Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Audi S5

5. Supercharged Torque Machine

Here’s the issue you’ve all been waiting for: This is the first year without a V8.

Audi sent the 3.0-liter supercharged six-cylinder to the coupe in its stead — the same engine as was available in last year’s S5 Cabriolet.

You lose 21 hp, but it has just as much torque, only earlier. While the supercharged six loses ground to the now-extinct engine at higher rpms, you’ll be hard-pressed not to smile when all 325 lb-ft launch you up a hill.

No, it’s not last year’s V8, but that’s far from enough to make the S5 something to ignore.