The Audi A5 Cabriolet is designed to straddle the line between sensual and refined track performance. This provides a shapely roadster takes 333 horsepower to go along with her sultry looks and surefooted quattro all-wheel-drive. Those seeking more power can opt for the wild, 450-horsepower Audi RS 5 Cabriolet. For the previous model year, the Audi S5 Cabriolet wins several new options in the form of a package of optical appearance Black, Audi side assist system safety and Audi drive select dynamic configurator.
Essentially a convertible version of the Audi S5 Coupe, Audi S5 Cabriolet shares most stylish hardtop and also uses same engine. Both models recently received a mid-cycle update that includes the most stylish headlights, grill “single-frame” and a more aggressive front fascia. The motivation is coming from a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that generate 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft. Unlike the Coupe, which is available with a manual six-speed transmission, the Cabriolet comes exclusively with seven-speed automatic dual-clutch that sends power to all four wheels via Quattro all-wheel-drive Audi. The sprint from 0 mph to 60 comes in a claimed 5.3 seconds and fuel consumption is estimated at 18 mpg city and 28 mpg on the highway.
The engine of the Audi S5 Cabriolet is mounted further back in the engine compartment, behind the front wheels – normally seen in Aud. The placement is designed to help the weight distribution of aid and provide a more neutral handling feel. As with all “S” Audi S5 has a full complement of suspension modifications and style designed to give a sportier look and feel. Models Bigger brakes and lowered suspension helps the hardened and Z-rated tires deliver power uprated to the street. The interior features pampering fit carbon fiber, special seats and a single wheel. Hi-tech equipment available includes interface Audi’a MMI infotainment and Audi connect, which provides the Internet connectivity in the car and the industry’s first integration of Google Earth – complete with panoramic, high-resolution 3D satellite views and aerial imagery.
Unlike many competitors, the Audi S5 Cabriolet has better insulation lightweight fold able fabric instead of a coupe, hardtop folding of heavier metal, but much more. The top can be raised or lowered at speeds up to 31 miles per hour, and heating system at head allows passengers to drive with top down in less-than-ideal weather.
Audi S5 Cabriolet Features
The Audi S5 Cabriolet can be had in two trim levels – Premium and Premium Plus. The Premium model comes standard along Nappa leather upholstery, the heated front seats, an FM CD system with 10-speaker AM SiriusXM stereo with iPod integration, Bluetooth connectivity, the tri-zone automatic climate control, fog lights, wheels 18-inch alloys, Xenon headlights and the LED taillights.
The Premium Plus setting adds a navigation system with Audi Connect, a 12-speaker, 505-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system with relational technology HD, Audi side assist and the rear parking camera. Notable options include ventilated seats, the adaptive cruise control and a differential performance-oriented Sport package with torque vectoring. The Audi Drive Select, which offers a variety of different calibrations suspension, steering, transmission and engine. The optical package adds black exterior features Black 19 inch wheels and Rotor-design Titanium.
Audi S5 Cabriolet Safety
All Audi S5 Cabriolet models come standard with dual front airbags, front knee, front and side, plus traction and stability control. One Rollbar pop-up system that provides additional protection in rollover situations are also included. Optional is Audi side assist, which monitors blind spots and fast-approaching vehicles.
Audi S5 Cabriolet Competitors
The car buyers seeking alternatives to be considered next S5 BMW 4 Series Convertible and Infiniti G37 Convertible.