• Dec 2, 2008
Click above for high-res image gallery of the 2010 Audi S5 cabriolet

The Audi A5 and its V8-powered S5 sibling are considered by many to be the most beautiful Audis ever created. For some time now it's been common knowledge that an open top variant of Audi's latest coupe was coming. We'll still have to wait until the Geneva Motor Show in March to see the A5 and S5 Cabriolets in the metal, but we now have details and photos of the pair. Fortunately, unlike so many other automakers, Audi has chosen to stick with a more traditional fabric top rather than an articulated metal contraption. The soft top is lighter than metal hard tops and Audi also keeps the bulk further under control with aluminum fenders. With the top folded, the trunk still has 11.3 cu-ft of usable space; try that with a retractable hard top. Europeans will get the usual array of gas and diesel engines in the drop top A5, but here in the U.S. we'll only be getting the 2.0L TFSI four-cylinder engine or the 3.2L FSI V6 that powers the A5 Coupe. The S5 is a different story. While the S5 coupe has a 4.2L V8 that it keeps until the end of the 2010 model year, the Cabriolet will immediately get the new supercharged 3.0L TFSI V6 that recently debuted in the new S4. The 333-hp V6 can be had with either the 6-speed manual or 7-speed S-Tronic dual clutch gearbox. The A5 and S5 Cabriolet go on sale here next fall, which is ironically just about when the open-air motoring season ends in many parts of the U.S.



[Source: Audi]

PRESS RELEASE

New 2010 Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet - Quick Reference: USA Data

Key Points Summary
• The A5 product line is now expanded to include Cabriolet models with three powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains (2.0 TFSI 4 cylinder, 3.2 FSI V6, 3.0 TFSI V6 with supercharged technology).
• A5 Cabriolet features ground-breaking soft top technology for elegant styling, superior room and storage space, and superb driving dynamics.
• Unique 50/50 split rear folding seats allows maximum storage flexibility • Audi Drive Select (adjustable engine/throttle mapping, suspension damping, and dynamic steering) is a benchmark in the segment and industry.
• New optional quattroSport rear differential enhances agility.
• USA market launch for A5/S5 Cabriolet is Fall 2009, as 2010 model year.
• A5/S5 Cabriolet replaces the A4/S4 Cabriolet.

Design
• A5/S5 Cabriolet interior and exterior distinctive features include:
- New rear LED lighting
- Sport seats with unique interior color offerings
- Cloth convertible top features Audi Acoustic Roof technology for a quite interior.
• Typical Audi interior design is modern and sophisticated, with clear attention to
detail, including 1 liter bottle holders in each door.
• S5 Aluminum-optic exterior accents include front and rear diffuser blades, mirror
housings, and four exhaust pipes.

Dynamics
• Modular Longitudinal Chassis architecture is the foundation for a benchmark sport sedan.
- Extensive use of new ultra-high-strength steels increase rigidity of the
body while also reducing weight.
- Repositioned clutch / torque-converter allows more forward position of
front axle.
- Better agility and turn in
- Better axle load distribution
- Shorter front overhang
- Longer wheelbase = more comfortable ride
- Repositioned steering rack, lower and closer to the wheel carriers lowers center of gravity and provides more direct steering control/feedback.
- Sporty proportions and muscular stance enhanced due to longer, wider, and lower dimensions.
- Reduced front overhang adds to visual sportiness.

Powertrain and Performance
• The following power train configurations are offered in USA:
• A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI specifications
- FSI direct injection with turbocharging
- Audi Valvelift System
- 211 hp – 258 lb-ft torque
- quattro® all-wheel drive (standard with 40/60 rear biased torque split) or FrontTrak front-wheel drive
- Tiptronic 6 speed automatic transmission for quattro model or Multitronic continuously variable transmission for the FrontTrak model
- Top speed 130 mph
• A5 Cabriolet 3.2 FSI V6 specifications:
- FSI direct injection
- Audi Valvelift System
- 265 hp – 243 lb-ft torque
- quattro all-wheel drive with 40/60 rear torque bias
- Tiptronic 6 speed automatic transmission
- Top speed 130 mph
• S5 Cabriolet 3.0 TFSI supercharged V6 specifications:
- S5 Coupe manual and 6-speed Tiptronic 354 hp / 325 lb-ft V8 continue for another year through the end of model year 2010; 2011 S5 Coupe will have 3.0 TFSI supercharger with 333 hp / 325 lb-ft, and manual and 7-speed S tronic transmissions.
- FSI direct injection with intercooled supercharger
- 333hp – 325 lb-ft
- quattro® all-wheel drive with 40/60 rear torque bias
- S tronic 7 speed double-clutch automatic transmission
- Top speed 155 mph
• Latest generation of quattro® all-wheel drive is employed, with asymmetric rear-biased torque split (40 rear under nominal conditions).
• S5 Cabriolet only: New available quattroSport rear differential dynamically varies
torque between the rear wheels.
• Fuel economy is significantly improved over A4 Cabriolet .

