2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet is ready to hit the United States market

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 8, 2013

Audi is adding a high-end soft-top version of its RS 5 Coupe model – a stunning combination of prestige and power. The RS 5 Cabriolet offers almost the same performance as the coupe. It is powered by a high-revving, naturally aspirated V8 engine with FSI direct injection. Its 4.2 liter engine delivers 450hp at 8,250 rpm and offers a maximum torque of 317 lb.-ft. between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm.

The Audi RS 5 Cabriolet has a curb weight of 4,420 lbs. and could easily go from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. The car has a top speed that’s limited to 174 mph. Meanwhile, it offers a fuel economy rating that leads in its class. It also qualifies for an exemption from the gas guzzler tax.

The RS 5 Coupe’s essence is still evident in the exterior and interior of the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet. When the top is down, it just needs 2.12 cu-ft. of its 13.42 cu-ft. trunk volume. The split rear seatbacks could be folded over individually while ease of access functionality is improved with a load-through hatch from the trunk to the rear seating area.

The convertible body is even more rigid due to special reinforcements. It uses aluminum front fenders to offset a portion of the additional weight of the reinforcements. The new LED light strips are able to illuminate the headlights and taillights without the use of any conventional incandescent lamps. Just like the lights, the rear bumper also gets a new design. The diffuser has been placed higher. In addition, a honeycomb screen insert encompasses the two big elliptical tailpipes of the exhaust system.

For more downforce, there is a subtle matte carbon spoiler lip on the trunk lid. The sport seats feature power adjustments, high side panels for the best possible lateral support, integrated head restraints, a lumbar support and a pull-out thigh support. The seats use leather-Alcantara upholstery while seats in black or lunar silver Fine Nappa leather are optional.

All the leather types have been pigmented to lessen heating by sunlight. By just pressing one button, the soft top opens in 15 seconds. Closing it is just as easy and takes just 17 seconds. Opening or closing can be done even when the car is being driven at speeds of as fast as 30 mph. For additional comfort in hot summer days, the optional climate-controlled seats can be used when the top is down.

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