The new Audi S5 Cabriolet

The new Audi S5 Cabriolet

23.02.2017: adding a touch of sporty elegance to spring The new Audi A5 Cabriolet* completes the second generation

.....adding a touch of sporty elegance to spring

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. Read in Arabic here: 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 ountries 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.

Facts and figures

The new Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet

Exterior design and body

- Sporty front end a with wide, flat Singleframe grille and low-drawn engine hood with power dome

- Sharp, precise, wave-form shoulder line emphasizes the sculpturally expressed quattro visualization at the wheel arches

- Emotional and sporty proportions

- Length: 4,673 millimeters (184.0 in), 47 millimeters (1.9 in) longer than its predecessor / Wheelbase: 2,765 millimeters (108.9 in), 14 millimeters (0.6 in) longer than its predecessor / Width: 1,846 millimeters (72.7 in), 8 millimeters (0.3 in) less than the width of its predecessor

- Height: 1,383 millimeters (54.4 in), identical to its predecessor

- Acoustic convertible top with one-touch opening function opens in 15 seconds, closes in 18 seconds – even while moving at up to 50 km/h (31.1 mph)

- Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, optional LED headlights and Matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn signals at the front and rear

- Three-dimensional LED rear lights, third brake light integrated into the trim strip framing the convertible top compartment cover.

- Total weight reduced by up to 40 kilograms (88.2 lb) compared to its predecessor


- Four seats, more room: Shoulder room in the front seats increased by 26 millimeters (1.0 in) compared to the predecessor model; Knee room in the rear increased by 18 millimeters (0.7 in) compared to the predecessor model

- Flawless workmanship, sophisticated materials and new colors

- Seats with optional pneumatic massage function

- Three-zone deluxe automatic air conditioning with optional new user interface

- Luggage capacity: 380 liters (13.4 cu ft) with the hood closed, 320 liters (11.3 cu ft) when open, fully automatic soft top compartment for easier loading and unloading

-Luggage compartment lid opens automatically, with sensor control optional

Infotainment and controls

- New MMI control concept with intuitive free text search and natural language voice control

- Seat belt microphones standard

- Audi virtual cockpit and head-up display optional

- Top infotainment system MMI navigation plus with MMI touch including

Audi connect services free of charge for three years, LTE transmission

- Wi-Fi hotspot for connecting mobile devices, data packages with EU-wide roaming can be booked separately

- factory-installed Audi connect SIM – no roaming charges throughout Europe for

Audi connect services

- new Car-to-X technologies: Traffic sign and hazard information

- Audi connect safety & service with online roadside assistance, emergency call, service request and remote functions via Audi MMI connect app

- Audi smartphone interface for integrating Apple and Android cellphones into the Audi MMI system (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto)

- Audi phone box for improved reception quality and inductive charging

- Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 3D sound, 20 loudspeakers and 755 watts of power

Driver assistance systems

- up to 30 assistance systems support the driver, including many as standard

- Highlights:

- Adaptive cruise control Stop&Go including traffic jam assist
- Predictive efficiency assistant
- Cross traffic assist rear
- Camera-based traffic sign recognition
- Audi pre sense city (standard) plus Audi pre sense basic and rear


-  three TFSI engines and three TDI engines with up to 17 percent more power

but reduced fuel consumption:

- 2.0 TFSI with140 kW (190 hp) and 185 kW (252 hp)

- 3.0 TFSI with 260 kW (354 hp) in the S5 Cabriolet

- 2.0 TDI with 140 kW (190 hp)

- 3.0 TDI with 160 kW (218 hp) and 210 kW (286 hp)


-  Six-speed manual transmission, seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and eight-speed tiptronic, all new generations

- quattro drive with ultra technology and quattro permanent all-wheel drive

-  Sport differential optional for the 3.0 TDI with 210 kW (286 hp) and the S5 Cabriolet


-  Five-link construction at the front and rear axles

- Suspension with adaptive damper control as an option

- New electromechanical power steering, optional dynamic steering with variable ratio for improved steering feel

-  Dynamic handling system Audi drive select standard Audi


Sascha Höpfner - photos Audi


23.02.2017 / MaP

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