People who wanted a soft-top version of Audi’s RS 5 coupe will soon have a reason to rejoice with the impending arrival of the RS 5 Cabriolet. Overall, the RS 5 Cabriolet features the same highly sought specs as its older twin and carries similar power, efficiency and prestige.
For instance, the RS 5 Cabriolet is also powered by a naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 engine that develops up to 450 hp of output at 8,250 rpm and up to 317 lb.-ft. of torque between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. This V8 is mated to a seven-speed double clutch S tronic transmission with launch control.
Such power allows the RS 5 Cabriolet to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 174 mph.
Despite that power, the RS 5 Cabriolet is more fuel-efficient than its rivals with an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency rating of 16 city/22 highway/18 combined. Fitted with standard quattro all-wheel drive as standard, the RS 5 Cabriolet is exempted from the gas-guzzler tax. The RS 5 Cabriolet is available with a starting price of $77,900.
For those seeking to attain a more superior braking performance, they could avail of the available ceramic brakes for the front rotors for an additional $6,000.
This version of the RS 5 features new LED light strips that illuminate the headlights and taillights for a revised look. Audi took steps to redesign the rear bumper, moving the diffuser higher while a honeycomb screen insert now encloses the two large elliptical tailpipes of the exhaust system.
Audi also installed a subtle body-colored spoiler lip on the trunk lid for additional downforce. Just like the RS 5 Coupe, the RS 5 Cabriolet features sport seats with power adjustments and high side panels for optimal lateral support. The seats also feature integrated head restraints, a pullout thigh support and a lumbar support.
All these are upholstered in black or lunar silver Fine Nappa leather. Customers can also have them upholstered in the optional leather and Alcantara combo. Audi made sure that all leather types are pigmented to make them less prone to heating when exposed to sunlight.
Of course, the main feature of the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet is the highly adaptable soft top, which opens and closes in just 15 seconds and 17 seconds, respectively, with just a single press of a button. Even when the RS 5 Cabriolet is being driven at speeds of up to 30 mph, the time needed to completely open or close the soft top remains the same.
One good thing with the soft top of the RS 5 Cabriolet is that it needs only 2.12 cu-ft. of the vehicle’s 13.42 cu-ft. trunk volume for storage. Customers could avail of the optional climate-controlled seats that would come in handy during hot days when the top is down. An optional neck-level heating vents located on the seats could be availed to help occupants stay warm during cold days or nights.
Other features of the RS 5 Cabriolet include split rear seatbacks that can be folded over individually as well as a load-through hatch from the trunk to the rear seating area. To make the cabriolet’s body more rigid, Audi installed special reinforcements, which added weight.
But to compensate, Audi put in aluminum front fenders. Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America, remarked that top-down driving has been regarded as one of the best experiences a driver can have.