2018 Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet make their debut

Article by Christian A., on November 5, 2016

Somehow, the new generation of Audi’s A5 family remained incomplete as it lacked a convertible version – until now. This comes as Audi unveiled the 2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet, which allows four occupants to fully enjoy open-top rides in a mid-sized premium model.

Aside from its long wheelbase, the new A5 Cabriolet also features a wide track that measures 1,587 mm (62.5 inches) at the front and 1,568 mm (61.7 in) at the rear. Ride comfort comes courtesy of an updated five-link front suspension and a five-link rear suspension, with adaptive dampers available as an option.

These elements have been integrated into the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system, which allows drivers to pick between a dynamic or a comfortable drive.

Moreover, the A5 convertible features a new electromechanical power steering for greater steering precision. Customers may avail of the optional dynamic steering that could vary its gear ratio according to the vehicle speed and steering angle.

Featured as standard on the new A5 and S5 Cabriolet are xenon headlights, partial leather seats and Audi drive select dynamic handling system as well as Audi MMI radio plus.

Audi will commence sales of the new Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet in Germany and other markets in Europe in March 2017 with starting prices of EUR49,350 for the A5 Cabriolet and EUR67,800 for the sportier S5 Cabriolet.

Exterior Design

At 4,673 mm (15.3 ft) in length, the new Audi A5 Cabriolet is around 47 mm (1.9 inches) longer than its predecessor. This convertible version of the new A5 features sleek lines of the Coupé with a flatter rear window short overhangs and long wraparound hood with power dome. Its front end is marked by a flatter and wider 3D single-frame grille. It also boasts of the wave-shaped shoulder line that is a signature feature of the A5 family.

Rear horizontal lines help highlight the width of the new Audi A5 Cabriolet. In addition, the newest member of the latest A5 family features pronounced bulges over the wheel arches. It features a third brake light integrated into the trim strip of the hood cover. It could be availed with optional LED or Matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn signals.

Of course, the defining exterior feature of the new Audi A5 Cabriolet is its classic acoustic soft top that doesn’t only provide excellent insulation but is also able to automatically open in 15 seconds or close in 18 seconds with just a touch of a button. The deployment or employment of the acoustic hood is allowed in speeds of up to 50 km/h (31.1 mph).

Interior Design

Inside, the new Audi A5 Cabriolet is more spacious and more functional, thanks to the fact that its dimensions have been increased while its wheelbase has been extended by 14 mm (0.6 inches) to 2,765 mm (108.9 inches). Furthermore, the Audi A5 Cabriolet is provided with more compact seats, which increase the front shoulder room by 26 mm (1.0 inch) and the rear knee room by 18 mm (0.7 inch).

The cabin is made more spacious visually thanks to the instrument panel’s horizontal architecture and to the continuous air vent strip. The interior of the Audi A5 Cabriolet is defined by the intelligent use of high-grade materials and different colors. Customers may further increase the appeal of and set the mood in the cabin by availing of optional ambient lighting with 30 adjustable colors. When the soft top is closed, the A5 Cabriolet boasts of a cargo capacity of around 380 liters (13.4 cu ft).

Interestingly, the latest A5 Cabriolet features a new operating and display concept that allows drivers to effortlessly and intuitively control all vehicle functions. This capability is enhanced by standard seat belt microphones for the front occupant, which means that their voices won’t be drowned even while the hood is open. Customers could also avail of the alternative Audi virtual cockpit with several display options.


Power is provided for, at launch, by any of these three engines: a 2.0 TFSI that develops 185 kW (252 hp); a 2.0 TDI that provides 140 kW (190 hp); and a 3.0 TDI that delivers 160 kW (218 hp).

Soon to follow are a 2.0 TFSI that ekes out 140 kW (190 hp) and a 3.0 TDI that develops 210 kW (286 hp). All these engines are up to 17 percent more powerful and 22 percent more fuel efficient than their predecessors.

