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Audi’s A5 Cabrio is here!

10 July 2017, 8:26 am

The change from Audi’s previous generation A5 range to the second generation edition is approaching completion with the introduction of the all new Cabriolet model in SA. The A5 Cab is following the recent launches of the new Coupe as well as Sport back derivatives, with only some added engine choices still to come across the three body styles.

The ragtop A5 is now available with three engine and drive train options, a 140kW/320Nm 2 liter turbo with front wheel drive, a 185kW/370Nm 2 liter turbo with Quattro all wheel drive and a range topping S5 Quattro with a 260kW/500Nm 3 liter turbo V6. Gearbox options also include six speed manual or seven speed S tronic automatics in 2 liter models, whereas the s5 is being sold with an eight speed tiptronic only.

Audi has not quoted performance figures for the 2 liter variants although the S5 is coming with a 0-100km/h quote of 5.1 seconds and the top speed is being limited to the normal 250km/h. Audi SA has confirm that a 2 liter turbo diesel will arrive at a later stage and even though it is yet to be announced we are suspecting a 330kW/600Nm RS5 Cabriolet that will be arriving in due time.

Like the previous editions, the latest Cabriolet is getting a folding fabric top that is opening in 15 seconds and is closing in 18 seconds while driving at speeds of up to 50km/h. A new feature for this version is a one touch function that is permitting the roof to raise or lower without the need to hold the switch until the completion of the operation.

The A5 Cab is using the same five link front and back suspension system as the Sportback and Coupe and due to the fact that it is sharing the same larger platform front shoulder room increases by 26mm and the back leg room is growing by 18mm. Cargo space decent for a drop top at a max 380 liters or with the roof that is retracted 320 liters. Audi is also stating that this model’s chassis is 40% more torsionally firm than the outgoing one and is also the stiffest in its class.

Most of the Cabriolet’s optional features are also being shared with Coupe and Sportback siblings and is also including a new Stop&Go Traffic Jam Assist with radar following capability. Attention Assist to monitor a driver’s level of drowsiness as well as Pre Sense City that will brake automatically should it detected a collision with pedestrians or other vehicles.

Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster is also available here and when being specced with MMI navigation as well as a wifi hotspot for up to eight devices, Google Street View and Google Earth Navigation are unlocked. The A5 is also compatible with Andtoid Auto and Apple Carplay smartphone pairing.

Base models is coming with 17” alloys, rain sensing wipers, Xenon headlights, cruise control, Drive Select, Dynamic suspension as well as a basic MMI Plus infotainment system among others, whereas the Sport trim has added 18” wheels, Sport seats, a different bumper and front grille as well as chrome tailpipes. The 185kW Quattro is getting further back parking sensors and electric front seats.

Standard fare for the S5 Quattro is also including 19” alloys, dynamic indicators, LED headlights, Nappa leather upholstery, S Sport seats, S Sport suspension as well as a flat bottomed leather steering wheel.

Prices for the A5 Cabriolet is starting from R689 000 – R857 500 and the price for the S5 Cabriolet is starting from R1 028 000 and prices also include Audi’s five year/150 000km Freeway Plan.

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