A month after paperwork for the California Air Resources Board for certification, the genuine item is being driven around the Nürburgring for a different kind of sign-off. The folks at CarPix caught the 450-horsepower Audi droptop at the German landmark.

When it's not being wrung out, we figure the cabriolet is being prepped for a debut at this fall's Paris Motor Show. You'll find its angles, hidden under the obligatory non-standard paint job, in the gallery of high-res photos.


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      • 2 Years Ago
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        • 2 Years Ago
        Rs models always come at the midlife cycle of the cars. remember the rs4 came in 2007? its was after the A4 was launched in 2005.2
      Agilis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Audi S5 is probably one of the best looking cars on the road. It's lines and shape make it one of the most desirable cars to own. Because of this, it's also one of the hardest cars to get your hands on. Now I don't particularly like what Audi did to the front end with their face lift because it definitely has lost it's aggressive look. But I won't sit here and knock it like the majority here. Either you are an Audi hater, or straight up delusional.
      Merc1
      • 2 Years Ago
      The A5/S5/RS5 bodystyle will have 6 months left of production by the time this car comes to market. Question is why bother? M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Merc1
        Rs4 convertible came in the last 2 years of production of the A4 cab, so it seems logical. RS models always come the last 2-3 years of the body style cycle.
        Adrian Elliot
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Merc1
        What do you mean? Not trolling -- serious question. No more A5/S5/RS5?
      Doctor Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like Audi and BMW both get their vinyl camo wraps from the same shelf at Jimmy's House of Black + White Swirls... Seriously though, some camo/cladding/obfuscation jobs work pretty well, they mask the overall look of the car sufficiently that the manufacturer can do a big dramatic reveal for the press later on. But ones like this Audi, I gotta say I don't really get it. The shape/lines/style of the car are plain as day, even the half-assed attempt to obscure the front/rear lamps is ineffective given that you can see the plain seam at the edge of the body panel. The camo wrap serves no purpose except to loudly shout "hey everyone, look at me, I'm pretending to be top secret, please take a photo of me for your blog/website/magazine!". Which perhaps is the point, and maybe I've answered my own question. But are we still supposed to look surprised when they officially take the wraps off the thing in Paris?
      A P
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even under the camo, it is the same 'ol boring German crap.
        polo110
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A P
        Boring german crap huh ? Dual clutch gear box 4.2 liter v8 450hp, yeaa so boring huh. what do your japs make that are interesting?
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A P
        Seriously? Why do you even try? Every damn European car article I see you trolling about how European cars are so crappy and so inferior. I seriously wonder what you drive, probably a fart can Civic with a gigantic spoiler and some trashy decals. What Non German vehicles would you recommend in this segment that are so great? Oh, that's right, the Germans invented this segment, they pretty much dominate. Unless you count the IS-F, which looks great but falls flat in performance compared to competitors from BMW, Audi, and MB. Go away.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like an illegitimate child of Miata and Elantra. Ugly!
        srDRIVEN
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        This is so off base, I'm tempted to not even dignify it with a response. However, the fact that you have multiple comments here has been a call to action. This kind of post is neither informative or constructive; it's useless blabbing on at the mouth for no reason. I happen to be an Audi fan, but this is just ridiculous no matter the setting/brand. I'd encourage you to put down the Fritos, ascend from your mother's basement, quit watching reruns of That 70's Show, and come outside to smell the roses. To your "=" point below. Get real. Audi has brand identity and continuity across their line up. Everyone is going to this. BMW, M-B, and Lexus (new spindle grill) are all essentially doing the same thing. I'm not saying anyone did it first, or does it better, or that it's great, or anything like that - but strong brand image and uniformity is just the way it is right now. Please don't single Audi out as if an A3=an A4= and A8 and so on. That's just completely delusional, pithy, and inaccurate.
      quuppa70
      • 2 Years Ago
      why the camouflage none would know what audi is that, they all looks the same
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @quuppa70
        A3=A4=A5=A6=A7=A8 They all look the same. Not only that, they share the body panels with their VW cousins.
          polo110
          • 2 Years Ago
          @desinerd1
          Why post if you are clueless? There is absolutely no "body panel" sharing between ANY audi and VW. Are you blind? VW doesnt even produce a car in the same class as the A6, A7, or A8 you idiot
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      I get the feeling that there's a Kia/Hyundai team of spy photographers snapping photos to develop at their headquarters. Watch out, pretty soon they'll release a convertible that looks almost identical and it'll probably be called the '********' or something similar to that god-awful QUOOUESERIS sedan a few articles below.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FIDTRO
        naah. They don't make copies of ugly cars like this.
          The Gaphreez
          • 2 Years Ago
          @desinerd1
          you're a turd.... huzzah!!
          FIDTRO
          • 2 Years Ago
          @desinerd1
          Did you just call the A5 ugly? Hear that? It's your credibility going out the window. And excuse me. But the 5-Series GT isn't a pretty car and Kia copied that.
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those tires are so low profile they simply look like thin black lines painted on the edge of the oversize wheels. Looks good, won't look half as good scuffed on a kerb or badly dinged after hitting a pothole. Or maybe they got the wrong end of the stick with the whole airless tire thing Goodyear was trying to develop. Aside from that, this is one sharp looking Audi. What of all the reviews saying that the RS5 is unlovable and too clinical, much preferring the fun, old RS4? I hope the RS gets some of its magic back in droptop and RS4 Avant form. Same thing with the RS3. Yeah, I know, 335hp AWD practical small hatchback, WOOT! But not endearing, much less than the mechanically similar TTRS, which is a cracking fun little thing despite girly origins and cramped layout. Just going by the numerous reviews, but there is some trust to be had in the collective words of professionals who have tested about every RS Audi and its direct/indirect competitors, blasts on tracks and year long evaluations.
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