• Jun 10th 2008 at 7:28PM
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The Audi A5 Cabrio won't be officially unveiled until the Paris Motor Show, but Auto Express has snapped an undisguised tester roaming the hills of Switzerland. The hot-looking A5 Cabrio is sporting a black canvas top, which for now puts to rest notions that a hard-top convertible is in the works. A cloth top makes abundant sense because it will be less complicated than a retractable hard top and also cutting down the on overall tonnage. The Cabrio's body appears to be unchanged in comparison to the A5 coupe, save for the chrome strip that separates the stowable top from the body. We're assuming powertrains will remain unchanged versus the A5 coupe, as is typically the case for Audi cabriolets. Rumors of an A5 drop top have been rampant since the minute the coupe was first announced, so it's nice to see that the gossip has been visually confirmed. Now all we have to wait for is the much-anticipated RS5. Thanks for the tip, rsfourever!

[Source: Auto Express]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Are they kidding? A softtop?????? Ummmm, its 2008 and even Ferrari has embraced the H/T.......After my first hardtop convertible, i would NEVER go back to a soft top.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i'm happy for you that you would never go back to a soft-top. that's your OPINION. as an owner of a soft-top, i'll tell you that i would NEVER get a hardtop. the lines and design of hardtop convertibles are all wrong in my eyes: they just look plain ugly when the roof is closed (with the VW Eos, Volvo C70, and Merc SL being the only real exceptions)

        either way, what is your comment supposed to mean? Are you implying that, because the Audi A5 Cabrio doesn't have a hardtop, they are behind the times? because that's about the dumbest thing i've ever heard. just because YOU like hardtops, doesn't mean it's a better setup. And just because Ferrari has 1 hardtop model, doesn't mean everyone should do it.

        some examples of cars that are soft-tops, and are perfectly fine the way they are (starting with Ferrari!):
        Ferrari F430 Spider, BMW M6, Mercedes CLK, Bentley Continental GTC, Bentley Azure, Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Spider, Alfa Romeo Spier, Aston Martin DB9 volante, Aston Martin AMV8 Volante, Lamborghini Gallardo Roadster, Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster, Audi RS4 Cabrio, Audi TT Cabrio, BMW Z4, etc. etc. etc.

        And, in addition to the better look, soft-tops provide lower weight (why i still believe the M3 cabrio should have been a soft-top, even if the regular 3-series is hardtop), and insulation is generally just as good as in hardtops. Finally, many people who own convertibles like other people to see that they have convertibles, even when the weather does not permit it. As a result, a lot of convertible buyers will choose a ragtop over a hardtop precisely because it is a ragtop...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Guess the A4 Cabrio fans better buy now...if it were me, though, I'd wait and get the A5. Easily the sexiest Audi ever made, save for the unobtainium-enhanced R8.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The car in the picture is fabulous....
      • 7 Years Ago
      That is not an A5. It's a 2008 A4 Cabrio.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I do agree. As poor as this image is, I do not see anything resembling A5 or Audi's new design clues whatsoever.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I Agree this is the A4
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