Introducing the all-new Audi A5 S5 Cabriolet

2017-07-19 06:01
The new Audi A5 cabriolet.PHOTO: sourced

The new Audi A5 cabriolet.PHOTO: sourced

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FOLLOWING the recent launch of the all-new Audi A5 Coupe and Sportback, the new Audi A5 Cabriolet has now been introduced to South Africa to complete the second generation of the A5 family.

In the Audi S5 Cabriolet, a new six-cylinder turbocharged engine developing 260 kW and 500 Nm of torque ensures top performance.

The designers went with the precise, elegant lines of the Coupé for the shape of the new Audi A5 Cabriolet. The rear window is now flatter and emphasises the sporty looks, as do the short overhangs and the long wraparound hood with power dome.

With a length of 4 673 mm, the new A5 Cabriolet is 47 mm longer than the predecessor model.

Together with the wheelbase, which has been extended by 14 mm, and more compact seats, this means more space for the driver and passengers. Shoulder room in the front row of seats has been increased by 26mm and knee room in the rear by 18mm. The classic soft top fits perfectly into the athletic design and delivers outstanding aero-acoustics thanks to effective insulation.

The new one-touch opening function makes operating the standard acoustic hood much easier: 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.

With its sporty and agile handling, the A5 Cabriolet is impressively dynamic. The engineers increased the already high torsional stiffness of the previous model by 40%.

The body is now the stiffest in its class. The total weight of the new generation has been reduced by up to 40 km.

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 and are incorporated into the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system, which allows 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.

The engine lineup initially comprises two units — a 2.0 TFSI with 140 kW and a 2.0T FSI with 185 kW. The former engine will only be offered in front-wheel drive, while the latter only with quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

Both engines, however, will be offered in either a Base or Sport trim line.

A 2.0 TDI engine will be available for the South African market at a later stage.

Rounding out the initial A5 Cabriolet offering will be the sporty Audi S5 Cabriolet. This model is equipped with a turbocharged, 2995 cc, six-cylinder engine producing 260 kW — 15 kW more than its predecessor.

The sprint from zero to 100 km/h takes 5,1 seconds, while its top speed is limited to 250 km/h.

The new Audi A5 Cabriolet also sets the standard when it comes to assistance systems. Some of the solutions are standard features, while the options can be ordered individually or are grouped together in the “Parking” and “City” assistance packages.

An intelligent combination of different technologies enhances safety, comfort and efficiency. In addition, 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. The ACC uses automatic braking and acceleration to maintain the distance between the A5 Cabriolet and the vehicle ahead.

The driver can choose between five distances and adjust acceleration and system response via Audi drive select. In interplay with the S tronic or tiptronic, it covers the entire speed range from 0 to 250 km/h.

The Stop&Go function also brakes the car to a complete stop and lets it start off again automatically at the driver’s request. The traffic jam assist relieves drivers in slow-moving traffic up to speeds of 65 km/h by assuming the tasks of braking and accelerating the car, and on better roads it also temporarily takes charge of steering. The car automatically follows the vehicles ahead, within system limits.

The new A5 Cabriolet comes standard with Audi pre-sense city. It monitors the road at speeds of up to 85 km/h, detects both other vehicles and pedestrians, and initiates full braking in an emergency.

The attention assist is also standard. It analyses driver behaviour and issues a warning when it detects that the driver is becoming inattentive.

The speed limiter, a standard feature, can be set to a particular speed ranging from 30 to 250 km/h — a very helpful tool for maintaining speed within city limits or in construction sites, for example.

— Supplied.

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