Audi A5 Cabriolet

From Audi press: After gaining immediate traction for 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. New for 2010, the 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. Featuring the auto industry’s only four-seater convertible with 50/50 split folding rear seats, form and function come together in perfect harmony.

With an overall length of 182.1 inches, the 2010 A5 affords both driver 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 A5 a benchmark of the class. Both cabriolets enjoy the same level of sophistication as their hard top brethren but also incorporate a power folding soft top that is capable of retracting fully in as little as 15 seconds – and at speeds of up to 31 mph.

Arguably the definitive Audi design of recent years, the A5 presents a low and muscular physique, with an extended roofline and sharply carved contours guiding the eye along its sleek shape. Capitalizing on the styling elements that define a sports coupe, the A5 exudes performance and elegance with a tall shoulder line and steeply raked windshield. The instantly identifiable Audi single-frame grille dominates the front of the car, while purposeful LED taillights illuminate the rear.

Similarly, the A5 Cabriolet and S5 Cabriolet present a beautiful form with a long, lunging hood and effortlessly styled flanks. With the unobtrusive soft top raised, the A5 Cabriolet maintains its coupe roots, while lowering the roof immediately conveys a sense of speed and purpose. The A5 Cabriolet and its sportier sister, the S5 Cabriolet, give buyers driving elegance no matter the weather. On both models, bold and muscular fender lines define the profile. The look immediately hints to the performance potential of the chassis, as well as the surefootedness of quattro all-wheel drive.

Engine options for the 2010 Audi A5 begin with a 2.0 TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder offering. With a sturdy cast-iron block and efficient aluminum cylinder head, the 2.0 TFSI delivers 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Audi uses direct-injection technology and Audi Valvelift System to increase the efficiency of the 2.0 TFSI, and, as a result, the engine manages up to 30 mpg highway in an A5 equipped with a manual transmission.

A 3.2 FSI V6 engine also is available in the A5 coupe. With all-aluminum construction, Audi Valvelift System, and direct-injection technology, the V6 provides a lightweight and efficient alternative. The 3.2 FSI V6 produces 265 horsepower and 245 lb-ft of torque and is available mated to a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. The engine delivers 17/26 mpg (city/hwy).

All A5 coupe models and most cabriolet variants come equipped with the unmatched surefootedness of quattro all-wheel drive and a number of gearbox solutions, depending on engine choice. Buyers opting for the efficient 2.0 TFSI engine may choose among a six-speed manual transmission (coupe only) an Audi Tiptronic six-speed automatic gearbox, and a Multitronic continuously variable transmission (cabriolet only). The Tiptronic transmission provides drivers with the ease of an automatic but with the added option of manual gear choice if the need or desire arises. The A5 3.2 FSI also comes with a Tiptronic six-speed automatic transmission, fitting its more luxury-oriented personality. The S5, meanwhile, boasts the powerful Audi 4.2 FSI V8 engine and as such is available with either a six-speed manual or a Tiptronic six- speed automatic transmission. Both options afford buyers the choice of cap able, smooth and sporty gearboxes fitting with Audi’s dedication to performance.

The exciting new A5 Cabriolet and S5 Cabriolet feature a soft top that retracts in just 15 seconds, making it ideal for stoplight conversions. Unlike much of the competition, the traditional soft top roof allows the A5 to offer best-in-class trunk space, while retaining a classical cabriolet form and avoiding the inherent weight gain associated with new hardtop variants. With a three-layer design, the fabric top can be had in the buyer’s choice of three exterior colors. A true-glass rear window helps isolate the cabin from excess road noise, as does additional insulation. The A5 Cabriolet and S5 Cabriolet are nearly as quiet as their hardtop sisters, and innovative features like neck-level heaters to allow for all-season convertible driving.

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