The weather has turned decidedly horrible, so it’s the perfect time to talk about a new cabriolet, obviously. The new car in question comes from Audi. It’s the new A5 Cabriolet which replaces the, um, old A5 Cabriolet. Though to be fair to the German car giant, it looks pretty good.
While the A5 may have had a troubled start (seriously, did anybody buy one?) it’s doing well now. It’s the Goldilocks’ porridge of the Audi range. Just a little bit bigger than the A4, but not quite as big as the A6. Some people find it just right. Then they get eaten by bears. Possibly.
So what makes the new A5 Cabriolet new? Well, according to Audi, the elegant design, the larger interior and added comfort and convenience are the key. All lovely factors, but hardly revolutionary. What is a significant selling point, however, is the 40kg weight reduction. Oh, and the 40% increase in torsional rigidity. That makes the A5 Cabriolet the best in its class. It also means it won’t flex like a melting Tupperware container. Handy in the corners, that.
It’s available with three engines to start with. Namely the 2.0 TDI 190PS, the 3.0TDI 218PS and the 2.0TFSI 252PS. Though a 2.0 TFSI 190PS and 3.0 TDI 286PS will follow in due course. And of course, you don’t have to have just the front wheels doing all the work. This is an Audi, so the Quattro option will be available on some models. Perfect if you want to go snow driving or something.
The roof itself is pretty trick, too. Not only has Audi made more of an effort to make it mimic the Coupe, it’s also made sure it can be taken down in just 15 seconds. And that’s up to 31mph, too. So now you can do drive-by posing in residential areas. People will love you for that.
In terms of tech, the Audi Virtual Cockpit is available should you have a strong dislike for buttons. And as a lot of it is voice-activated, Audi has done to the bizarre length of fitting microphones into the front seat belts. And no, we’re not sure what that means either. But it sounds like it will make you look like a Copper talking into his radio, which Audi drivers will love while tailgating a Hyundai i10 on the A38.
The A5 Cabriolet will be available next month. A wise marketing strategy there, what with December’s beautiful weather. Oh, and yes, there will be a 354HP V6 turbo S5 version at some point. For those who like to pose at speed.