If you want an Audi RS5 Cabriolet, get ready to pony up $77,900 for the new 2013 model. The convertible boasts a 4.2-liter V8 engine with 450 horsepower on tap as well as 317 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and quattro all wheel drive, Audi says the machine can blink to 60 miles per hour in a scant 4.9 seconds. Top speed clicks out at 174 mph.

Even so, engineers managed to pull better fuel economy from the car. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the 2013 Audi RS5 Cabriolet will return 16 miles per gallon city and 22 mpg highway for a combined rating of 18 mpg. Audi says that's good enough to skip the infamous gas guzzler tax.

While the RS5 Cab will be available with many of the options buyers have come to expect from the luxury German automaker, we're more interested in the available carbon-ceramic rotors. Buyers can bolt on the hi-po hardware for an extra $6,000. Check out the full press release for more information.
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Audi kicks off spring with pricing announcement of all-new 2013 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet

Pricing starts at $77,900 for the all-new 2013 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet with class-leading* fuel efficiency and unadulterated V8 top down fun

The highly successful RS 5 coupe extends its model series with the addition of this high-revving performance soft-top, which entices with a unique combination of prestige, power and efficiency.

With nearly identical performance numbers as the coupe, the RS 5 Cabriolet is powered by a high-revving, naturally aspirated 4.2 liter V8 engine that produces 450 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 317 lb.-ft. between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. Equipped with the seven-speed double clutch S tronic® transmission with launch control and standard quattro® all-wheel drive, the RS 5 Cabriolet launches from 0-60 MPH in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed limited to 174 MPH; while at the same time achieving better fuel economy versus the primary competitors with an EPA estimated 16 city / 22 highway/ 18 combined and no gas guzzler tax.

"With spring just around the corner, Audi adds to the already impressive RS family with the all-new RS 5 Cabriolet, and at the perfect time," said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America, "Top-down driving has been considered one of the best experiences a driver can have behind the wheel, and what a better way to enjoy the weather than to drive this vehicle with the top down, listening to the exhilarating sound of this outstanding V8 engine."

Starting at $77,900, the RS 5 Cabriolet is the epitome of superior, high-end performance, prestige and practicality. When the top is down, it requires only 2.12 cu-ft. of its 13.42 cu-ft. trunk volume. On hot summer days when the top is down, drivers can select the optional climate-controlled seats for added comfort. During a cool fall day, the driver can remain warm when the top is down with the optional neck-level heating vents located on the seats.

The split rear seatbacks can be folded over individually, and a load-through hatch from the trunk to the rear seating area improves ease of access functionality. Special reinforcements contribute to the convertible body's high rigidity, and aluminum front fenders compensate for some of the added weight of the reinforcements.

RS 5 Cabriolet customers looking to achieve superior braking performance can select ceramic brakes for the front rotors, a standalone package priced at $6,000.

The new LED light strips illuminate the headlights and taillights with a restructured appearance. Similar to the headlights, the rear bumper was also redesigned; its diffuser is now much higher, and a honeycomb screen insert encloses the two large elliptical tailpipes of the exhaust system. On the trunk lid there is a subtle body color spoiler lip for additional downforce.

The sport seats have power adjustments, high side panels for optimal lateral support, integrated head restraints, a lumbar support and a pull-out thigh support. They are upholstered in black or lunar silver Fine Nappa leather or in the optional combination of leather and Alcantara. All leather types are pigmented to help reduce heating by sunlight. At the press of a button, the soft top opens and closes automatically in 15 seconds and 17 seconds respectively – even when driving at speeds of up to 30 mph.

The 2013 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet will go on sale in April 2013. To see and hear the sounds of spring created by Audi please visit: http://youtu.be/ufKc_7ZVyd0

ABOUT AUDI
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was a top-performing luxury brand in Europe during 2012, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S. Through 2016, AUDI AG will invest about $17 billion on new products, facilities and technologies. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.

All prices listed are the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price and exclude transportation, taxes, title, options, and dealer charges. Where stated, fuel economy values are EPA estimates; actual mileage will vary.

* Audi of America, Inc. defines the competitive class as automatic transmission versions of the 2013 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet and BMW M3 Convertible models. "Class leading fuel efficiency" based on EPA city, highway and combined fuel economy estimates for each model; 16 mpg city / 22 mpg highway/ 18 mpg combined for Audi RS 5 Cabriolet. Actual mileage will vary.


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      11fiveoh
      • 1 Year Ago
      4.9 0-60? That's what my 13' s4 does...
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @11fiveoh
        I'd wait for real world tests. Automakers generally aren't aggressive in their performance specs obviously. They're generally rather conservative.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Damn my toupee!
      jtav2002
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd prefer the coupe, this still looks great though. Now bring over the RS6 Avant. That's the Audi I really want, even if I can't afford it.
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      oh how the RS series has fallen
      witz323
      • 1 Year Ago
      An $80,000 \"RS\" Car that does 0-60 in 4.9 Seconds??? Whoa, whoa, whoa...doesn\'t that sound very, oh i don\'t know, 2004ish? The e46 M3 probably comes close to that time, and that had something like 340Hp and was introduced back in 2002. Come on Audi, get with the freakin\' program. No way should a car that slow carry the RS badge.
      mookieblaylock
      • 1 Year Ago
      old man pig car no want
      Mchicha
      • 1 Year Ago
      For that price, they can keep it.
      hellyenmtp
      • 1 Year Ago
      I will take a ZL1 convertible for that type coin.
      rkmyrkmy@me.com
      • 1 Year Ago
      this is a real bargain in the u.s. : approx 79 k dollars and equivalent to approx 60 k euro - whereas here in europe and according to audi's online configuartor and price lists the pricing starts at approx 90 k euros - so europeans are subsidizing the u.s. market - strange - what a policy
      dss10
      • 1 Year Ago
      $80K alotta coin but it will only cost $40K in 2016!
      Mark Skerritt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Considering the old RS4 was $10,000 less than this not that long ago, this is a major ripoff.
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      This will be a favorite for Govt workers and Lobbyists in/around DC. I can see it already.
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @johnb
        You think that Govt workers can afford this? Think again...not unless their spouses are the ones making the money.
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