Audi has dropped the curtain on the painfully awesome RS5 Cabriolet, which will go on sale in Germany in Spring of 2013.

Audi's much loved 4.2-liter FSI V8 is nestled under the hood, sending 450 horsepower through a seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch gearbox to Audi's Quattro all wheel drive. The S-Tronic can be operated via steering wheel paddle shifters, while the Quattro system uses a 40:60 front/rear power ratio. Depending on the conditions, it can transfer up to 70 percent of power to the front wheels, or 85 percent to the rear when needed. Together, these systems will allow the RS5 to get from a standstill up to 62 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph), but according to the translation, the customer can ask to have that raised to 280 km/h (174 mph).

In non-performance-related numbers, the convertible top raises in 15 seconds and closes in 17 at speeds of up to 31 mph. The RS5 is visually set off with RS badging, grey front spoiler, and standard 19-inch forged aluminum wheels. Twenty-inch rollers are also available.

Word is that the RS5 Cabriolet will, in fact, be coming to America. When it goes on sale in Germany, it will carry a base price of €88,500, which translates into $111,427. No word on when the car will arrive here or how many will make the trip across the Atlantic. Check out the gallery of high-res photos and sift through the translated press release below.
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Dynamics in the open air - the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet

Audi is expanding the series with an open top model

4.2 FSI engine with 331 kW (450 hp), 0 to 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds

Elegant and spacious body with a soft top

The exterior design

Flowing silhouette with perfectly balanced proportions and sharp details - in
RS 5 Cabriolet wins the dynamics of Audi especially nice shape. A frame in matt aluminum look sums up one of the hexagonal single-frame grille, its honeycomb grille insert, decorated with a 5-RS badge shines in anthracite. Wedge-shaped headlights with wavy edges glow with xenon plus units and LED strips that form the daytime running lights. The strikingly styled front skirt includes large air inlets and tapers to a splitter edge.

Essays on the door sills and the widened wheel arches dominate the side view of the tornado line that forms the shoulder of the RS 5 Cabriolet is drawn especially sharp. The housings of the exterior mirrors in aluminum look, the surface of the windshield frame and the trim around window wells and top compartment lid are made of anodised aluminum.
Like a flat, smooth dome, the light soft top of the RS 5 Cabriolet spans the spacious interior, a special foam layer provides high acoustic comfort. Opens by pressing a button and the soft top closes automatically in 15 or 17 seconds, even while driving at 50 km / h
When open, it restricts the spacious luggage room a little - of the 380 liters of volume it takes up only 60 liters. The rear seat backs can be folded down, split a load-through facility from the trunk into the back of improved variability. Targeted reinforcements give the open body rigidity, the aluminum front wings offset some of the resulting additional weight.
Elegant light bands glow in the LED tail lights, which dispense entirely on conventional light bulbs. Like the lights, the rear bumper is redrawn be diffuser is drawn far above, a honeycomb grille insert includes two large, elliptical exhaust tailpipes. On the boot lid, a subtle lip spoiler in
matte carbon provides more downforce, if desired, the lips are painted in body color.
The Audi RS 5 Cabriolet measures 4,649 millimeters in length, 1,860 millimeters in width and 1,380 mm in height, a wheelbase of 2751 millimeters. Eight colors are available - a plain tone, four metallic and pearl-effect and three crystal effect paint finishes. The soft top is available in black, gray, red or brown. Audi also offers an optics package in matt aluminum and an engine room design package with materials of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). The drag coefficient is 0.34, the underbody paneling significantly contributes to aerodynamic fine-tuning.

The interior

Characteristic of the RS 5 is the three-spoke steering wheel with flat-bottomed rim that is covered with perforated leather. The multifunction buttons can be use as intuitive as any other controls in the RS 5 Cabriolet. The terminal of the optional MMI navigation plus about coming out with six fixed buttons for the main menu to control the driving dynamics system Audi drive select, a single button. The white label, black dials give a strong contrast and can be read easily. The driver information system are ambitious driver a lap timer for lap times and an oil thermometer.

The sport seats are electrically adjustable and they have high cheek for optimal lateral support, integrated head restraints, lumbar support and an extendable thigh support. The reference is a combination of leather and Alcantara, optional black or silver moon Feinnappaleder. All leathers are pigmented to inhibit heating by sunlight. Alternatively, there are manually adjustable bucket seats and climate-controlled comfort seats with a ventilation function.

The interior of the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet is finished in black, the inner lining of the hood on request in star silver. Fine chrome trim, subtle trims in high-gloss black and carbon fiber inlays underscore the dynamic appearance. Audi also offers the no-cost deposits in Race aluminum, piano black finish, matt brushed aluminum or stainless steel mesh.

The backs of the seats, the deposits of aluminum door sills, the steering wheel, in the rev counter and the selector lever knob of the seven-speed S tronic to find RS-lettering. The door consists of two narrow strips that shine pedals and many controls in aluminum look. The Audi exclusive program offers many more options for customization.

