Audi A5

From Audi press: After gaining immediate traction with its beautiful design, the Audi A5 went on to establish itself as a leader in the luxury performance coupe segment. With bold and easily identifiable design language, the A5 conveys a sense of power and finesse that has become synonymous with the Audi brand. In 2011, the Audi A5 Cabriolet and S5 Cabriolet continue that tradition, offering buyers a level of carefree driving with the joy of a soft top and the all-weather capability of quattro® all-wheel drive.

With an overall length of 182.1 inches, the 2011 Audi A5 affords both drivers and passengers unmatched interior space, even in the back seats. Extensive use of high-quality materials and a bevy of high-tech driving aids and convenience options continue to make the Audi A5 a benchmark of the class. Both cabriolets enjoy the same level of sophistication as their hard top brethren, but they also incorporate a power folding multi-layer acoustic soft top that is capable of retracting fully in as little as 17 seconds – and at speeds of up to 31 mph. A firm commitment to innovative technologies has enabled a refined suspension built on a lifetime of racing experience to deliver a ride that manages to be both comfortable and capable, offering up the world class handling and razor-sharp response buyers have come to demand from their Audi cars.

In 2011, both the Audi A5 Coupe and Audi A5 Cabriolet are powered by the potent 2.0 TFSI® turbocharged four-cylinder engine. With a sturdy cast-iron block and efficient aluminum cylinder head, the 2.0 TFSI delivers 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Audi uses direct-injection technology to increase the efficiency of the 2.0 TFSI, and, as a result, the engine manages an astonishing 30 mpg highway in an Audi A5 equipped with a manual transmission. The turbocharged engine provides abundant torque, making the Audi A5 capable of a 6.5 second sprint to 60 mph and proving there is no need to sacrifice true sports coupe performance for everyday fuel economy.

A5 Coupes and Cabriolets benefit from a number of gearbox solutions to complement the torque laden and fuel-efficient 2.0 TSFI engine. Connecting power via standard quattro all-wheel-drive, the A5 Coupe is offered with the choice of a precise six-speed manual transmission or an available Audi Tiptronic six-speed automatic gearbox. The Audi A5 Cabriolet comes standard with an Audi FrontTrak® multitronic® CVT and a Tiptronic six-speed transmission on quattro models. The Tiptronic transmission provides drivers with the ease of an automatic and the added option of manual gear choice if the desire arises. The Audi S5 Coupe is available with either a six-speed manual or a Tiptronic six-speed automatic transmission. Both options afford buyers the choice of capable, smooth and sporty gearboxes befitting Audi’s dedication to performance.

The highly advanced Audi S tronic® seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission comes standard on the Audi S5 Cabriolet. Because the sophisticated transmission uses dual input shafts and twin clutches, the gearbox is able to “predict” which gear the driver intends to use and prep the gear for action before it is selected. This results in seamless and instantaneous gear changes, taking just a fraction of a second.

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