The All-New Audi A5 Cabriolet Won't Be Ready Until 2017, but Will It Look like This?

Mercedes-Benz created a tremendous sense of excitement at the Frankfurt Motor Show with the global debut of the S-Class Cabriolet and C-Class Coupe, a couple of two-door models with style and presence. Audi's big IAA announcement was the A4, very important but not quite as exhilarating.
2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet 1 photo
We honestly don't have any idea when the second-generation A5 Cabriolet will come out, but it could be more than two years away. Test prototypes haven't even been seen yet, as the company's engineers are currently busy with the A5 Coupe and its S5 performance counterpart.

In any case, there's usually a delay between the moment when a model is revealed and when it's ready to go on sale. For instance, the S4 sedan and estate models made their debuts in September 2015 but won't be ready until August 2016. That's almost a year between deciding to buy the car and actually getting it. What is this, Lamborghini?

We really have no idea what the next A5 with a folding roof will look like, but we suspect it will be something like what Theophilus Chin put together. The headlights are going to be a little bigger, but the general idea is perfect… perfectly average.

The investment piggy bank is taking blow after blow from the Dieselgate scandal. They've already agreed to cut investments by one billion euros per year, but it could get much worse with time. Still, the A5 Cabriolet is one of only three Audi convertibles and the only one that can compete with BMW and Mercedes rivals toe-to-toe. So we think it's safe to assume the next generation is safe.

Until only a few years ago, the cabrio was part of the A4 family. That changed after Walter de Silva came up with the A5's design, which he said was the most beautiful he had ever come up with. Now Marc Lichte is taking care of the styling, and he seems to be doing an okay job.

Audi has all sorts of new engines ready to go into the A5. However, we're mostly curious about the RS5. According to our sources, a 3-liter twin-turbo will find its way under the hood with around 450 horsepower. The all-important gearbox choice could see the current 7-speed twin-clutch being replaced by a "Tiptronic" unit, meaning the 8-speed auto made by ZF.


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