Audi S5 Coupe to Retain 4.2L V8 in North America

Audi S5 Coupe to Retain 4.2L V8 in North America

Audi recently announced a long list of mid-cycle updates for its A5 and S5 models. Along with some new styling cues (which do seem to take away from some of the coupe’s aggressive good looks), perhaps the biggest changes came under the hood.

Audi has now confirmed, however, that none of the updates will appear on 2012 model year cars in the U.S. – only in Europe. This can be seen as both good news and bad news. Anyone thinking of buying an A5/S5 can now see into the future and decide if they prefer the current design or the one that’s coming.

Unfortunately this means we won’t get the new 3.0 TFSI Supercharged V6 making 272-hp as an optional engine in the A5. The good news, however, is that the S5 Coupe will carry on with the 4.2-liter V8 for at least one more year, rather than getting the 333-hp supercharged six currently offered in the Cabriolet.

The stay of execution for the V8 may only be temporary, however, as the car is likely to receive the 2012 Euro-spec updates for 2013. V8 lovers…. don’t let this opportunity pass you buy.

GALLERY: 2012 Audi A5 Euro-Spec