Unless I'm mistaken, our configs in the US are:
Standard A5 - standard plastic black grid pattern with chrome surround and chrome rings
A5 S-Line - same as above but gloss black
S5 - grey with pronounced chrome verticals
I agree that the A5 S-Line grille looks sporty, but I do like the chrome vertical bars as well. I'd be tempted to just take the grille to a good body shop and convert the grey part to gloss black.
It is also notable that if you get the license plate delete cover, it is always grey whether you have A5 or S5. I would want to paint this gloss black as well.
Ray, yes you are mistaken regarding US spec cars.
the non S-line A5 and A5 S-line get the IDENTICAL gloss black
grille in the US. I've seen plenty of them to know this is 100% the case (at least for MY2008). My own non S-line A5 has the gloss black grille just like the S-line.
You are also incorrect about the front filler plate. When you spec the front filler plate with your A5 order in the US, it comes from the factory in gloss black
on both the A5 and A5 S-line. Only
the S5 filler plate is gray.
Dude, you really gotta lay off that crack pipe.