After being introduced into the market back in 2007, the Audi A5 line-up is entering the 2012 model year with new, advanced technologies and an updated design. These type of mid-cycle refreshes are to be expected, but the one modified feature that brought some minor confusion to the automotive world is the downgraded engine found under the hood.

The previous Audi S5 came packing a 4.2 liter V8 engine that cranked out 354 HP, but the 2012 model will only get a supercharged 3.0 liter TFSI engine with a total output of 333 HP. This may leave a few people shaking their heads, but greener is leaner and this new engine will provide an improved fuel consumption of about 20% (getting it to 29.04 US mpg). If the environmental aspect isn’t enough, then rest assured that the 2012 Audi S5 Convertible will still deliver impressive performance numbers.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Audi S5 Convertible.

  • 2012 Audi S5 Convertible
  • Year:
    2012
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    333
  • MPG(Hwy):
    29
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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Like with all the other models in the line-up, the Audi S5 Cabriolet has received subtle changes to both the exterior and interior. The most obvious change can be found in the new headlights and taillights with LED bulbs. Other changes include a redefined glossy black upper grille, a new and slightly more contoured hood, larger air intakes on the bumper, and new crystal-effect paint finishes. Finishing off the exterior is a new set of standard 18" wheels combined with an S sport suspension.

Interior

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Minor changes also find their way inside of the vehicle with a new steering wheel, new paint covers, revised center console buttons, and an updated ignition key. The selector lever for the automatic transmission is also new, as is the button for the optional Audi drive select system and the controls for the high-efficiency air conditioning system, the multifunction steering wheel, and the white illumination on the car’s display units.

Engine

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The biggest update for the 2012 Audi S5 can be found under the hood. In a surprising turn of events, Audi has dropped the car’s standard 4.2-liter V8 engine in favor of a new supercharged 3.0 TFSI V6 engine that delivers a total of 333 HP. This decrease of power does come with a bonus, however. The Audi S5’s fuel economy has gotten a jumpstart of about 20%, allowing it to climb to 29.04 US mpg.

Despite the fact that the S5 will now deliver less power than the previous model, the performance numbers are still impressive. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in 4.9 seconds, while top speed is still electronically limited to 155 mph.

The most important technical updates for the Audi S5 are quattro drive with the crown-gear center differential and electromechanical power steering. When combined with S tronic, the quattro drivetrain uses the crown-gear center differential and torque vectoring; the sport differential is the perfect complement.

Prices

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Despite the significant improvements made for the 2012 model year, prices for the Audi S5 remain almost unchanged. In Germany, the starting price will only climb by about €200 (about $284 at the current rates) from the previous year, settling in at about €33,350 ($46,933 at the current rates).

Competition

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The list of competitors for the Audi S5 Convertible will include models like the BMW 3-Series Convertible and the Infiniti G37 Convertible. With the minor improvements made for the 2012 S5, we may even dare to say that the S5 remains the most elegant model of all. And even with the downgrade in power to 333 HP, the S5 is even the most powerful.

The Infiniti G37 Convertible is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine with VVEL (for Variable Valve Event and Lift), rated at 325 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. The BMW model gets a twin turbocharged six cylinder engines good for 300 HP and 300 lb-ft of torque thanks to the twin scroll turbine and the integration of Valvetronic engine technology.

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22 comments:

  (320) posted on 01.5.2012

I love the improve technology that this Audi S5 had and for me, it is already looks great with its color, it is very striking for me. One of those cars that really can catch everyone’s attention.

  (692) posted on 01.1.2012

All that I can say is that, most convertible cars are quite good. Talking about its color, its looks boring compared to other convertible cars. 

  (777) posted on 12.21.2011

Compared with BMW and Infiniti, Audi has the most outstanding appearance. Moreover, it’s a good thing that it has an impressive and efficient engine which could truly give on it a nice speed.

  (409) posted on 12.9.2011

I love the improve technology of this Audi S5, and I have to agree that it already looks great with its color, it is very striking on that. Moreover, I must say that it is one of those cars that can really catch everyone’s attention.

  (498) posted on 12.7.2011

For guys, pink is really a boring color but as for the girls? They would love to have a car that painted on pink. As we can see the model of this car is a girl anyway I love the improvement of technology on this.

  (728) posted on 11.30.2011

S5 convertible really looks so attractive and sexy on its platform design and its body paint only adds more appeal on it. Moreover, I must say that I’m already satisfied with its engine output.

  (647) posted on 10.5.2011

Look so sexy, elegant and hot, and every angle it look stunning and definitely impressive. Though there are more convertible cars that is more detailed and unique.

  (428) posted on 09.5.2011

Well its a good thing that it had a better fuel consumption and they are right that this convertible car is already stunning and striking on its color.

  (595) posted on 08.31.2011

I love the improve technology that this Audi S5 had and for me, it is already looks great with its color, it is very striking for me. One of those car that really can caught everyones attention.

  (474) posted on 08.24.2011

Don’t lose hope guys, it is maybe available on other color. I must agree with Ashton Blake that most of convertible cars are really quite good and impressive.

  (337) posted on 08.4.2011

For guys, pink is really a boring color but as for the girls they would love to have a car that painted of pink. As we can see the model of this car is a girl anyway I love the improvement of technology on this.

  (579) posted on 07.26.2011

Yeah! I agree that the color pink didn’t suit the image of the car but for the girls, it will surely be so cute for them. The elegant appearance of this convertible car is such an amazing. I would love to have a car like this. 

  (302) posted on 07.26.2011

I wonder what is the true meaning of convertible cars. All that I can say is that, most convertible cars are quite good. Talking about its color, its looks boring compared to other convertible cars.

  (397) posted on 07.18.2011

I admit the exterior really caught my attention, though I don’t think it will fit for a color pink. I think it would be much better if it is yellow painted and has the crystal effect.

  (402) posted on 07.15.2011

Awesome! Actually, I’m a fan of some convertible cars, I really admire it very much. And this one really caught my eye! I wonder it would be more fabulous if it will be a color pink! ha ha..

  (402) posted on 07.15.2011

Audi really emphasizes on the car technology and fuel consumption on this one. But why did they replaced the V8 with a V6 engine??? How about its power???

  (447) posted on 07.15.2011

I don’t think that the engine performance of this car is impressive. It is a sports car so it must have the speed, but I admit it’s similar to its coupe version. They just pull off the roof.

  (412) posted on 07.15.2011

I wonder on what they mean by the ’No more V8 for 2012’ statement? Well, convertible would always be awesome though I have the doubt in the reliability on its performance.

  (412) posted on 07.15.2011

I wonder on what they mean by the ’No more V8 for 2012’ statement? Well, convertible would always be awesome though I have the doubt in the reliability on its performance.

  (467) posted on 07.15.2011

ell, as expected from a convertible it has an impressive styling and decent look. However, I was a bit disappointed in the engine performance of this vehicle for its kind of less powerful for a v8 technology.

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