Audi has finished updating its A5 range with the addition of the all-new Cabriolet.

The new soft-top model joins the recently launched coupé and five-door Sportback models. At launch, it is joined by the sportier S5 Cabriolet, which is powered by the same new 3.0-litre TFSI engine seen in the latest S5 Coupé and S5 Sportback. Thanks to this potent powertrain, the latter boasts 349bhp, 500Nm of torque and Quattro drive as standard.

The elegantly designed A5 Cabriolet boasts a larger interior and more comfort and convenience than seen before. Despite a weight reduction of 40kg, this car benefits from a 40 per cent increase in torsional rigidity, making it the best in its class in that respect.

When it goes on sale in the UK in December, the Cabriolet will feature three engine options of a 2.0-litre TDI 187bhp unit, a 3.0-litre TDI 215bhp unit or a 2.0 TFSI 249bhp unit. Shortly after its launch, further options of a 2.0 TFSI 187bhp engine and a 3.0 TDI 282bhp will follow.

Each engine will be available with the option of either a six-speed manual transmission, seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch or eight-speed tiptronic transmission.

Meanwhile, as standard the car will be front-wheel drive. Quattro drive with ultra technology, and permanent all-wheel drive are available as options.

A host of clever technology will feature in the cabin, including microphones as standard in both the driver and front passenger seat belts, through which all functions can be controlled effortlessly and intuitively. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, which features a 12.3-inch high-resolution TFT screen replaces analogue dials.

Up to 30 driver assistance systems promise safety and security in the model, including adaptive cruise control (ACC), and a Stop&Go system including traffic jam assist. Collision avoidance assist, which intervenes to make the car swerve around an obstacle to avoid an accident, also features.


November 4, 2016

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