The design of the elegant convertible follows predictable Audi themes with the strong shoulder line and steeply raked rear window angle lifted from the Coupe, along with Audi’s trademark grille and the latest signature LED headlamps. Short front and rear overhangs give it a sporty stance while maximising space in the four-seat interior. At 4,673mm long, the new Audi A5 Cabriolet is 47mm longer than the previous model.
Also new for the Cabriolet are additional struts and reinforced sills to keep it from flopping about like an old Saab 900 Convertible. In all the new A5 Cabriolet weighs some 40kg less than the old one. According to Audi, it’s the stiffest (torsional stiffness is up 40 per cent) and ‘among’ the lightest cars in its class.
As you’d expect, the Cabriolet models share much with the coupes, which in turn are only subtly differentiated from their predecessors – you’d need to be an existing owner or have the old and new cars positioned side-by-side to discern any significant changes.
Like the previous car but unlike the A5’s 4-series Cabriolet rival, the latest model uses a conventional folding soft-top rather than a retractable hardtop. The new roof is one-touch in operation, a quick tweak of the switch being all that’s needed to drop (in 15 seconds) or raise (in 18 seconds) the roof, at speeds of up to 31mph.
S5 Cabriolet models are naturally a little more striking than their more conventional counterparts, with chunky five-spoke alloy wheels, quad exhaust tips, deeper bumpers and contrasting silver detailing.
The most significant changes, like the coupe and Sportback models, are in weight reduction and torsional rigidity. The former has dropped by up to 40kg (though the lightest model, the 2.0 TDI, is still 1690kg), while the latter has increased by 40 per cent. Reinforced sills and extra struts in the frame make up for the lack of roof, and in the case of an accident, aluminium roll bars can extend for extra protection.
The new A5 cabriolet will be offered here with a 252-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while the S5 will have a 354-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 and an eight-speed torque-converter automatic. Both models will have Quattro all-wheel drive.