These engines send power to the front wheels through a six-speed manual, seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch or eight-speed tiptronic gearboxes.

Quattro drive with ultra technology and permanent all-wheel drive could be availed as options. However, permanent all-wheel drive is standard for A5 Cabriolet models powered by the 210-kW (286 hp) 3.0 TDI engine.

Audi was able to make the body of the new A5 Cabriolet much lighter and torsionally stiffer (by 40 percent) than its predecessor, thanks to an intelligent of mix of materials as well as geometric lightweight design.

This allowed Audi to make the new A5 Cabriolet lighter than its predecessor by up to 40 kilograms (88.2 lb). For instance, a front-wheel-drive model powered by a 190 hp 2.0 TDI features a weight of 1,690 kilograms (3725.8 lb).

Since the A5 Cabriolet has no fixed roof, it has been provided with extra body struts and reinforced sills as well as head-thorax side airbags and automatically extending aluminum profiles to ensure that its occupants remain safe in the event of rollover.

2018 Audi S5 Cabriolet

For those seeking more power, they may avail of the Audi S5 Cabriolet top model with a newly developed 3.0 TFSI six-cylinder engine as its core.

This engine develops up to 260 kW (354 hp) of output (plus 15 kW or 21 hp than its predecessor) to allow the Audi S5 Cabriolet to sprint from nil to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.1 seconds, and reach an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph).

This top model features, as standard, eight-speed tiptronic transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

Pricing for the 2018 Audi S5 Cabriolet starts at EUR67,800 in Germany, of course.

Infotainment and connectivity

In terms of infotainment and connectivity, the new Audi A5 Cabriolet is available with the MMI navigation plus MMI touch, which includes a 1,024x480 8.3-inch monitor, a DVD drive and a 10 GB flash memory as well as an AUX-IN connection, a USB connection with charging function and two card readers. The new Audi A5 Cabriolet is also available with an LTE module that allows users to access Audi connect online services for free within three years.

Also free are the first five map updates for the navigation system. In addition, the convertible version of the A5 features a Wi-Fi hotspot. MMI navigation plus also features an Audi smartphone interface that seamlessly integrates iOS and Android phones to the system.

The new A5 Cabriolet is specified with an Audi phone box that could link smartphones to an on-board antenna for much better reception quality while recharging them inductively using the Qi standard. For a whole new level of audio experience, the A5 Cabriolet comes with a Bang & Olufsen Sound System featuring a 755-watt amplifier and 19 loudspeakers.

Press Release

The new Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet – open to intense driving pleasure

The premiere of the new Audi A5 Cabriolet* completes the new generation of the A5 family. Up to four people can enjoy intense driving pleasure on board the open-top mid-sized model. The fully automatic acoustic hood opens and closes up to a speed of 50 km/h (31.1 mph). In the Audi S5 Cabriolet* a new six-cylinder turbocharged engine developing 354 hp and 500 Nm (368.8 lb-ft) of torque ensures top performance.
Striking shoulder line, classic soft top: the exterior
The designers went with the sleek lines of the Coupé for the styling 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 millimeters (15.3 ft), the new A5 Cabriolet is 47 millimeters (1.9 in) longer than the predecessor model.

The classic soft top fits perfectly and delivers outstanding aeroacoustics thanks to effective insulation. The new one-touch opening function makes operating the standard acoustic hood much easier: Just 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 (31.1 mph).

The front is dominated by a three-dimensional Singleframe grille which is much flatter and wider than before. The wave-shaped shoulder line – a hallmark styling feature of the entire A5 family – makes the A5 Cabriolet extremely elegant. The pronounced bulges over the wheel arches accentuate the quattro DNA. Horizontal lines at the rear emphasize the width of the new Audi A5 Cabriolet, which at the same time is slightly narrower than the predecessor.

The third brake light is elegantly integrated into the surrounding trim strip of the hood compartment cover. LED rear lights and optional LED or Matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn signals at the front and rear make high-end technology visible even after dark.

