The latest members of the new-generation Audi A5 family have touched down at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The new 2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet and S5 Cabriolet are making their North American debut, with an aim to spice up their appeal to the premium vehicle market in the United States.
These new Audi models include the new generation of the A5 and the S5, but without the hard top. Prior to the introduction of these models, Audi’s new generation A5 lineup seemed incomplete. Their arrival signals the availability of open-air driving and riding experience in the A5 family. Both the A5 and S5 Cabriolet are provided with a fully automatic top with one-touch opening function. This soft cloth top could be opened and closed -- with just a touch of a button -- in just 15 seconds and 18 seconds, respectively, at speeds of up to 31 mph. When opened, the top folds into three layers and stores itself in a tray located below the luggage compartment.
Basically, the A5 and S5 Cabriolet are the same, with the difference mainly centered in their engines, thus their on-the-road performances. Thus, the S5 is considered as the steroid-boosted A5 sans the muscles. Acting as the heart of the A5 Cabriolet is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 252 hp of output and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. Paired to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission, this engine allows the A5 Cabriolet to zoom from zero to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds.
Meanwhile, the core of the S5 Cabriolet is a re-engineered 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine that delivers 354 hp of output and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. Mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission designed for low-end torque, this turbocharged V6 engine allows S5 Cabriolet to sprint from standstill to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. There is a 1.2-second difference between the two Cabriolet models, but that gap means that the S5 convertible would leave the lower powered A5 soft stop in the dust during a quick sprint.
Both Cabriolet models are standard-equipped with quattro all-wheel drive with a basic rear-biased ratio of 40:60 as well as wheel-selective torque control. On-the-road 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 A5 convertibles come with a new electromechanical power steering for greater steering precision, with the availability of an optional dynamic steering that is able to vary its gear ratio according to the vehicle speed and steering angle.
The interior of the new Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet has been made more spacious and more functional, thanks to increased dimensions and wheelbase. These models are provided with more compact seats, increasing the front shoulder room by 26 mm (1.0 inch) and the rear knee room by 18 mm (0.7 inch). The whole new level of audio experience inside the A5 and S5 Cabriolet comes courtesy of the Bang & Olufsen Sound System with a 755-watt amplifier and 19 loudspeakers.