Sporting, four-seater Cabriolets have been a part of Audi since 1991. Audi has just released official photos to the media of the new A5 and S5 Cabriolet, to compliment the already stunning coupe models. Pictured below is the S5.
The S5 is top-dog of course, propelled by a supercharged 3.0 liter V-6, cranking out 333hp. With that, you get a 0-62mph time of 5.6 seconds, yet still achieving 24mpg on the highway. In Europe, the A5 is offered with a variety of engines, but it’s safe to assume we will only see the top-range 3.2 liter V-6 rated at 265hp pm these shores. Since the Coupes offer a choice of auto or manual transmissions, we can safely assume the Cabriolets will offer the choice to buyers as well. Pictured below is the A5 Cabriolet.
These Cabriolets boast some interesting features that any potential buyer should be aware of in the event your significant other says the car is impractical. Keep these on flashcards:
1. “We’ll have no room in the trunk when the top is down.” Not so. With the top down, you still have 11.3 cubic feet of trunk space. A Honda Civic 4-door has 12 cubic feet.
2. “We’ll freeze if the top is down and it’s cool outside.” Well, it’s a given the heat is going to work better than an old Triumph’s, and heated seats are there of course, but Audi offers ‘neck level’ heating, similar to the “Scarf” system on Mercedes drop tops.
3. “it’s a fabric top, it will be too loud on the highway.” Nope. Audi’s optional “Acoustic Top” adds another layer of insulating foam that is nearly as quiet at speed as the Coupe.
4. “We’ll burn our legs on the leather seats if we leave the top down.” Doubtful. Audi has added a special coating to the leather seating surfaces that reduce solar heating. The coating can actually reduce the temperature of the seats by 68 degrees.