Bigger yet lighter than its predecessor, the new convertible can drop its fabric roof in only 15 seconds.

Following the introduction of the Coupe and Sportback body styles, Audi is ready to unveil the remaining piece of the A5 puzzle: the Cabriolet. Debuting today in both A5 and S5 guises, the new convertible from Ingolstadt has the stiffest body in its class and at the same time one of the lightest. Torsional stiffness over the old model is up by 40 percent while the use of more lightweight materials has shaved off up to 40 kilograms (88 pounds), allowing the A5 model with front-wheel drive and a 190-hp 2.0 TDI engine to tip the scales at 1,690 kg (3,725 lbs).

The sharper design echoes the other two members of the family, while the soft top has gained a new one-touch opening function usable at speeds of up to 31 mph (50 kph). Pull the switch and then the fabric roof will go down in as little as 15 seconds, with the reverse process taking an extra 3 seconds. It’s also more comfortable than its predecessor thanks to a 0.6-inch (14-mm) longer wheelbase adding 0.7 inches (18 mm) of rear legroom to make the A5/S5 Cabriolet easier to live with on longer journeys. The good news continue for those sitting in the front where there’s now an extra inch (26 mm) of shoulder room.


Convertibles are not the most practical cars out there, but it’s good to know the new soft-top A5 has an extra 60 liters of cargo capacity for a total of 380 liters when the roof is up. It also helps the 50:50-split fold rear seat is standard, as is the automatic opening of the tailgate by using the remote control or pressing a button on the driver’s door. At an additional cost, a sensor mounted in the rear bumper will detect a kicking movement and will trigger the tailgate to open.

As you would imagine, the engines are borrowed from the Coupe and Sportback, so customers will be able to pick from a wide array of four- and six-cylinder units. The temporary range topper is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 354 horsepower (260 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) in the Quattro- and auto-only S5, which now has 21 hp (15 kW) more muscle than its predecessor. It runs to 62 mph (100 kph) in 5.1 seconds and maxes out at an electronically capped 155 mph (250 kph).


We’re using the word “temporary” because next year Audi will introduce an RS5 Cabriolet with a biturbo 2.9-liter V6 borrowed from the latest Porsche Panamera 4S where it churns 440 hp (324 kW) and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm). It’s too soon to say whether the RS5 will have the exact same power or if it will receive a different tune of the Porsche-developed engine.

Meanwhile, the lesser A5 and S5 Cabriolet versions are slated to hit dealerships in Europe from March 2017. At home in Germany, the base model is going to cost €49,350, whereas the spicy S5 will be available from €67,800.

Source: Audi

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