• Feb 22, 2009

Click above for a hi-res gallery of the Audi S5 Cabriolet (A5 Cabriolet gallery here)

With the cars' European launch looming in Q2 '09, Audi has flooded its media site with new glamour shots of the Audi A5 and S5 cabriolets. The press release detailing the Euro-market lineup is pasted after the jump. Across the pond, the A5 range will include a 160-horsepower 1.8 TSI; two flavors of the 2.0 TFSI (180 and 211 horsepower); the 265-horsepower 3.2 FSI V6; a 240-horsepower 3.0 TDI; and a 190-horsepower 2.7 TDI. The S5 gets the new, supercharged 3.0 V6 making 333 horses. Other Cabrio-specific touches include an optional head-level heating system and leather that's specially coated to help keep the ladies from scorching their gams in the summer. The U.S. models arrive in Fall '09 with fewer engine selections. Same sexy bodywork, though.



[Source: Audi]

PRESS RELEASE:
Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet – the joy of open-top driving

Dynamic, confident and stunning – 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 "S" traditionally stands for supreme sportiness – 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 – 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-seater's 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 – a V6 with mechanical supercharger – 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.

The equipment, specifications, and prices stated herein refer to the model range offered for sale in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      to me all the audi cars look fresh. I am tired of seeing a bunch of BMWs all the time. its seems like BMWs are polluting the earth like Siberian rats. A nice Audi like this in the road would make me think that those in this market have some sense of style and uniqueness.
      • 5 Years Ago
      insufficient hp for the S5....need a V8 for this class and 400+hp

      Otherwise it's just another secretary's car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, I don't cut through traffic. It's not possible where I live. There's not even enough space to leave as much space in front or behind you as you need to be safe, let alone find enough space to cut into. We have serious traffic problems.

        One of those traffic problems is that people seem to think that cutting up the right at merges is a great idea. If everyone looks ahead and makes room properly, there wouldn't be a problem. But instead, some joker decides to run up the clearly marked disappearing lane and hammer in at the end. This causes everyone behind where they hammer in to slow down to make room, thus making that column even more dense, so that the next joker that tries it causes even more disruption. Since this column is so dense, people move to the next lane, causing that lane to slow down too, making the problem even worse.

        Then there is the advanced course, people moving into exit-only lanes (which are clearly marked over a mile ahead), to run up past traffic and hammer back into the through lanes at the front, causing the same problem as above.

        I dunno what traffic is around you, maybe we have different ideas of what traffic is and what cutting through traffic is. But around here, it's a big reason for the slowdowns on our highways that continue all the way through rush hour and even after that when the carpool lanes reopen to all traffic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's a task best left for the RS5.
        • 5 Years Ago
        why not - You're on a auto site and you don't cut through traffic? If you do it right and time it well and give everyone else enough space you can make serious time without annoying anyway. And lets face it...here in Toronto, everyone is stuck on the left lane thinking it's the fastest one, so we just use the right lane to good effect.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly.

        And I don't think a 333HP car is a 'secretary's car'.

        It's how you drive, not how much power you have. I've seen old ladies in Mustang GTs holding up traffic, while mid-20s guys in 'speed3s skillfully cutting through traffic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I love it, really, the 3.0T is a lot more fuel efficient, and allows the new S5 to provide even faster acceleration than the old, but it's still not enough for some arm chair racers. Oh well. I'm sure it'll be a sublimely entertaining drive, even with DSG. As mentioned, that RS5 will be the resolute option for the power hungry, especially if it's putting out a rumored 500hp
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why is cutting through traffic a good thing? When there's enough traffic to "cut through", it usually means that people making a lot of rapid lane changes and such are just going to slow down the rest of the traffic even further.

        I find it ridiculous someone would complain that 333HP isn't enough.
        • 5 Years Ago
        MazdaFTW, you lose.
        Cutters cause people behind to hit the brakes. Whether you think so or not, you are single-handedly responsible for making the traffic jam worse.

        Idiots like you deserve the same tickets that people going 50kph over get. You not only put yourself and other people at risk, you make everyone else later just so you can arrive 12 seconds sooner.

        I drive a nice Audi, and am always concerned about idiots driving their MPS3's, cutting in front of me on the 403.
        • 5 Years Ago
        hp is just a number. This new engine actually is only 10 bhp down on the previous one, but 23 more lbft of torque as well as being lighter and more economical. So this car is only slightly slower than the V8 although the V8 noise does stir like a V6 can only dream of.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car lost all the sexy that the coupe has. Also, why no retractable hardtop?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 328i Convertible weighs in at 3858lbs with slush box.

        The a5 cabriolet weighs in at 3769 with slush box and awd.

        By negating a hard top Audi's managed to produce a car almost 100lbs lighter WITH awd and a .3 second quicker sprint to sixty. I'm actually pretty stoked to see someone like tiff take the two around the track to see how they compare, i'm betting the BMW will be more tail happy and slower.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That car, and all of Audi's As look as classically correct as a car can be, good proportions and clean designs. Love them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This and the hardtop are quite simply the closest thing to sex on wheel at any reasonable price point. The engine line-up isn't that of BMW but who cares... just look at it
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looks like a grandma car. Especially the white one.

        I've always been told I have a great eye but I can't tell one Audi from another. I've seen some A5s on the road and they're much uglier in person. And friggin' bloated. From the rear it's startingly boring, from the side it looks like a Sebring. The wheels look messed up. I think the amount of buttons positioned so far from your driving view is almost comical.

        Pic #6 of the white convertible is a great example of why I think Mercedes and BMW make much, much, much more interesting looking cars. This thing looks like a glorified VW...

