Monday 20 November 2017

Audi lift the roof on 2017 with new A5 cabriolets

Audi are adding new cabriolet versions
Audi are adding new cabriolet versions
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Audi are adding new cabriolet versions to their A5 range, including a powerful S5. The cars are expected here from March but there is no word on price yet.

The soft-top roof is fully automated with a new one-touch opening function. It opens in 15 seconds and closes in 18 - at speeds of up to 50 kmh.

And there are interesting bits of technology coming with it, including seat belt microphones.

One of the key areas in a cabrio is the stiffness of the body and in this case they are claiming a 40pc increase in torsional rigidity.

Initially there will be just the two engines: a 2.0 TDI with 190hp and a 3.0 TDI with 218hp. It seems there is a good chance that a 2.0 TFSI with 190hp and a 3.0 TDI with 286hp will be coming down the line too.

As you'd expect the engines are more frugal (up to 22pc, they say) and 17pc more powerful.

There is also a 3.0 TFSI 6cyl (354hp) which should be quite something (0 to 100kmh in 5.1 seconds). It has quattro full-time all-wheel drive and an 8spd Tiptronic transmission as standard.

There is a choice on all the engines of having a 6spd manual, 7spd S tronic dual-clutch or the 8spd Tiptronic. Front-wheel-drive is standard but quattro is an option.

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