The new A5 Cabriolet is a real Audi â and a particularly exciting one at that. The four-seater with the elegant soft top combines its sporty character with the joy of top-down driving, superior comfort and great everyday utility. Five engines and a wide range of high-end options will be available at launch. Prices start at 37,300 euros for the entry-level 1.8 TFSI model with 118 kW (160 hp), which will follow somewhat later. The top-of-the-line model is the S5 Cabriolet â its supercharged, three-liter V6 delivers 245 kW (333 hp) for dynamic performance.
Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet â the joy of open-top driving
Dynamic, confident and stunning â the new A5 Cabriolet from Audi is emotionally evocative. The four-seater with the fabric top combines a distinctly sporty character with the fascination of open-top driving, refined comfort and a great everyday utility. Five efficient engines, an agile suspension and a wide range of high-end options make the new Audi the most attractive convertible in the mid-sized segment.
Delivery will begin in the second quarter of 2009. Prices start at 37,300 euros for the entry-level 1.8 TFSI model with 118 kW (160 hp), which will follow somewhat later.
Crowning the new model series is the S5 Cabriolet. The letter âSâ traditionally stands for supreme sportiness â for dynamics, performance and power, but also for amazing efficiency. Powering the S5 Cabriolet is a newly developed, supercharged three-liter V6 that pumps out 245 kW (333 hp) for superior performance.
Like all Audi convertibles, the open-top A5 also has a lightweight fabric top that endows it with a silhouette of dynamic elegance. The fully automatic top opens in just 15 seconds. Audi also offers an optional acoustic top with an intermediate layer of insulating foam that reduces wind noise almost to the sedan level.
When opened, the Audi A5 Cabriolet top folds down so effectively that very little trunk space is used up â leaving 320 liters (11.30 cubic ft) of unused storage volume, clearly the best value in its field of competitors. The soft top compartment lowers automatically when the top is opened. Equally useful is the fold-down rear seat backrest and the large pass-through between the luggage compartment and the interior, which increases the storage volume to a generous 750 liters (26.49 cubic ft).
Rounding out the comfortable character of the four-seaterâs interior are automatic seatbelt extenders for the front seats and the optionally available head-level heating. A special coating on the optional leather seats reduces solar heating. The A5 Cabriolet seats four comfortably. The refined ambience combines with perfect ergonomics to convey an atmosphere of sporty elegance. Ultra-high-strength steels and selective reinforcements of the body ensure high rigidity and crash safety.
The A5 Cabriolet is being launched with three gasoline engines and two diesel engines ranging between 132 kW (180 hp) and 195 kW (265 hp). All five power plants are fueled via direct fuel injection; four of them use turbocharging. Available powertrains include a six-speed manual, the continuously variable multitronic and the new, lightning-fast seven-speed S tronic. In addition to front-wheel drive, Audi also offers quattro permanent all-wheel drive for the higher-power engines. The innovative sport differential, which variably distributes power between the rear wheels, is optionally available for even greater dynamics and driving pleasure.
Fascinating dynamics: Audi drive select
The perfect addition to this technology package is the Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system, which enables the driver to chose among three different engine maps controlling the characteristics of the fuel feed, the shifting points of the seven-speed S tronic or the multitronic, and the boost provided by the servotronic steering system. If the car is equipped with the MMI operating interface, a fourth, freely programmable map is available. Additional technologies available include adaptive control of the shock absorbers and variable-ratio dynamic steering.
The new Audi A5 Cabriolet features a rich array of equipment in addition to the fully automatic top, including an automatic climate-control system and a CD audio system. Highlights from the long list of options include the innovative driver assist systems and the latest generation MMI operating interface, which offers many attractive navigation and entertainment features.
As the dynamic top-of-the-line model of the new production series, the S5 Cabriolet occupies a very special position. Its three-liter TFSI â a V6 with mechanical supercharger â unfolds its 245 kW (333 hp) and 440 Nm (324.53 lb-ft) of torque with impressive results: It responds tenaciously to the throttle and delivers excellent driving performance. The quattro drivetrain, a sport suspension with 18-inch wheels and a number of special equipment details underscore the athletic character of the Audi S5 Cabriolet.
