Beauty in motion

2010-03-19 13:01

THERE

is that something about a drop-top car that oozes sex ­appeal, and the last days

of summer provided perfect weather to test the Audi S5 Cabriolet.

I

had a super, sexy black number on test and if I could have an affair with a car,

the S5 Cabriolet – Audi’s top-of-the-line model of convertibles – would probably

be the one for me.

Not

being one to be seduced by looks only, the car’s supercharged 3.0 litre TFSI V6

engine scored it some serious brownie points. The figures boast 245kW of power

and a delicious 440Nm of torque.

The

driving dynamics are awesome, especially on a long road with lots of twisty

bits. The car is responsive; how I so wish all men were like that. Its thrusts

are powerful and sharp, and goes from zero to 100km/h in just 5.6 seconds.

This

S5 Cab is mated to a seven-speed S-tronic transmission with quattro permanent

all-wheel drive. One would think a powerful engine as the V6 would be a petrol

guzzler, but this beauty only uses 9.6 litres per 100km.

The

four-seater convertible comes with a foldable fabric top which emphasises its

striking silhouette. It did start raining on this particular day while driving

with the top down, but because the roof only takes 17 seconds to go back up, I

was saved from getting soaked.

The

beauty and convenience is that the driver doesn’t need to pull over on the side

of the road to operate the roof. One could be stationary at a robot or moving at

under 40km/h for it to be functional.

And

if you do not want to feel the winter chill on your face during the upcoming

colder months, there is the neck-level heating option available for the front

seats.

The

leather seats are another option. They are coated with a special layer to reduce

solar heating.

It’s

a great car to grab three of your girlfriends, or boyfriends, and go out for a

ladies, erm gents, night or even a picnic in the park. I doubt if gents would

take it for a picnic. Nonetheless, I took some of my guy friends for a drive at

night to Krugersdorp and enjoyed them screaming like a bunch of girls over the

thrilling drive.



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