Audi RS5 Cabriolet Facelift Released

Audi has just launched the facelifted version of the RS5 Cabriolet, with the vehicle following the coupe model that has already been launched. The vehicle is wearing the specific RS bodykit and Audi has stuck to the cloth soft top, which can be opened/closed in 15 and 17 seconds, respectively, up to speeds of 31 mph (50 km/h). When the roof is folded, this takes up just 60 liters (2.12 cu ft) of the luggage compartment’s 380 liters (13.42 cu ft).
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Inside, we find and RS5 three-spoke steering wheel with a flat bottom, which is finished in perforated leather, electric sport seats that use a combination of leather and Alcantara, with Audi telling us that “All leather types are pigmented to inhibit heating by sunlight”. You can also opt for manually-adjustable bucket seats, as well as for comfort seats that also come with ventilation.

Just like in the Coupe, we get a high-revving, naturally-aspirated 4,163cc V8 that delivers 450 hp at 8,250 rpm and 430 Nm (317 lb-ft) between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. The exhaust comes with special flaps that control the sound, with Audi offering an optional sport exhaust, which uses black tailpipes.

Power is sent to all four wheel via a seven-speed dual-clutch S Tronic gearbox and we’d advise you to dip into the list of optional goodies and go for the rear sport differential for the car’s quattro AWD.

The 0 to 62 mph sprint is dealt with in 4.9 seconds (0.4 seconds slower than the coupe), while the top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h). If this is requested, the top speed can be boosted to 174 mph (280 km/h). As for the combined cycle fuel efficiency, this sits at 10.9 l/100 km (21.58 US mpg).

Compared to the standard A5 Cabrio, the RS rides 20 mm (0.79 inches) lower, uses stiffer suspension mounts and beefier anti-roll bars. The car is connected to the road via a set of 19x9-inch that use 265/35 runner, while optional 20-inch rims with 275/30 tires are available.

Stopping power comes thanks to a system that uses ventilated and perforated discs, with the front ones measuring 365 mm (14.37 inches) and using 8 pistons. Again, if we look at the list of optional features, we find carbon-ceramic front rotors.

Another interesting optional feature is the Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), a hydraulic adaptive suspension. Let’s hear Audi talking about this: “Each pair of diagonally opposing shock absorbers is interconnected via hydraulic oil lines and a central valve; when cornering at speed, the system increases support of the spring-deflected front wheel at the outside of the curve. The shock absorber characteristic can be adjusted over three levels.”

Audi has also announced the German market details for the RS5 Cabrio, with the vehicle set to reach its first customers early next year, while its pricing starts at EUR88,500 (USD). As we previously told you, the RS5 Cabrio will also arrive in the US, although Audi hasn't mentioned anything about this for now. You can check out the full press released in the PDF file below.
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