IN PREVIOUS years the S5 range has always been powered by a growling 4.8-litre V8 but with this 2014 mode,l the S5 will have to settle for a fizzing 3.0-litre supercharged V6. The V6 produces 248kW all of which is sent to all four wheels through a dynamic six-speed manual overdrive or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode.
The S5 Cabriolet goes from 0-100km/h in about 4.8 seconds and will hit a governed top speed of 250km/h as well as finishing a 400-metre (quarter mile) race in just over 13 seconds. The V6 did bring the fuel economy down to 16.6 litres/100km in the city and 10.5 litres/100km on the highway.
When the roof is taken off a normal saloon, the experience is increased with the exhaust noise and the wind in your hair. Why then replace a V8 with a V6? The V6 almost drains in the pantomime of the driving experience.
The new looks given to the entire Audi saloon range have been added to the S5 Cabriolet as well and it has 18-inch aluminum wheels, S-line detailing, LED running lights and LED taillights. On the inside, it’s business as usual with 12-way sport seats as well as Alcantra and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.
As always, with an Audi purchase, you will be handed an optional extras list and this is where things get pricey. The only optional extras worth the money are the Bang & Olufsen speakers, the Audi MMI navigational plus with Audi connect service, the Audi driver assist package and upgraded wheels.
The S5 cabriolet is a pretty good car but the same thing that’s been bothering me, will bother you as well; it won’t be as good as the RS5 - which is on its way.