Audi Unveils New RS 5 Cabriolet

By Paul Joseph

German luxury car-maker Audi have taken the wraps off its new and eagerly-anticipated RS 5 Cabriolet model.

The 450PS RS 5 Cabriolet features a fast-acting lightweight fabric roof that can be retracted to enjoy the full roar of the car’s 4.2-litre V8 engine.

The lightweight ‘acoustic hood’ of the Cabriolet offers superb sound absorption and, at the press of a button, opens and closes fully automatically in 15 seconds and 17 seconds respectively – even at speeds of up to 30mph.

As in Audi’s Coupe version, the car’s hand-built V8 delivers 450PS at 8,250 rpm and peak torque of 430 Nm at between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. It powers the Cabriolet from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds, and can take it to an electronically-limited 155mph top speed, which at extra cost can be elevated to 174mph.

The car’s body features styling updates from the coupe, including a slight revision to the single frame grille design, sharper and more pronounced bonnet contours, new ‘solid band’ wraparound LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights, new look front and rear bumpers and 19-inch wheels in a new ’10-spoke’ design.

Inside, the cabin also features the latest RS 5 detail enhancements, including a new flat-bottomed RS three-spoke steering wheel, along with the new generation Coupe’s equipment upgrade.

Cabriolet-specific standard features include automatic front seatbelt feeders, a wind deflector, the lighting package including LED interior lights and a rollover protection system incorporating aluminium plates which deploy upwards behind the rear head restraints.

The new RS 5 Cabriolet opens for UK ordering in late 2012, priced at £70,154 (€88,500 euros).

By Paul Joseph