Following the recent launch of the all-new Audi A5 Coupe and Sportback, the new Audi A5 Cabriolet has now been introduced to South Africa to complete the second generation of the A5 family. In the Audi S5 Cabriolet, a new six-cylinder turbocharged engine developing 260kW and 500 Nm of torque ensures top performance.
The designers went with the precise, elegant lines of the Coupé for the shape of the new Audi A5 Cabriolet. The rear window is now flatter and emphasizes the sporty looks, as do the short overhangs and the long wraparound hood with power dome. With a length of 4,673 millimetres, the new A5 Cabriolet is 47 millimetres longer than the predecessor model.
Together with the wheelbase, and more compact seats, this means more space for the driver and passengers. The classic soft top fits perfectly into the athletic design and delivers outstanding aeroacoustics thanks to effective insulation. The new one-touch opening function makes operating the standard acoustic hood much easier: A quick pull of the switch is all it takes to open the soft top fully automatically in 15 seconds or close it in 18 seconds – even while driving up to 50 km/h.
With its sporty and agile handling, the A5 Cabriolet is impressively dynamic. The engineers increased the already high torsional stiffness of the previous model by 40 percent. The body is now the stiffest in its class. Adaptive dampers are available as an option and are incorporated into the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system which allows the driver to choose between a highly dynamic or comfortable driving experience.
The engine lineup initially comprises two units – a 2.0 TFSI with 140kW and a 2.0T FSI with 185 kW. The former engine will only be offered in front-wheel drive, while the latter only with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Both engines however, will be offered in either a Base or Sport trim line.
Rounding out the initial A5 Cabriolet offering will be the sporty Audi S5 Cabriolet. This model is equipped witha turbocharged, 2995 cc, six-cylinder engine producing 260 kW – 15 kW more than its predecessor. The sprint from zero to 100 km/h takes 5.1 seconds, while its top speed is limited to 250 km/h.
The A5 Cabriolet is now available for the first time with the optional Audi virtual cockpit, a 12.3-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1,440 x 540 pixels. Together with the MMI navigation plus including 8.3-inch monitor on the centre console, it forms the central information unit. The focal point of the MMI terminal is the round rotary pushbutton. Its surface is home to the touch-sensitive touchpad which is used to input characters and also for multi-finger gestures, enabling the driver to zoom in on the map, for example.
The new Audi A5 Cabriolet also sets the standard when it comes to assistance systems. Some of the solutions are standard features, while the options can be ordered individually or are grouped together in the “Parking” and “City” assistance packages. An intelligent combination of different technologies enhances safety, comfort and efficiency. In addition, Audi is also taking the next step toward piloted driving.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Playing a central role here is the adaptive cruise control (ACC) Stop&Go system including traffic jam assist. The ACC uses automatic braking and acceleration to maintain the distance between the A5 Cabriolet and the vehicle ahead. In interplay with the S tronic or tiptronic, it covers the entire speed range from 0 to 250 km/h. The Stop&Go function also brakes the car to a complete stop and lets it start off again automatically at the driver’s request. The traffic jam assist relieves drivers in slow-moving traffic up to speeds of 65 km/h by assuming the tasks of braking and accelerating the car, and on better roads it also temporarily takes charge of steering.
The new A5 Cabriolet comes standard with Audi pre sense city. It monitors the road, detects both other vehicles and pedestrians, and initiates full braking in an emergency. The speed limiter, a standard feature, can be set to a particular speed ranging from 30 to 250 km/h – a very helpful tool for maintaining speed within city limits or in construction sites, for example.
Customers choosing MMI navigation plus automatically also get the hardware module Audi connect which allows the vehicle to be a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 8 devices, while also accessing Google Earth Navigation and Google Street View.
New trim lines provide numerous customization opportunities, for both the interior and the exterior. Besides the base model, there is also the sport line which offers additional equipment to enhance the sporty look of the vehicle. The S line sport package is available for sophisticated customization, particularly for the interior. Audi offers the S line package for a particularly dynamic exterior appearance.
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