Leaked: Audi RS 5 Cabriolet trademark fillings

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 20, 2011

As you may know already, last week Audi unveiled the facelifted version of the RS 5 Coupe, making quite a buzz as the previous model was released in 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show. Today, another ‘bomb’ came: Audi has already patented the all-new RS 5 Cabrio and the first photos emerged on the web. Don’t expect a new design, just the new RS 5 Facelift without the top.

The rest of the car will be identical to the coupe, which means that under the hood it will carry the same 4.2-liter V8 engine delivering 450 hp at 8,250 rpm and 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm.

Regarding the performances, it is expected to match the coupe: zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 250 to 280 km/h (155.34 to 173.98 mph) upon request. The new RS 5 Cabrio will be in fact, the successor of the RS 4 Cabrio and the new alternative to cars such as the Bmw M3 Cabrio.

Still, don’t expect the car to be as fun as the M3 Cabrio because the RS 5 Cabrio will have the quattro permanent all-wheel drive that can vary the distribution of torque between the front and rear axles lightning-fast and over a wide range, with up to 70 percent flowing to the front or as much as 85 percent to the rear.

By taking a closer look at Audi’s design standards, definitely, the Audi RS5 Cabriolet’s dynamic features and well-proportioned lines are the real head turners.

The well-defined front end suits the Cabriolet’s large air intakes perfectly. Below it are some fine ripples that enhance Audi’s standard Xenon Plus headlamps with LED daytime running lights at the lower edge. Even if the spoilers come in standard matte finish, the new Audi RS5 Cabriolet offers an optional exterior painting for the spoiler lip.

Similarly, it’s quite hard to overlook the RS5’s single-frame aluminium grille (also in matte). This element brings coordination between the anodized aluminium frame on the windshield and also at the pair of mirror casings at the front doors. Still, the side angle looks astonishing because of the massive wheel housings and sill attachments that the designers have cleverly put together.

The Cabriolet is built with a low curved dome with layers of foam to make the ride more peaceful and quiet. Indeed, comfort and luxury await the driver and passengers alike inside the new Audi’s RS5 model. Normally, the luggage area can hold 380 litres (more or less) when the entire back seat is folded down. However, the same dome can accommodate 6- litres of additional space when necessary. And it only takes 15-17 seconds for it to fold open or close back by merely tapping on the switch.

All models come with jet-black interior panels but can also be customised to silver (by special order). The accents come in carbon matte but may either be requested to stainless steel chrome or black piano finish as an alternative. For the first time, you may have to think twice about the car’s interior for some very good reasons.

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