Audi has released new driving footage of their upcoming A5 Cabrio ahead of the model’s launch in spring.

Audi has released new driving footage of their upcoming A5 Cabriolet ahead of the model's official launch in spring. Intended to replace the aging A4 cabrio, the new A5 features a dynamic exterior, a luxurious interior, and numerous mechanical improvements.

The new convertible eschews the current trend towards ungainly folding metals roofs and instead uses a traditional canvass roof which can be automatically raised or lowered in about 17 seconds at speeds up to 50 km/h (31 mph). While the A5 Cabrio avoided one German trend, it picked up another by adopting a Mercedes-like heating system that blows warm air on the necks of the driver and front passenger.

At launch, the A5 Cabriolet will offer potential owners a choice of five different engines including a 3.2-liter V6 FSI with 195 kW (265 hp) and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque. Two different versions of the 2.0 TFSI will also be available, the entry level version produces 132 kW (180 hp) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) while the other cranks out 155 kW (211 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. Diesel power will be provided by one of two V6 TDIs, a 3.0-liter with 176 kW (240 hp) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque or a slightly smaller 2.7-liter with 140 kW (190 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft).

Although not shown in the video, Audi will also offer an S5 Cabrio that features a new supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 245 kW (333 hp) and 440 Nm (325 lb-ft) of torque which allows it to run from 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds.


Gallery: Audi A5 Cabrio Driving Footage