Make no mistake: the new Audi S5 Cabriolet is a fast, adorable and acutely high-quality allotment of kit. It’s able and composed, too, but admitting Audi’s best efforts, it still isn’t as aciculate to drive as the Coupe. The added aural address of the V6 with the roof bottomward is welcome, yet as a fast cruiser, the 3.0-litre agent is a added absorbing and angled artefact – as able-bodied as actuality cheaper to buy and run.
This new and bigger S5 Cabriolet joins the auto and Sportback as the final instalment of the Audi S5 range, and is advised to booty on the Mercedes-AMG C 43 Cabriolet and BMW 440i Convertible.
Like the A5 Cabriolet we collection recently, the S5 sits on Audi’s newest MLB Evo platform, with beyond exoteric ambit but a abridgement in weight over its predecessor. The S5 is 40kg lighter – although it’s still a abundant 225kg added than the coupe, due to the added deepening appropriate by the abatement of the roof. Audi claims it’s 40 per cent stiffer than before, too.
The added weight over the auto agency achievement suffers, on cardboard at least. Admitting the 349bhp 3.0-litre turbocharged V6’s best efforts, 0-62mph takes 5.1 seconds, which is four-tenths slower than the hard-top.
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For the best part, however, you’d be hard-pushed to acquaint the difference; it feels aloof as strong, battlefront through the dual-clutch gearbox’s eight ratios acknowledgment to the advantageous 500Nm of torque.
With the roof down, your aerial get abounding admission to that adapted V6 while the bankrupt ancestor and bangs on the overrun. That’s the key account of the drop-top over the coupe; it adds a little bit of ball that was ahead in abbreviate supply.
Don’t anticipate that makes it added of a driver’s car, however. Audi has hardly ashen the abeyance of the Cabriolet to area off anatomy shimmies associated with accident the roof. It rides with a close but controlled alteration best of the time as a result, but some agitate is still axiomatic over absolutely asperous roads, and the softer accoutrement introduces a blow added anatomy movement.
It’s added ill-fitted to demography it easy, again – but in that case, the torquey and bland V6 agent seems to be the bigger fit.
Elsewhere, there’s little to accuse about. The bolt soft-top folds bound and can be operated at up to 31mph, while the berth charcoal acute and the body affection is first-class. There’s alike a appropriate bulk of amplitude for four adults.
But there’s annihilation that you couldn’t acquisition on bottom A5 cabriolets; the ambit starts from aloof over £35,000, so you needn’t absorb the added £15,000 to defended the S5.