2012 was the last year to grab a V8 with a manual gearbox and holy heck its awesome. The engine is so well balanced and smooth, the 350/320 HP/TQ really sits well in this heavy car. I have shamelessly won a few street passes against a 981, Mustang, and a few Japanese cars. I was slightly humbled however when a newer R8 left me in the dust without any real effort.
Inside the S5 it feels like a fighter plane cockpit. Everything is slightly angled towards the driver, and every switch has this beautiful tactile feel to it that really gets the fizz going when you press them.
The climate controls are pretty annoying... I dont need 12 fan speed settings (but if anyone takes them away from me ill kill them). I dont need 6 heated seat settings and I really dont need 8 options for where the bloody air flow is directed (but again, please dont take them away from me). The German attention to detail really shows in this car.
More Annoying bits:
-All the dials spin counter-intuitively to how you would imagine. Turning them clockwise makes the menu go up, not down.
-The small center screen in the cluster needs several menu presses to revert back to the original screen after making a call or selecting a new track.
-If your washer fluid or gas are low, you will see nothing else in the top part of the cluster. Its very annoying.. yes I know the gas is low, now change back to the radio station..
-Also, the gas light comes on almost 100km pre-maturely.
-Fuel economy isnt great... around 500km to a tank depending how heavy footed you are.
-Parts are as expensive as I have come to expect with German cars.