Camaro

S5

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.9 sec

10.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4 sec

5.6 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.3 sec

2.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.7 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

12.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116 MPH

107 MPH

Top Speed

165 MPH

155 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The S5 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The S5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the S5 (19 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Camaro has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The S5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Camaro offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The S5 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

A 10-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Camaro, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the S5.

The Camaro (except 4-cylinder/V6)’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The S5 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Camaro ZL1’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the S5:

Camaro ZL1

S5

Front Rotors

15.35 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13 inches

The Camaro stops much shorter than the S5:

Camaro

S5

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

150 feet

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Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S5 (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. 265/30R20).

The Camaro has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The S5 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Camaro can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The S5 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is longer than on the S5:

Camaro

S5

Coupe

110.7 inches

108.8 inches

Convertible

110.7 inches

108.9 inches

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the S5.

The Camaro’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.9% to 48.1%) than the S5’s (56.7% to 43.3%). This gives the Camaro more stable handling and braking.

The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the S5 Prestige Coupe pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The Chevrolet Camaro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 500 pounds less than the Audi S5.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Camaro Coupe a Compact car, while the S5 Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The Camaro Coupe has 9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S5 Coupe (93 vs. 84). The Camaro Convertible has 4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S5 Cabriolet (85 vs. 81).

The Camaro Coupe has 2.6 inches more front legroom than the S5 Coupe.

The Camaro Convertible has 2.6 inches more front legroom and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the S5 Cabriolet.

Ergonomics

The Camaro Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The S5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Camaro (except LS/LT1)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The S5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Camaro’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The S5 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Camaro owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camaro will cost $6355 less than the S5 over a five-year period.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro second among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The S5 isn’t in the top three.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 4 years. The S5 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The S5 has never been chosen.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The S5 has never been an “All Star.”

The Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Audi A5/S5/RS 5 by almost two to one during 2018.

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