Audi / A5 / S5 Cabriolet
SUN seekers of the world with deep pockets and a need for speed rejoice, because Audi has finally introduced the soft-top version of its beautiful S5 Coupe.
But all is not what it seems, since the Cabrio version ditches the closed car’s ageing V8 for a spanking new supercharged V6 that offers 25 per cent better economy as well as similar performance outputs.
Coupled with gorgeous styling, a beautifully fashioned cabin and the security of quattro all-wheel drive and the sunniest, speediest four-seater Audi convertible seems to have all the right bases covered.
Model release date: December 2009
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ARGUABLY the most elegant four-seater convertible that Audi has ever produced, the B6-based B7 S4 Cabriolet looked better than it drove, despite having a punchy and sweet 253kW/410Nm 4.2-litre V8 petrol powerplant mated to the company’s quattro all-wheel-drive system.
The problem stemmed from the ride quality which erred on the side of very firm, detracting from the comfort and appeal of the hot convertible.
Add a nose-heavy handling feel, and the S4 Cabriolet was best sampled on a smooth and straight road, because it would never be able to keep up with the far-more focussed and enjoyable BMW E46 M3 Convertible that Audi pitched this car against.
At least equipment levels, as well as the build quality, lived up to the corporate promise.
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$67,1901.8 TFSI Sportback (a)
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$68,6902.0 TDI Sportback (a)
$68,6902.0 TDI Coupe (a)
$73,8002.0 TFSI quattro Sportback
$73,8002.0 TFSI quattro coupe
$75,7002.0 TFSI quattro Sportback (a)
$75,7002.0 TFSI quattro coupe (a)
$79,7901.8 TFSI cabriolet (a)
$81,7902.0 TDI cabriolet (a)
$88,9002.0 TFSI quattro cabriolet (a)
$93,8003.0 TDI quattro Sportback (a)
$93,8003.0 TDI quattro coupe (a)
$98,4003.0 TFSI quattro Sportback (a)
$98,4003.0 TFSI quattro coupe (a)
$106,7003.0 TDI quattro cabriolet (a)
$110,5003.0 TFSI quattro cabriolet (a)
$119,000S5 3.0 TFSI Quattro Sportback (a)
$119,000S5 3.0 TFSI quattro coupe (a)
$129,000S5 3.0 TFSI Quattro Cabriolet (a)
$155,900RS5 4.2 FSI quattro coupe (a)
$175,900RS5 4.2 FSI quattro Cabriolet (a)
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