In a week in which it won two of Germany’s prestigious Golden Wheel automotive awards for the Q2 and the A5 Coupe, Audi has announced details of the new Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet, which will go on sale in Ireland in the first quarter of 2017.
Rounding out the A5 range, the rag top models boast room for four people and a fully automatic soft top. The redesigned model is also kitted out with the latest technology, including driver assistance systems and seat belt microphones.
Audi says the new 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 and the top fully opens in 15 seconds and closes in 18, even while driving up to 50km/h.
The company also boasts that the body of the new A5 Cabriolet is the strongest in its class and yet is among the lightest in the segment. Engineers are said to have increased the car’s torsional rigidity by another 40%, while reducing weight by up to 40kg.
The cabriolet’s additional body struts and reinforced sills make up for the absence of a fixed roof. In the event of a crash and rollover, head and torso airbags and automatically extending aluminium profiles ensure the occupants’ safety.
An initial choice of two engines for the new A5 Cabriolet has been announced: a 2.0 TDI with 190 bhp and a 3.0 TDI with 218 bhp. It is thought that a 2.0 TFSI with 190 bhp and a 3.0 TDI with 286 bhp may also join the line-up after market introduction.
Compared with the previous model, the engines offer up to 17% more power while consuming as much as 22% less fuel.
The S5 Cabriolet is a horse of a different colour altogether, moving into a whole new league with its newly developed 3.0 TFSI. The boosted six-cylinder engine produces 354 bhp of power, 21 more than its predecessor. The top model accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 5.1 seconds, and has a governed top speed of 250km/h. It features quattro permanent all-wheel drive and the eight-speed tiptronic as standard.
Six-speed manual transmission, seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission or eight-speed tiptronic — tailor-made drivetrain technology is available for every engine option.
The new Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet will arrive in Irish dealerships in March 2017. Pricing will be announced soon, with the S5 Cabriolet to follow.
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