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Drop top Audi A5 out in the open


Set to make its European debut in March next year with local sales following later, Audi has released details of the cabriolet versions of its new A5 and performance orientated S5.

Unveiled five months after the Coupe and Sportback versions, the cabriolet boats a longer (by 47 mm) overall length than the outgoing model, with a soft-top roof that can be opened in 15 seconds and closed within 18 second at speeds up to 50 km/h, thanks to a new one-touch mechanism.

Claimed to be one of the stiffest yet lightest drop tops in the segment, the A5 Cabriolet also ticks the scales at 40 kg less than before with a 14 mm wheelbase increase translating to a 26 mm improvement in knee room for passenger in the front, and 18 mm for these seated in the rear.

Luggage space is rated at 380-litres with the roof up although the soft top compartment moves down automatically when the roof is opened to improve capacity. An automatic tailgate is also standard on the range for the first time.

Inside, the layout mirrors that of existing Audi models with the option of the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit Display, MMI Plus infotainment system with a 10 GB flash memory as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Audi Drive Select, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi hotspot, USB smartphone charging point and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system with a 755 watt amplifier.

Initially, the A5 will be offered with a choice of three engines in its home market; a 2.0 TFSI with 185 kW 370 N.m, a 2.0 TDI with 140 kW and 400 N.m and a 3.0 TDI making 160 kW and 400 N.m. A lower powered 2.0 TFSI with 140 kW and 320 N.m, as well as a flagship 3.0 TDI with a mammoth 210 kW and 620 N.m, will be made available later.

Dropping the previous supercharged unit, the S5 now features a turbocharged setup with displacement still at 2 995 cc, although power goes up from 245 kW and 440 N.m to 260 kW with 500 N.m. Transmission options will consist of a six-speed manual, seven-speed S tronic or eight-speed Tiptronic with drive going to the front wheels or Audi's famed quattro all-wheel drive system.

Prices in Germany will start at €49 350 for the A5 and €67 800 for the S5.

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