You’ve met the A5 Coupe/Sportback – now meet the Cabrio sisters

  • Two models, two engines – TDI to come
  • Fast roof, lots of options for both
  • Fit a B&O sound system – top-down auditorium
2017 AUDI A5/S5 CABRIO: Image: Audi / Quickpic
2017 AUDI A5/S5 CABRIO: Image: Audi / Quickpic

AN AUDI A5 Cabriolet has been added the A5 Coupe and Sportback sisters in South Africa and fitted with a new six-cylinder 260kW/500Nm turbo engine.

It’s based on the coupe version though the rear window is flatter, the front/rear overhangs are shorter and the bonnet has a power dome.

The car is mid-sized at 4.673m, 47mm longer than its predecessor, and rides on a 14mm longer wheelbase; the seats are more compact to add legroom front and rear. Front shoulder room is up by 26mm, rear kneeroom by 18mm.

2017 AUDI A5/S5 CABRIO: Image: Audi / Quickpic
2017 AUDI A5/S5 CABRIO: Image: Audi / Quickpic

It’s all covered (or, of course, not!) by a powered folding hood that, Audi says, “delivers outstanding aeroacoustics thanks to effective insulation”. It opens in 15sec, closes in 18sec, and will operate at up to 50km/h – a sudden shower isn’t going to halt the rush-hour traffic.

…AND UNDER THE BONNET

Soft-top fans will appreciate the car’s torsional stiffness being 40%greater than its predecessor to, Audi says, make it the stiffest in its class; the 2017 model is up to 40kg lighter, depending on model, than before.

Adaptive shock-absorbers are an option to give the driver the choice a dynamic or comfortable ride. ‘Dynamic’ steering is another option – it varies its gearing ratio according to speed and steering angle.

Most potential buyers will, whatever be more interest in what’s under the bonnet: there’s a choice of 140kW TFSI or 185kW two-litre turbo FSI. The former will only be offered with front-wheel drive, the latter only with permanent all-wheel drive.

Each will be offered in Base or Sport trim. If you don’t mind waiting, a two-litre turbo diesel will come along eventually – Audi did not specify when.

2017 AUDI A5/S5 CABRIO: Image: Audi / Quickpic
2017 AUDI A5/S5 CABRIO: Image: Audi / Quickpic

Also available will by a higher-performance S5 Cabriolet with a three-litre engine capable of 260kW, 15kW more than its predecessor. The apparently important and now very hoary concept of the 0-100km/h launch needs 5.1sec; top speed is 250km/h.

Both, we believe, should be dropped and replaced with more important data. Mainly because our Editor has been typing the same thing with varying numerals for more than 30 years.

Each model has varying standard equipment though options can be orderdc individually or combine “Parking” and/or “City” assistance packages.

2017 AUDI A5/S5 CABRIO: Image: Audi / Quickpic
2017 AUDI A5/S5 CABRIO: Image: Audi / Quickpic

Playing a central role, however is adaptive cruise control with engine stop/go which, we presume, will handle a now well-established across brands stop/go follow-my-leader control in commuter traffic or more conventional high-speed freeway cruising.

The driver can choose from five following distances and adjust acceleration and system response.

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Standard is Audi Pre-sense City – it monitors the road at up to 85km/h to identify other vehicles and pedestrians and brake hard in an emergency. Attention Assist monitors the driver the warn of fading attention to the road.

2017 AUDI A5/S5 CABRIO: Image: Audi / Quickpic
2017 AUDI A5/S5 CABRIO: Image: Audi / Quickpic

The A5 Cabriolet is now offered for the first time Audi’s virtual cockpit, a 31cm TFT display with a resolution of 1440×540 pixels. It forms, with MMI Navigation Plus and its 21cm monitor, a central information unit.

The whole MMI control logic is similar to that of a smartphone, including voice control and a wi-fi hotspot for up to eight devices; it also loves Google Earth Navigation and Google Street View.

A Bang & Olufsen sound system is an extra-expense option.

2017 AUDI A5/S5 CABRIO: Image: Audi / Quickpic
2017 AUDI A5/S5 CABRIO: Image: Audi / Quickpic

The boot lid can be opened with the key fob or a cabin button to access 380 litres of stuff space if the roof is in place; 320 litres if retracted. The boot can also be opened by waving a foot around under the rear bumper.

Other options include massage seats diode headlights and dynamic turn signals front and rear.

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

New trim lines on the A5/S5 Cabriolet, Audi says, provide a number of cabin and exterior customisation opportunities – then there’s the ‘sport ‘line which offers additional equipment to enhance the sporty look of the vehicle.

An S Line sport package is available for sophisticated customisation, particularly for the interior, and there’s an S Line package for a particularly dynamic exterior appearance.

2017 AUDI A5/S5 CABRIO: Image: Audi / Quickpic
2017 AUDI A5/S5 CABRIO: Image: Audi / Quickpic

The following equipment comes with the 2.0T FSI 140 kW:
17″ cast aluminium five-spoked alloy wheel rims
Xenon Plus headlights
Diode rear lights
Micro-metallic silver-coloured inlays
Ambient lighting
Audi Drive Select
Audi sound system
Automatic aircon
Bluetooth
Child-seat anchor in front
Cruise control
Sill trim with aluminium inlays
Driver information system with colour display
Dynamic suspension
Electric interface for external use, AUX-IN and USB sockets
Body-colour exterior mirror housings
Folding rear seat-back
Front centre armrest
Front side crash bags
Full size crash bags with front passenger bag deactivation
Power auto acoustic hood
Headlight range control, headlight washers
High-gloss package
Tyre pressure monitors
Self-dimming interior mirror
IsoFix child-seat mounting and Top Tether anchorage point for outer rear seats
Three-spoked, leather-wrapped steering-wheel with Multifunction Plus
Leather/artificial leather combination
Automatic boot lid, auto wipers
MMI radio plus
Rear head restraints
Daytime running lights
Start/stop system (petrol engines only)
Space-saving spare wheel with tool kit and jack
Sport models will include:
Aluminium Ellipse inlays
18″ 8.5J alloy wheel rims
Front sport seats
Line specific grille and air intakes
Chromed tailpipe tips
Over and above, the following equipment will be available for the 2.0T FSI 185 kW quattro:
Power-adjustable front seats
All-wheel drive with self-locking centre differential
Rear parking aid
S5 Coupé will have as standard equipment over the rest of the range:
19″ alloy wheel rimss
Diode head and tail lights
Auto braking
Comfort key
Sills with aluminium inlays and illuminated badge
Power adjustable front seats
Lumbar support with pneumatic massage
Nappa leather trim
High-gloss package
All-wheel drive with self-locking centre differential
S front sport seats
S sport suspension
Sport contour three-spoked leather-clad steering-wheel with Multifunction Plus

2017 AUDI A5/S5 CABRIO: Image: Audi / Quickpic
2017 AUDI A5/S5 CABRIO: Image: Audi / Quickpic

PRICES – Audi A5 Cabrio

Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0T FSI S tronic – R689 000
Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0T FSI S tronic Sport – R723 000
Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0T FSI quattro S tronic – R823 500
Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0T FSI quattro S tronic Sport – R857 500
Audi S5 Cabriolet 3.0T FSI quattro tiptronic – R1 028 000

Prices include Audi five-year or 100 000km Freeway Plan and all taxes.

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