Despite our lack of appropriate places to use them. Australia has an attraction to fast European convertibles and the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet is no slouch and builds on the previously successful RS 4 Cabriolet.
For some, the omittance of a hard-top for a soft-top will be a disappointment but when you should be spending most of your time with the roof down. It’s hardly a point anyway, especially when it can open and close fully automatically in less than 17 seconds up to speeds of 50km/h.
Plus. You only sacrifice 60 out of the 380 litres in the boot to store the roof.
Hiding under the bonnet of this RS model is a high-revving 331kW 4.2 litre V8 engine that Audi says (and we agree) is best enjoyed with the soft-top lowered.
That V8 engine, unfortunately, isn’t worth much without a transmission. The magic of it all in the RS 5 Cabriolet will be the high-perfomance version of the S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This will launch the roofless rocket from 0-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds with a combined fuel consumption of 10.7 litres per 100km.
Making for a first down under, Audi Connect will be having its debut in the RS 5 Cabriolet. What this bit of technology does is enables the Audi to connect to the internet. It also packs in an integrated WiFi network which passengers can use to surf on the move.
The driver doesn’t have to miss out. There will be a wide range of Google services available to assist with navigation, Panoramio picture as well as Wikipedia.
Getting lost just got a whole new meaning.
What’s really nice to see on the RS 5 Cabriolet is that the standard feature list is long and inclusive. Sure, it’s not a cheap car but at least it feels like you’re getting some real value from having the little things included!
Here’s what comes standard on the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet, which is similar to its RS 5 Coupe sibling:
19-inch alloys wheels
Xenon plus headlights with adaptive cornering lights
MMI Navigation plus with 20GB hard drive and 2 SD card slots
Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
Audi Music Interface (AMI)
Audi sound system (180w output, 6-channel amplifier, 10 speakers incl. subwoofer)
Audi parking system plus with rear view camera
Front and rear heated sports seats
Climate controlled comfort seats, including neck-level heating (no cost option)
Audi drive select
High-performance RS braking system with lightweight ‘wave’ rotors
RS sports suspension
Acoustic hood, fully automatic with front and rear LED lighting
Flat-bottom sports steering wheel in RS design, multifunction with shift paddles
Of course, there are paid options including the choice of three sports packages and some other enhancements such as better suspension. Though with the big list up top, we can’t see many needing to tick and option boxes.
The Audi RS 5 Cabriolet, like we said, isn’t cheap. That doesn’t mean you’re not getting value though. However for those interested the RS 5 Cabriolet will start from $175,900. In comparison, the RS 5 Coupe currently available starts from $155,900.
It looks the part, and no doubt it sounds the part. The RS 5 Cabriolet is here and watch out BMW M4.