First drive: Audi RS5 Cabriolet
Audi Gets Ready For Summer
With summer approaching and the weather hopefully improving, it’s time for the owners of cabriolets to get them out from hibernation and out onto the open roads.Audi have taken their hand-built V8 engine and plonked it into a cabriolet, so you can hear the wonderful booming noise with the roof down. The 4.2-litre engine produces 444bhp and goes from 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds, which also makes it a class leader. An electronically-limited top speed of 155mph can also be increased to 174mph if you’re willing to pay a bit extra.
Audi RS 5 Cabriolet Interior and ExteriorAnything with ‘S’ added to an Audi and you know it’ll be something special. Wraparound LED daytime running lights, 10 spoke 19-inch wheels, a matt carbon spoiler lip on the boot lid and exclusive RS bumpers add a uniqueness to the RS 5 Cabriolet. The RS badge adorns the gearknob, wheels and dials and Nappa leather comes as standard. There are hints of an aluminium look in the cabin, on dials, air vent surrounds and shift paddles. The interior is simple, yet stylish. The lightweight, three-layered fabric hood opens at the touch of a button, in 15 seconds it’s open, 17 it’ll be closed and you can operate it whilst travelling of speeds up to 31mph. Now the weather isn’t always great in the UK, but for those still wanting the roof down, there is three-stage head-level and front seat heating. Standard features include Bluetooth, iPod connection, HDD-based satellite navigation and Cruise Control. Extras include a parking system with sensors and reversing camera, active lane assist and adaptive cruise control.
Audi RS 5 Cabriolet Driving ExperienceSitting 20mm lower than the Audi A5 Cabriolet, the ride is sporty and is the only car in class with permanent all-wheel-drive. Also, to maintain traction it doesn’t cut power either, so expect a fun drive on the open roads. Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission is standard on the RS 5 Cabriolet and with the added bonus of changing the operating mode to S, you can enjoy a more enthusiastic driving style and higher engine speeds. As much as hearing the engine was a delight to the senses, driving around in a soft-top sort of ruined the driving experience for me. It makes more sense to have such a powerful engine in the coupe. The RS 5 Cabriolet has a combined fuel figure of 26.4 mpg and generates 249 g/km of CO2 emissions, all class leading figures.
PricingThe Audi RS 5 Cabriolet is priced from £68,985, which is £7,000 more than its rival, the BMW M3 Convertible M DCT. Beating it in terms of performance, efficiency and residual values, then the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet is worth the extra money.
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