Innovations
• Rear 50/50 split folding seats in A5/S5 Cabriolet (not available with competitors)
• Cloth convertible top for elegant styling, superior interior and storage space, and low weight penalty (for better driving dynamics)
• New head-level heating system with heated/cooled front seats
• MMI operating logic standard with central display screen
• Audi Drive Select – varies the engine, transmission, steering, and suspension damping characteristics to suit the driver's preferences
• Audi Intelligent Key – stores service information in the key
• Advanced Key keyless entry and starting
• Bluetooth hands-free telephone interface
• Bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights
• Audi Parking System rear with rearview camera
• Electromechanical parking brake
• Hard-drive-based Navigation system with Audi third-generation MMI.
• Audi Side Assist lane change assistant
• Bang & Olufsen 505W sound system

Launch Timing and Pricing
• World auto show debut is Geneva auto show in March, 2009
• USA A5/S5 Cabriolet with all mentioned engine/transmission combinations goes on sale in Fall 2009 (as a 2010 model year vehicles).
• U.S. pricing to be announced later.


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  • 31 Comments
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hardtop convertable anyone?
      • 6 Years Ago
      so how is this different from the A4 Cabriolet? I was always under the notion that the A5 was the 'coupe' version of the A4.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The A4 cabriolet is going away. The A5 cabriolet is its replacement.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The A4 cab is being fazed out ;)
          • 6 Years Ago
          Jeremy's right, actually it was gone a while ago, with a few scragler RS4 cabs left.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's based off of the new A4 (well actually the new A4 is based of the A5), so it pretty much is a next-gen (better looking) A4 convertible.
        jj
        • 6 Years Ago
        Eric:
        In 2010, they're bringing this out and dropping the A4 Cabrio, because they are basically the same thing. If you noticed, the A4 Cabrio's design language is copied off the 2004 A4, which is a sign that it will be dropped.

        J.J. j.j. J.j. j.J.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Finally, an Audi convertible that's actually good looking..
        • 6 Years Ago
        Personally I hate this new trend of retractable-hard-top vehicles and I applaud Audis decision to stay with a soft top.

        I'm no fan of the current generation BMW 3-series, but I think they have managed to make the coupe look decent. Unfortunately the convertible looks like it was designed as an afterthought with the top down and it's completely idiotic looking with the top up; the lines and proportions just don't fit at all with the rest of the car.
        If you look at the previous generation 3-series the soft-top convertible was the most gorgeous of a bunch of very attractive looking cars.

        Same goes for the miata; the hard-top version is unfortunate looking at best while the soft-top is good looking top up or down.

        I hope this retractable hardtop fad ends soon.

        • 6 Years Ago
        ...with the top down, certainly. Unfortunately, when the top is up is looks like it's wearing a fabric hat :-(

        Forget the 'authentic' look of woven materials. BMW's 3-series cabrio has shown us what the future really looks like.

        It's a shame they made this stylistic regression on an otherwise stunning design. I was really looking forward to A5 cabrio technology that was as avant-garde as its body sculpting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That S5 Cabrio is probably just about perfect, stylish, fast, should drive nearly as well as the S4 (I hope...). Wow, that is awesome, I'd buy one if I had the money and Top Gear didn't label Audis as uncool.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hehe, true, as if Clarkson was a good judge of "cool".
        • 6 Years Ago
        Screw Top Gear. This thing's awesome.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So the 2.0T quattro has a slushbox in the USA, but a manual or 7-speed DSG in Europe?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Such a beautiful looking convertible. I'm glad its keeping the soft top, it gives it a more classical and elegant look than the hardtop convertibles.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I spent a few days in the S5 last month in Houston and it was a pleasure to drive.

      Boring looking. A rare 2009 should turn heads.

      Moderate power. Don't get me wrong, it's no slouch, but it is somewhat underwhelming.

      I would absolutely demand a hard-top convertable over cloth if a top-down model was on the list.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those looks just as good as I thought they would look. Now I'm looking forward to seeing the RS5.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear BMW/Acura/Honda/Infiniti,

      The pictures attached to this post are examples of 'Clean Design' and 'Cohesive Design Language'. Where every details flows throughout the whole car and does not abruptly attempt to combine with superflous 'I gotta do that too!' kinks and bulges.

      Thank you

      Audi
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't know
        - if it wasn't for the line running accross it, it would be another bar of soap looking design from Audi (see Audi A6)

        I think it looks good, but i'd still opt for a G37 considering this Audi will cost a bunch more and still not as agile nor as quick i'm betting

        I do like the fact htey stayed with a soft top, always make the desing look better
        • 6 Years Ago
        that's because this is the only soft-top luxury convertible out of the group you just mentioned.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LoL
        Obviously you didn't drive BMW. Audi is POS compare to BMWs, and 335i is can easly beat s*t out of S5 V8.
        Also the design of S5 is just a copy of BMW 3 series coupe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I drove the A4 2.0T in trying to decide what vehicle will replace my C230. (I was really after the A3, but for some reason the A4 leases better.) While I think the A4 is the best looking sedan in its class (except the base model with black window trim, small wheels, and no LED DRLs), the engine underwhelmed me. In the A3, the 2.0T/DSG combination makes for a go-kart. In the A4, I felt/heard nothing sporty. As appealing as the efficiency is, I cannot imagine this engine being any fun with the extra weight of the convertible structure.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car would be good, with the 2.5 VW Rabbit "Based" engine that is is going in the Audi TT-RS
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would take it that a 2.0T version of the A5 hardtop is coming as well for 2010. That will be one really nice ride and a bit more affordable then the present v6 models.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oops, that's 27 mpg for the Quattro A4, not 30. 30 mpg is for the FWD version. That's only 1 mpg better than the 3.2 engine. Never mind . . .
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