Audi introduces new A5, S5 cabriolet models

Audi introduces new A5, S5 cabriolet models

Audi has introduced its all-new A5 and S5 cabriolet models. The new convertibles build on Audi’s recently introduced A5 and S5 coupes.

Styling from the coupes carries over to the cabriolets and includes the latest version of Audi’s Singleframe grille, a wave-shaped shoulder line and fresh head and taillights. Both models retain a conventional retractable soft top.

Although similar in looks to the previous convertible models, the new A5 and S5 cabriolets ride on a new chassis that is longer, lighter and stiffer. Overall length is up by 1.9-inches while weight has been reduce by as much as 88 pounds. Audi says the new models offer 40 percent greater torsional rigidity compared to their predecessors.

The A5 will be available with a wide range of powertrains in Europe, but U.S. buyers will likely be limited to a 2.0 TFSI engine developing 252 horsepower. That mill will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive.

The S5 cabriolet, meanwhile, will use an updated 3.0 TFI engine with 354 horsepower on tap, marking a 21 horsepower improvement over the previous model. It will also get Audi’s eight-seed auto and all-wheel drive.

According to Audi, the S5 cabriolet will be capable of accelerating from 0-62 in 5.1 seconds and hitting a top speed of 155mph.

Inside the new cabriolet models receive Audi’s optional virtual cockpit display, seat belt microphones for better clarity when the roof is down and an 8.3-inch monitor running the latest version of the MMI infotainment system.

On the automated driving front, the A5 and S5 cabriolets will be available with adaptive cruise control, Stop&Go with traffic jam assist and collision avoidance assist.

The A5 cabriolet will carry a base price of EUR 49,350 in Germany while the S5 cabriolet will list from EUR 67,800. Both model will be available in Europe starting in March 2017. Audi has not announced U.S. pricing or availability.