2013 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet US pricing announced

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 20, 2013

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.

Press Release

Audi kicks off spring with pricing announcement of all-new 2013 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet

  • Pricing starts at $77,900 for the all-new 2013 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet
  • Offers with class-leading* fuel efficiency and unadulterated V8 top down fun
  • 450-hp naturally aspirated V8 engine generats 317 lb.-ft. torque

The highly successful RS 5 coupe extends its model series with the addition of this high-revving performance soft-top, which entices with a unique combination of prestige, power and efficiency.

With nearly identical performance numbers as the coupe, the RS 5 Cabriolet is powered by a high-revving, naturally aspirated 4.2 liter V8 engine that produces 450 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 317 lb.-ft. between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. Equipped with the seven-speed double clutch S tronic® transmission with launch control and standard quattro® all-wheel drive, the RS 5 Cabriolet launches from 0-60 MPH in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed limited to 174 MPH; while at the same time achieving better fuel economy versus the primary competitors with an EPA estimated 16 city / 22 highway/ 18 combined and no gas guzzler tax.

“With spring just around the corner, Audi adds to the already impressive RS family with the all-new RS 5 Cabriolet, and at the perfect time,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America, “Top-down driving has been considered one of the best experiences a driver can have behind the wheel, and what a better way to enjoy the weather than to drive this vehicle with the top down, listening to the exhilarating sound of this outstanding V8 engine.”

Starting at $77,900, the RS 5 Cabriolet is the epitome of superior, high-end performance, prestige and practicality. When the top is down, it requires only 2.12 cu-ft. of its 13.42 cu-ft. trunk volume. On hot summer days when the top is down, drivers can select the optional climate-controlled seats for added comfort. During a cool fall day, the driver can remain warm when the top is down with the optional neck-level heating vents located on the seats.

The split rear seatbacks can be folded over individually, and a load-through hatch from the trunk to the rear seating area improves ease of access functionality. Special reinforcements contribute to the convertible body’s high rigidity, and aluminum front fenders compensate for some of the added weight of the reinforcements.

RS 5 Cabriolet customers looking to achieve superior braking performance can select ceramic brakes for the front rotors, a standalone package priced at $6,000.

The new LED light strips illuminate the headlights and taillights with a restructured appearance. Similar to the headlights, the rear bumper was also redesigned; its diffuser is now much higher, and a honeycomb screen insert encloses the two large elliptical tailpipes of the exhaust system. On the trunk lid there is a subtle body color spoiler lip for additional downforce.

The sport seats have power adjustments, high side panels for optimal lateral support, integrated head restraints, a lumbar support and a pull-out thigh support. They are upholstered in black or lunar silver Fine Nappa leather or in the optional combination of leather and Alcantara. All leather types are pigmented to help reduce heating by sunlight. At the press of a button, the soft top opens and closes automatically in 15 seconds and 17 seconds respectively – even when driving at speeds of up to 30 mph.

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