of German engineering. From the RS3’s reasonable price and speed to the RS5’s options, Audi stepped up the game for 2018. The RS3 and the RS5 both hit 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the RS4 Avant. This difference is most likely due to the additional weight of the station wagon design. In the end, the RS model that is right for you comes down to your personal preferences and desires.

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