The all-new second-generation Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet have joined the burgeoning A5 family, arriving in Australia priced from $83,400 plus on-roads.
Like its predecessor, the A5 Cabriolet features a soft top that opens in 15 seconds and closes in 18 seconds at the push of a button. It can be operated at speeds of up to 50km/h and promises to offer ‘outstanding’ level of aeroacoustics, thanks to effective insulation.
Compared to the A5 Coupe, the Cabrio gets additional struts in the body and reinforced sills to compensate for the lack of a fixed roof. Its head-thorax side airbags and rollover hoops behind the rear seats also burst into action in the event of a crash and rollover.
Audi says the new A5 Cabriolet’s torsional stiffness has increased by 40 percent compared to the outgoing model, while weight is down by up to 25kg.
“The Audi A5 Cabriolet models offer a winning combination of great design, exciting driving performance and the freedom of open-top motoring,” said Paul Sansom, Managing Director of Audi Australia.
“The addition of the S5 Cabriolet goes one step further, adding potent engine sound and performance, plus a visually arresting S model design, to the exceptional feeling of open-top motoring. Even as the engine starts, this vehicle comes alive, connecting the driver and road in one seamless experience of outdoor freedom.”
Besides those structural changes, the A5 Cabriolet is largely similar to the A5 Coupe. It sports similarly chiseled bodywork dominated by a wider and flatter 3D Singleframe grille at the front, and the signature shoulder wave line down the sides.
At the back, the Cabriolet’s third brake light has been neatly integrated into the aluminium trim strip at the base of the hood.
The 2017 A5 Cabriolet is 47mm longer than its predecessor at 4,673mm; its wheelbase has also been stretched by 14mm to 2,765mm, while boot space has increased by 60 litres to 380 litres.
The boot is access via an automatic tailgate that can be optionally equipped with kick-to-open gesture control and expanded through the 50/50 split rear seats.
Three drivetrain options are available in the new A5 Cabriolet. The entry-level 2.0 TFSI S tronic drives the front wheels only with 140kW and 320Nm, with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission replacing its predecessor’s multitronic CVT. It’s capable of 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds. Fuel consumption is improved, thanks to the dual injection, B-cycle combustion and start-stop technology, at just 5.9L/100km.
The remaining two models in the A5 line-up are both quattro models, with an all-wheel drive arrangement that employs a centre differential for front-to-rear torque split of 40:60. Up to 70 percent of the engine’s torque can be directed to the front and up to 85 percent to the rear depending on driving conditions.
The 2.0 TFSI engine delivers 185kW/370Nm, and together with the advantage of quattro, can reach 100km/h from rest in only 6.3 seconds.
Both 2.0 TFSI engines are equipped with the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission as standard.
At the top of the range, the S5 Cabriolet is 40kg lighter than its predecessor. With a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine that is an all-new design from the ground up, the new engine produces 260kW (up 15kW), while peak torque of 500Nm (up 60Nm) is available from as low as 1370rpm.
Efficiency is also assured, at just 7.9 L/100km, also thanks to the same innovative B-cycle combustion method used in the 2.0 TFSI engine.
Matched to an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission and quattro, the all-new S5 Cabriolet accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.1sec. As an enhancement to the standard quattro driveline, it is also possible to option a sport differential on the rear axle that can apportion even more torque to the wheel with the most grip. Audi claims this effectively ‘points’ the car towards the apex of a corner.
Newly developed five-link front and rear suspensions is standard on all A5 and S5 models, and can be further complemented by the optional adaptive dampers (standard on S5) that can be adjusted for a more comfortable ride, focused dynamics and everything in between via the Audi drive select system.
Braking in the S5 Cabriolet is taken care of with 350mm ventilated front discs clamped by 6-piston calipers.
The new model sees a significant increase in standard specification across the range. In the case of the S5 Cabriolet, Audi says the total improvement in customer value is around $27,000.
The entry-level A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI boasts 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, Audi virtual cockpit, MMI Navigation plus (with 10GB media storage and 2x SDHC slots), Audi connect with Audi smartphone interface (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), DAB+ digital radio, convenience key and the 180w Audi sound system all as standard equipment, with additional standard features on the quattro models.
The A5 Cabriolet features numerous safety features, including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), along with other safety assistance features like exit warning, side assist, parking system plus with rear view camera and rear cross traffic alert.
2018 Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet pricing
A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI S tronic 140kW – $83,400
A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 185kW – $95,000
S5 Cabriolet 3.0 TFSI quattro tiptronic 260kW – $119,111