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Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet

Audi's two new attractive mid-sized convertibles

Feb 23, 2009
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The new Audi A5 Cabriolet is a true four-seater with a fabric top, combining a distinctly sporty character with the fascination of open-top driving. Five efficient engines, an agile suspension and a wide range of high-end options make the new Audi the most attractive convertible in the mid-sized segment.

Crowning the new model series is the S5 Cabriolet. Powering it is a newly developed, supercharged three-liter V6 that pumps out 333 hp and 324.53 lb-ft of torque for superior performance.

Like all Audi convertibles, the open-top A5 also has a lightweight fabric top. The fully automatic top opens in just 15 seconds. Audi also offers an optional acoustic top with an intermediate layer of insulating foam that reduces wind noise almost to the sedan level.

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When opened, the Audi A5 Cabriolet top folds down so effectively that very little trunk space is used up - leaving 11.30 cubic ft of unused storage volume. The soft top compartment lowers automatically when the top is opened. Equally useful is the fold-down rear seat backrest and the large pass-through between the luggage compartment and the interior, which increases the storage volume to a generous 26.49 cubic ft. Rounding out the comfortable character of the interior are automatic seatbelt extenders for the front seats and the optionally available head-level heating. A special coating on the optional leather seats reduces solar heating.

The A5 Cabriolet is being launched with three gasoline engines and two diesel engines ranging between 180hp and 265hp. All five powerplants are fed by direct fuel injection; four of them use turbocharging.

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Available powertrains include a six-speed manual, the continuously variable multitronic and the new seven-speed S tronic. In addition to front-wheel drive, Audi also offers quattro permanent all-wheel drive for the higher-power engines. The innovative sport differential, which variably distributes power between the rear wheels, is optionally available for even greater dynamics and driving pleasure.

The perfect addition to this technology is the Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system, which enables the driver to chose among three different engine maps controlling the characteristics of the fuel feed, the shifting points of the seven-speed S tronic or the multitronic, and the boost provided by the servotronic steering system. If the car is equipped with the MMI operating interface, a fourth, programmable map is available. Additional technologies available include adaptive control of the shock absorbers and variable-ratio dynamic steering.

The new Audi A5 Cabriolet features a rich array of equipment, including an automatic climate-control system and a CD audio system. Highlights from the long list of options include the innovative driver assist systems and the latest generation MMI operating interface, which offers many attractive navigation and entertainment features.

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