Audi S5 Cabriolet

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.

Arguably the definitive Audi design of recent years, the Audi 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 Audi A5 exudes performance and elegance with a tall shoulder line and steeply raked windshield.

Similarly, the Audi A5 Cabriolet and Audi S5 Cabriolet present a beautiful form, which highlights a long, lunging hood and gracefully styled flanks. With the unobtrusive soft top raised, the Audi A5 Cabriolet maintains its coupe roots, while lowering the roof immediately conveys a sense of speed and purpose. The Audi A5 Cabriolet and its sportier sister, the Audi 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 at the performance potential of the chassis, as well as the surefootedness of quattro all-wheel drive.

The 2011 Audi S5 Cabriolet benefits from a powerful and efficient 3.0 TFSI V6 engine. The 3.0-liter, all-aluminum engine is supercharged to create 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. The powerplant incorporates a number of Audi innovations to maintain class-leading fuel efficiency as well. Audi valvelift system, FSI® direct injection, a two-stage intake, dual intercoolers and a drive-by-wire throttle all help the 3.0 TFSI stay remarkably efficient, delivering 17/26 mpg (city/hwy).

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.

Also available on both the Audi S5 and S5 Cabriolet is quattro with Sport rear differential, which gives the Audi S5 a new level of road holding ability by actively controlling the distribution of torque between the two rear wheels, effectively overdriving the outside wheel in corners. This “forces” the front end of the vehicle into the corner to eliminate understeer and create more sure- footed excitement for the driver. In addition, the Sport rear differential works with ESP® during accident avoidance maneuvers to keep the S5 cars stable and composed in emergencies.

Gallery: Audi S5 Cabriolet