        If that's sex on wheels I'd prefer to be an automotive virgin.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're kidding me, right? You think Audi designs are bloated and boring compared to BMW and Benz designs???

        Beauty truly IS in the eye of the beholder.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's heck of a cool granny who drives this car. Cars don't come much more beautiful than the A5.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a former owner of a 2003 A4 Cabrio (drove it until 2006) it saddens me to say but this is somehow... unspectacular, nearly boring for a new Audi cabrio.

      It totally lacks the hotness of the A5 coupe. I'm unable to tell why exactly but regarding the looks of the new A5 cabrio and the expected high price I would rather buy the previous generation (where I even liked the interior more).

      And trust me... :) my A4 cabrio was a *fantastic* car, no doubt!
        • 5 Years Ago
        So true. This car really is bland without the sleek lines of the hardtop.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. It isn't as good looking as the A5. Still, it's at least as good as the outgoing A4 cabrio, so no loss here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who thinks it was a better decision to stick with a soft top? Less weight, less complexity, less of that bubble butt rear end necessary to store the soft top.

      Also, let's face it, while German cars are well engineered, reliability is not a strong point, who wants to own an A5 hardtop convertible that gets stuck or doesn't work properly.

      Modern soft tops are every bit as quiet and well engineered as a hardtop.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The only hard-top convertible I like is the SLK. And thats because the car was designed with it in mind. Otherwise, soft-tops are the best. When i buy my MX-5, I know I'll pick up the soft-top. What's the point of rolling in a drop-top if most people can't even tell it's a drop-top when the top is up lol.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ... I meant to say store the hardtop.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Axel:
        I'm glad that you've had good experiences with your vehicles. However, as someone who reads Autoblog, and is able to speak in an intelligent manner, my bet is that you also take good care of your vehicles, make sure to keep up on scheduled maintenance, and fix small problems before they become bigger problems.

        With that said, the vast majority of people view their car as an appliance and treat it as such. If someone does not maintain a complicated mechanism, like a folding hardtop, lots of problems will crop up and they will tell everyone how unreliable their Audi is and inform Consumer Reports that it needs "black dots". Also, I feel that European vehicles are more repair prone because they tend to be the first cars to use new technologies, whereas the Japanese are more cautious in integrating new technology.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Defective power windows are not standard stuff, ESPECIALLY within 3 years of buying the car.

        I've had the same Audi for 9 years, it can't hold a candle to my Saturn I had for 8. It had more repairs in the first 18 months than my Saturn did over the whole time I owned it. It had more repairs I paid for in the first 2 months out of warranty than I paid for on the Saturn at all. My Audi never went a 6 month period without a MIL (check engine light) until I had owned it for 3 years (the period from 2.5 to 3 years was the first one with no MIL). I got tired of people asking me why my spiffy new car had a failure indicator light on. It became embarrassing and made me look like a fool for buying it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Quote: "Also, let's face it, while German cars are well engineered, reliability is not a strong point"

        I have been driving only german cars for the past 10 years (Rabbit, TT, Passat, A4 Cabrio, BMW 5-series, etc.). I drive roughly 40k miles per year and have had _ZERO_ reliability issues with any of these cars (although I have to admin that I always bought them new and sold them after max. 3 years).

        Just minor issues (like defect power windows on the TT, standard stuff that happens with any manufacturer)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I respect Audi for sticking with fabric top. It looks better than a hardtop when both are up as well, looks more "classic" and "cool". And modern (especially Audi) soft tops should have no problem with keeping noises low and refinement high as a decent hardtop whilst lugging less weight and all. Hey, nobody has complained about Bentley's (also VAG, sorry, Porsche) soft tops, right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ive seen these around now, I have to say what attracts me to them is the headlights. they look very cool when on, but way too 335i/M3, put them side to side and I couldn't tell you the difference.
      • 5 Years Ago
      to compensate for the A5 coupe's class roof that only pops 4 inches.
      • 5 Years Ago
      meh, looks good but i think it takes away a lot of the sleekness/sexiness of the hardtop
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would even go so far as saying that the cabriolet looks downright UGLY compared to the hardtop!
        OK, maybe I won't go THAT far, but I think the convertible profile definitely ruins the look of the car overall.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. The cabrio looks OK, but seems diminished in comparison to the gorgeous coupe.
        • 5 Years Ago
        agreed, i think the a5 cabrio kinda looks like a pickup (a-la the chevy ssr) from the side profile.
      • 5 Years Ago
      take that bmw!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks good, looking forward to driving the 3.0T.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The new A6 with the same engine (with less power though) is labelled 3.0T. And yeah, their letters can be confusing, but basically they don't differentiate much between superchargers and turbochargers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's not a T. It's supercharged but not turbocharged.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Where do you see Audi calling it a 3.0T? I see TFSI, but they also call both a twincharger a TSI and a 2.0T a TSI, so their letters mean nothing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Correct, I think we're all aware of that, however audi calls it a 3.0T. Just as BMW calls 5 series with a 4.8L engine a 550, the 3 series with a bi turbo 3.0L a 335i, and the X6 with a 3.0L bi turbo an "xDrive35i", Audi's taking a bit of liberty with the supercharged 3.0L. I don't care for it, but just as I call the 335i a "335i" and not a "330T" because that's what BMW deems fit, so to will i call this car and it's powerplant by it's rear badge, unless explicitly writing out "supercharged three liter vee six" :). I think it's a stupid naming scheme, but in the scheme of things it's far from the worst.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm gonna miss the V8. I know the blown six has almost as much power, more torque and gets better gas mileage but the V8 sounds so cool.
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