2017 Audi A5 and Audi S5 Cabriolet
2017 Audi A5 and Audi S5 Cabriolet
The new Audi A5 Cabriolet* completes the second generation of the A5 family.
Up to four people can enjoy intense driving pleasure on board the open-top
mid-sized model. In the Audi S5 Cabriolet* a new six-cylinder turbocharged engine
developing 354 hp and 500 Nm (368.8 lb-ft) of torque ensures top performance.
The designers went with the precise, elegant lines of the Coupé for the shape of the new
Audi A5 Cabriolet. The rear window is now flatter and emphasizes the sporty looks, as
do the short overhangs and the long wraparound hood with power dome. With a length
of 4,673 millimeters (184.0 in), the new A5 Cabriolet is 47 millimeters (1.9 in) longer
than the predecessor model. Together with the wheelbase, which has been extended
by 14 millimeters (0.6 in), and more compact seats, this means more space for the
driver and passengers. Shoulder room in the front row of seats has been increased
by 26 millimeters (1.0 in) and knee room in the rear by 18 millimeters (0.7 in).
The classic soft top fits perfectly into the athletic design and delivers outstanding
aeroacoustics thanks to effective insulation. The new one-touch opening function
makes operating the standard acoustic hood much easier: A quick pull of the switch
is all it takes to open the soft top fully automatically in 15 seconds or close it in
18 seconds – even while driving up to 50 km/h (31.1 mph).
With its sporty and agile handling, the A5 Cabriolet is impressively dynamic. The
engineers increased the already high torsional stiffness of the previous model by a
good 40 percent. The body is now the stiffest in its class. The total weight of the new
generation has been reduced by up to 40 kilograms (88.2 lb). An updated five-link
suspension is used on the front axle. At the rear, a five-link construction replaces the
trapezoidal-link suspension used on the previous model. Adaptive dampers are
available as an option. They are incorporated into the standard Audi drive select
dynamic handling system and allow the driver to choose between a highly dynamic
or comfortable driving experience. The newly developed electromechanical power
steering offers good feedback from the road and greater steering precision.
Optionally available is dynamic steering, which varies its gear ratio depending
on the speed and steering angle.
The engine lineup initially comprises three units – a 2.0 TFSI with 185 kW (252 hp),
a 2.0 TDI with 140 kW (190 hp) and a 3.0 TDI with 160 kW (218 hp). Following the
market introduction, a 2.0 TFSI with 140 kW (190 hp) and a 3.0 TDI with 210 kW
(286 hp) will join the lineup. Compared with the predecessor model, engine output
has increased by up to 17 percent while fuel consumption has been reduced.
Front-wheel drive is standard; quattro with ultra technology and permanent all-wheel
drive are available as options. The latter is standard with the 3.0 TDI with 210 kW
(286 hp) and in the S5 Cabriolet. The sporty top model is equipped with a turbocharged,
2995 cc, six-cylinder engine producing a whopping 260 kW (354 hp) – 15 kW (21 hp)
more than with the predecessor. The sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes
5.1 seconds. Audi limits top speed to 250 km/h (155.3 mph).
A comprehensive range of infotainment awaits the driver on board the new
A5/S5 Cabriolet. Audi connect uses the fast LTE standard to deliver the brand’s
Internet services to the car, including navigation with Google Earth and Google Street
View, traffic, travel and parking information and also access to Twitter. Passengers
can surf the World Wide Web with their mobile devices using the Wi-Fi hotspot.
Thanks to the SIM card permanently installed in the car, the flat rate data plan for
the connect services is free of charge for three years – including EU-wide roaming.
With the Audi MMI connect app, the driver can access the status and parking location
of the vehicle remotely as well as lock and unlock the car. Selected smartphone
content, such as navigation, telephone and music are integrated into the vehicle’s
MMI system via Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Control of the MMI system is easy
and intuitive, thanks to natural language voice control, free text search and the
multifunction steering wheel. The touchpad in the center console is used to zoom,
scroll and enter characters. Standard seat belt microphones for the driver and front
passenger improve voice quality even with the convertible top open.
As many as 30 driver assistance systems – top in the segment – enhance safety,
comfort and efficiency. The A5/S5 Cabriolet is also equipped with the first Car-to-X
technologies. As part of a swarm, it uses the cellular phone network to report
detected speed limits or hazards such as a broken-down vehicle or a slippery road
surface to a server in the cloud. This collects the data, processes them and informs
other Audi drivers.
The trunk lid opens automatically for improved functionality. A push of a button
on the remote control key or in the driver’s door provides access to the 380 liter
(13.4 cu ft) luggage compartment. If the top is open, the trunk holds a best-insegment
320 liters (11.3 cu ft). Audi also offers optional gesture control, with which
the trunk lid opens in response to a kicking motion of the foot. Many other high-end
technologies are available, including the head-up display, the Bang & Olufsen
Sound System with 3D sound, seats with a massage function and Matrix LED
headlights with dynamic turn signals front and rear.
The new Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet will be in dealerships in Germany and other
European countries in March 2017. The generous standard equipment includes
Xenon headlights, LED rear lights, leather seats, MMI radio plus with 7-inch color
display, seat belt microphones and Audi pre sense city. The A5 Cabriolet starts at
EUR 49,350. The price for the S5 Cabriolet is EUR 67,800.