Strong package: the chassis
The wide track and the long wheelbase measuring 2,765 millimeters (108.9 in) are key features of the balanced, sporty suspension tuning. The track width is 1,587 millimeters (62.5 in) at the front and 1,568 millimeters (61.7 in) at the rear. An updated five-link suspension is used on the front axle. At the rear, a five-link construction replaces the trapezoidal-link suspension used on the previous model. Adaptive dampers are available as an option. They are incorporated into the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system and allow the driver to choose between a highly dynamic or comfortable driving experience. The newly developed electromechanical power steering offers good feedback from the road and greater steering precision. Optionally available is dynamic steering, which varies its gear ratio depending on the speed and steering angle.

Lighter and torsionally stiffer: the body
The body of the new Audi A5 Cabriolet is the stiffest in its class and yet is among the lightest in the segment. Thanks to a smart mix of materials and geometric lightweight design, the engineers have increased the good torsional stiffness of the predecessor model by another 40 percent. All of which makes the Cabriolet’s handling even more agile. The total weight of the new generation is reduced by up to 40 kilograms (88.2 lb). The front-wheel-drive A5 Cabriolet with the 190 hp 2.0 TDI weighs 1,690 kilograms (3725.8 lb).

Additional struts in the body compared with the Coupé and reinforced sills make up for the absence of a fixed roof. In the event of a crash and rollover, head-thorax side airbags and automatically extending aluminum profiles ensure the occupants’ safety.

Wide lineup: engines and drivetrain
There is initially a choice of three engines for the new Audi A5 Cabriolet in Germany – a 2.0 TFSI with 185 kW (252 hp), a 2.0 TDI with 140 kW (190 hp) and a 3.0 TDI with 160 kW (218 hp). Following the market introduction, a 2.0 TFSI with 140 kW (190 hp) and a 3.0 TDI with 210 kW (286 hp) will join the lineup. Compared with the previous model, the engines offer

up to 17 percent more power while consuming as much as 22 percent less fuel. All the engines combine high efficiency with sporty power development and smooth running – especially the two 3.0 TDI six-cylinder engines.

Six-speed manual transmission, seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission or eight-speed tiptronic – tailor-made drivetrain technology is available for every engine version. The drive is provided as standard via the front wheels; quattro drive with ultra technology and permanent all-wheel drive are available as options. The latter comes as standard for the 3.0 TDI with 210 kW (286 hp).

The Audi S5 Cabriolet is moving into a whole new league with its newly developed 3.0 TFSI. From its 2,995 cc of displacement, the boosted six-cylinder engine produces 260 kW (354 hp) of power – 15 kW (21 hp) more than the engine in the previous model. The top model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.1 seconds, and on up to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). It features quattro permanent all-wheel drive and the eight-speed tiptronic as standard.

Spacious and functional: the interior
The increased dimensions, the wheelbase extended by 14 millimeters (0.6 in) and more compact seats increase the space for the driver and passengers. The shoulder room in the front row of seats has been increased by 26 millimeters (1.0 in) and the kneeroom in the rear by 18 millimeters (0.7 in).

The horizontal architecture of the instrument panel and the continuous air vent strip create a generous sense of space. High-grade materials, different colors and excellent workmanship ensure a very special feel-good atmosphere and underscore the premium character. As an option the ambient lighting with 30 adjustable colors creates a fitting mood for the interior.

With the hood closed the luggage compartment has a capacity of 380 liters (13.4 cu ft). The soft top compartment in the luggage compartment automatically moves down when opening the soft top and up again when the soft top is closed, thus providing the largest possible luggage space at all times. The rear seat has a 50:50 split and can be easily folded forward using levers in the luggage compartment. As standard the tailgate on the A5 Cabriolet now opens automatically – using the remote control key or the button in the driver’s door. Audi also installs gesture control for the tailgate as an option: A proximity sensor in the bumper responds to a kicking movement with the foot – the tailgate opens automatically once the optional convenience key is detected.