At a glance
* Five engines between 132 kW (180 hp) and 195 kW (265) hp for the A5 Cabriolet, 3.0 TFSI with 245 kW (333 hp) in the S5 Cabriolet
* All engines with direct fuel injection
* Turbocharging for the TDI and the four-cylinder gasoline engines
* 3.0 TFSI with supercharging
* Exemplary efficiency combined with superior performance
* Depending on the engine, manual, multitronic or seven-speed S tronic
* quattro all-wheel drive for the more powerful versions, with an optional sport differential for the variable distribution of power to the rear wheel
* Lightweight suspension, balanced axle load distribution
* 17-inch aluminum wheels, large brakes
* Optional Audi drive select dynamic control system, adaptive shock absorber control and dynamic steering available as options
* Lightweight fabric top with very good noise insulation
* Wind deflector standard, can be stored in the spare tire well in the trunk
* Automatic open/close drive standard, acoustic top optional
* Top can be opened/closed at up to 50 km/h (31.07 mph)
* Variable, self-retracting top compartment that lowers automatically when the top is opened.
* Sporty, elegant design with harmonious lines
* Large luggage compartment even with the top open, large pass-through to the interior
* Wide range of convenience equipment, automatic seatbelt extenders standard
* Advanced assistant systems and features such as head-level heating optional
* Latest-generation MMI with innovative navigation and infotainment features
* Bang & Olufsen sound system
The Audi S5 Cabriolet
The top-of-the-line model of the new Cabriolet production series from Audi is the S5 Cabriolet. The letter âSâ stands for Sport â for dynamics, performance and power, but also for amazing efficiency.
The Audi S5 Cabrioletâs engine is a newly developed, supercharged, three-liter V6. A supercharger in the space between the two banks of cylinders pressurizes the direct-injection 3.0 TFSI to up to 0.8 bar. Two downstream intercoolers reduce the temperature of the compressed intake air. Power peaks at 245 kW (333 hp); torque between 2,900 and 5,300 rpm remains constant at a generous 440 Nm (324.53 lb-ft).
The six-cylinder unit, which displaces 2,995 cc, exemplifies the Audi philosophy of intelligent efficiency â boost replaces displacement. The powerful thrust, the spontaneous response that is the result of short fuel paths and the aggressive engine sound make for a fascinating driving experience.
The open-top four-seater sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.6 seconds and accelerates up to a governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph). Yet at 9.6 liters per 100 km (24.5 US mpg), it is amazingly fuel-efficient.
Out-and-out dynamism: drivetrain and suspension
The Audi S5 Cabriolet comes standard with servotronic, seven-speed S tronic and quattro drive. The sport differential is optional. The 18-inch cast aluminum wheels are shod with 245/40 tires. The black brake calipers are emblazoned with S5 emblems. It goes without saying that the S version also has a specially sports-tuned suspension. The acoustic top is also standard equipment.
A number of design features contribute to the distinctively sporty styling, including modifications at the lower front and back panels, at the front spoiler and the diffuser, at the single-frame grille, at the air intakes, at the sill trims and at the four tailpipes.
The exterior mirrors are mounted in shimmering aluminum-look housings. The Sprint Blue, pearl effect paint finish is exclusive to the S5 Cabriolet and emphasizes its athletic character.
Inside, electrically adjustable sport seats covered in Alcantara and leather and brushed aluminum inlays underscore the high-quality, dynamic style of the high-end model. The scales of the instruments are a subtle gray; the pointers are illuminated white. The color driver information system is standard. Aluminum-look shift paddles and a center armrest round out the program of distinctive features. S5 logos adorn the door sill trims, the key, the leather multifunction sport steering wheel and the instruments.
Extra-firm S sport seats covered in Silk Nappa or the climate-controlled comfort seats are available as options from Audi. The seat coverings are available in black, brown and three two-color combinations.
The headliner is available in star silver and black. Inlays are available in carbon, fine grain birch wood and stainless steel mesh. The latter comprises countless steel fibers and feels slightly rough â an unusual haptic experience.
Price this car:
MSRP: $36,000 â $44,100
Invoice: not available yet
Source: Audi Press Release