By James Bergeron

Photo Gallery:
2008 Audi A5

Day 1:

2008 Audi A5
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There is one word that describes this week’s test car. I shouldn’t even be writing more than this one word as it may distract you, the reader, from the images in this article and in the gallery that you are drooling over. Whoa there! Close your mouth; you’re drooling on your keyboard! Yes, this week I am behind the wheel of the new Audi A5, and this car is HOT HOT HOT!

Word on the street is this car is so hot that buying one means waiting lists of 12 months. Worldwide demand is well beyond Audi’s initial expectations. With a base price of $51,850 for a car that certainly does not need many upgrades, and of course the sleek lines that invoke sensual emotions, this writer can relate to the buying public’s lust for this machine.

2008 Audi A5
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For once, my tester is not fully loaded with options, but has only an upgraded set of wheels — from 18-inch to 19-inch — that are absolutely, without a shadow of the doubt, the coolest and most visually-striking rims I have ever seen in person ($1,200 well spent) and an $800 charge for the Sahara Silver Metallic paint that looks silver from some angles and beige from other angles and had my co-workers arguing whether the car was beige or silver for a good five minutes.

There are a few available options if you wanted to spice up your A5 including: the S line package to make your A5 look very much like an S5 ($3,900); the technology package for $1,600 which adds adaptive headlights; advanced key and homelink, a navigation package for $3,500 or a Bang and Olufsen premium sound system for a cool $1,100. Also available separately are Audi side assist (blind spot monitoring system for $650), and reverse sensors for a reasonable $450.

For those not in the know, all A5s come in Coupe form, all A5s come with a 6-speed manual transmission and all of them are powered by a 3.2litre FSI V-6 engine that produces 265hp. And of course all A5s come with the sexiest daytime running lights available on the market — taken right from the Audi R8 supercar.

On that note on my way home this evening I encountered a lovely orange Lamborghini Gallardo traveling in the opposite direction. I’m not sure who was checking out whose car in this situation. It was a pretty close battle of the sex machines.

2008 Audi A5
MSRP as tested (including destination): $53,850

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