Seat belt microphones as standard: operation made easy
Thanks to the all-new operating and display concept including natural language voice control and free-text search, the driver can control all functions effortlessly and intuitively. Standard seat belt microphones for driver and front passenger improve voice quality even with the hood open. As an alternative to the analog instrument dials, there is the Audi virtual cockpit with various display options. The large, high-resolution TFT monitor measuring 12.3 inches presents richly detailed graphics. The optional head-up display projects all relevant information onto the windshield in the driver’s direct field of vision as easily comprehensible symbols and digits, thus enabling the driver to keep their eyes on the road.

Top-class connectivity: infotainment and Audi connect
MMI navigation plus with MMI touch tops the infotainment range. Its 8.3-inch monitor has a resolution of 1,024 x 480 pixels. In addition to a DVD drive and a 10 GB flash memory, the high-end system also features two card readers, an AUX-IN connection and a USB connection with charging function.

An LTE module provides access to Audi connect online services – free of charge for three years. The first five map updates for the navigation system are also free of charge. The media hub also comes with a Wi-Fi hotspot which connects passengers’ mobile devices to the World Wide Web.

The Audi smartphone interface integrates iOS and Android cellphones in an environment specially developed for them in the MMI. The Audi phone box connects smartphones to the on-board antenna to provide superior reception quality. It also charges the smartphone inductively, without any wires, using the Qi standard. The Bang & Olufsen Sound System features innovative 3D sound and further improved bass thanks to a second woofer. It opens up the spatial dimension of height and gives the driver the sense of sitting in a concert hall. Its amplifier supplies 755 watts of power in total to 19 loudspeakers.

Abundant support: the driver assistance systems
With up to 30 driver assistance systems, the new Audi A5 Cabriolet offers a broad range of support. An intelligent combination of different technologies enhances safety, comfort and efficiency. Meanwhile Audi is also taking the next step toward piloted driving.

Playing a central role here is the adaptive cruise control (ACC) Stop&Go system including traffic jam assist. It relieves drivers in slow-moving traffic up to speeds of 65 km/h (40.4 mph) by assuming the tasks of braking and accelerating the car, and it also temporarily takes charge of steering on better roads. The predictive efficiency assistant evaluates GPS information from the car’s immediate surroundings and helps to save fuel by giving specific driving advice – a unique feature in this segment.

Collision avoidance assist intervenes if the car needs to drive around an obstacle to avoid an accident. Based on data from the front camera, ACC and radar sensors, it computes a recommended driving line within a fraction of a second. The lineup is rounded out by other assistance systems such as turn assist, park assist, rear cross traffic assist, exit warning, camera-based recognition of traffic signs, Audi active lane assist and Audi side assist.

Pampering program: the equipment
The Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet come with an especially wide range of equipment. Standard features include xenon headlights, the Audi drive select dynamic handling system and partial leather seats. Intuitive, ergonomic operation comes courtesy of the Audi MMI radio plus with 7-inch color display, seat belt microphones and the one-touch opening function for the soft top. The new lines concept with various equipment packages enhances the scope for individual design expression.

The new Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet will be in dealerships in Germany and other European countries in March 2017. The A5 Cabriolet starts at EUR 49,350. The price for the S5 Cabriolet is EUR 67,800.

Fuel consumption of the models named above

Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 185 kW:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.6 - 6.3 (35.6 - 37.3 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 151 - 144 (243.0 - 231.7 g/mi)**

Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TDI S tronic 140 kW:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 4.7 - 4.5 (50.0 - 52.3 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 124 - 118 (199.6 - 189.9 g/mi)**

Audi A5 Cabriolet 3.0 TDI quattro S tronic 160 kW:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.2 - 4.9 (45.2 - 48.0 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 137 - 128 (220.5 - 206.0 g/mi)**

Audi S5 Cabriolet:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.8 - 7.7 (30.2 - 30.5 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 177 - 175 (284.9 - 281.6 g/mi)**

** Figures depend on the tire/wheel sets used

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