The motor

As a driver for the RS 5 Cabriolet is a highly rotating FSI V8 naturally aspirated engine with direct injection. From its 4,163 cm3 displacement, he draws 331 kW (450 hp) at 8,250 1/min, 4000-6000 rpm it produces its maximum torque of 430 Nm. The 4.2 FSI with the red painted cylinder head cover, resulting in the Hungarian plant in Győr hand assembly, achieves a specific output of 79.5 kW (108.1 hp) per liter, each hp has to move only 4.267 kg vehicle weight. The long-stroke engine with an aluminum crankcase breathing freely, flaps in the exhaust tailpipes vary the sonorous roar. Optionally available from Audi a sport exhaust system with black tailpipes.
The Audi RS 5 Cabriolet shoots himself in 4.9 seconds from zero to 100 km / h The top speed is limited to 250 km / h, at the customer Audi lifts them to 280 km / h. On average, the V8 with 10.9 liters of fuel per 100 km are satisfied. Its cylinder walls and the chain drive are optimized to minimize friction, the oil pump operates on demand.

The power transfer

Dual-clutch gearbox, as the seven-speed S tronic, the RS 5 Cabriolet, are characterized by high efficiency, which in this model improved by the high-ratio final gear yet. Switching is implemented by changing the clutches so fast and fluently that they are hardly noticeable. The driver, the seven-speed S tronic in the D and S programs can operate automatically or control to the selector lever or the paddles on the steering wheel. A useful starting aid for the racetrack is the launch control. It allows for a great start on the engagement of the clutch for ideal starting speed.
The permanent all-wheel drive quattro gives the RS 5 Cabriolet decisive advantages in traction and stability. Indeed, its heart, the crown gear center differential is compact and lightweight. In normal driving operation, it distributes the torque in the ratio 40: 60 between the front and rear axles; if necessary it can be up to 70 percent of a maximum of 85 percent to the front or to the rear lead. The wheel-torque control, an intelligent software solution complements the work of the center differential.

If a curve inside wheel during fast cornering greatly relieved, it is braked slightly before slippage occurs - it is the RS 5 Cabriolet in the border area extremely long neutral.

At Audi offers the sport differential, which distributes power via two superposition stages active between the rear wheels. As a perfect complement to the quattro drivetrain is the RS 5 Cabriolet pushes the limit formally into the curve, it has any tendency to oversteer or understeer instantly prevented approach.

The chassis

High technical effort marks the suspension of the open four-seater. The five-link front suspension and self-tracking trapezoidal-link rear axle are made in a wide range of aluminum. The speed-sensitive power steering system uses an electromechanical drive, it operates directly, sensitive and highly efficient. The body is 20 millimeters lower than the Audi A5 Cabriolet and the bearings are stiff, oversized stabilizers stronger. Forged aluminum wheels in high-gloss turned ten-spoke design from 9 J x 19 wheels with size 265/35 are standard equipment, optional are 20-inch wheels available in three attractive colors with tires in size 275/30.

When brakes are ventilated and perforated discs in weight-saving wave design in use, the front have 365 millimeters in diameter. The wave-shaped outer contour of the friction rings reduces unsprung masses by about three kilograms. Pins connect the discs with aluminum brake pots - a concept from the world of motorsport. The brake calipers are painted black, the front delay with eight pistons. The stabilization control ESC brings a sport mode and can be switched off completely. On request, Audi mounted on the front carbon fiber-ceramic discs with six-piston calipers.

The Audi drive select driving dynamics system is part of the standard equipment of the RS 5 Cabriolet. It allows the driver comfort, the characteristics of the steering, the seven-speed S tronic, the throttle and the exhaust sound flaps in the modes vary auto and dynamic, if a MMI navigation system is on board, the individual mode is added.

The sport differential, adaptive cruise control and dynamic steering, which varies its ratio according to speed by almost 100 percent, can also integrate into the system.

Another option, which is subject to regulation by the Audi drive select system, the sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) - a purely mechanical, without delay working system. Pairs of shock absorbers, which are diagonally opposite, are connected by pipelines and a central valve together; during fast cornering, the system increases the support of the outside front suspension compression. The characteristics of the shock absorbers can be adjusted in three steps.
The equipment

The Audi RS 5 Cabriolet is being launched with an extensive standard equipment of the band. It includes, among other things, the parking system plus, heated seats for driver and front passenger, automatic belt feeder, a wind deflector, the lighting package, the driver information system with break recommendation and a comprehensive package of restraint systems. With an imminent rollover shoot thick aluminum plates up behind the rear headrests. The sporty and luxury options include a three neck-level heating, the convenience key, the high-beam assistant, adaptive light and the three-zone deluxe automatic air conditioning.

The RS 5 Cabriolet, all support systems from the A5 family choice. Adaptive cruise control maintains the open-top four-seater on the desired distance to the vehicle ahead and support the driver when braking. Below 30 km / h speed it causes a full emergency delay. The Audi side assist monitors the area behind the vehicle, helping to change lanes safely. Audi active lane assist with keeping the track easier. The parking system plus can be extended by a rear view camera.

On the field, multimedia, Audi offers an entire system of building blocks at the top of the MMI navigation plus with a large hard drive, a DVD drive and seven-inch color monitor. Your perfect match is Audi connect including car phone that connects the RS 5 Cabriolet to the Internet. The front passenger can move freely through the integrated Wi-Fi hotspot with their mobile devices on the web. For the driver's customized Audi connect online services are available - from the Audi online traffic information to navigation with Google Earth images and Street View.
Deliveries of the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet starts in Germany in spring 2013. The basic price will be 88,500 euros.