S5: Finding Motoring Bliss

Motoring bliss: the nirvana-like feeling that a driver gets while cruising under the perfect conditions and surroundings. I think I achieved motoring bliss this morning while I was cruising down I-205 southbound in my S5. I had the windows down, moonroof cracked open, the engine humming at around 2800 RPM in fifth gear, speedometer floating around 62 MPH, it had …

S5: 6000 miles and then some

It has been a while since I posted something about my S5 and I didn’t catch when my car hit the 5000 mile mark. I had brought it in for its 1-year or 5000-mile maintenance (which ever comes first) before it reached 4900 miles. The first scheduled maintenance for my S5 was free (as in, included in the car’s price) …

S5: Pirelli PZero Rosso Tires

When my 2011 Audi S5 was built, a set of four Pirelli PZero Rosso tires (255/35ZR19) were selected and installed as the car rolled through the production line. This is the first time that I have had such tires on any of my cars and I’m thinking it will not be my first choice when it comes time to get …

Size matters: S5 shift knob

On the way home tonight, the odometer is showing that I am close to crossing the 2000 mile mark. Those miles have gone by pretty fast and I’m feeling quite comfortable with driving stick. Sure, I have stalled three times in the past two weeks and accidentally shifted from 5th to 2nd rather than to 4th; but, I’m getting much …

Almost 1300 Miles and Rollin’

After taking some pre-dawn pictures yesterday morning, I noticed that I have almost clocked in 1300 miles on Dalek-5 and started thinking how the S5 has been as a daily driver compared to my old 2004 Audi A4. Outside of the performance and handling differences (354 HP versus 220 HP, 325 ft-lb of torque versus 221 ft-lb) and loads of …