Compact luxury sportiness with unlimited headroom

The Audi S5 first appeared on the scene in 2007, initially dropping cover as a coupe alongside its more pedestrian sibling, the A5. Two years later, at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi introduced the S5 Sportback, a five-door model promising greater practicality in a still-sporty package, plus the open-air S5 Cabriolet, both of which went on sale for the 2010 model year. A mid-cycle refresh arrived in 2013, including new technology, styling, and powertrain updates. Now, it’s time for a new generation to take the reins, and as such, Audi has unveiled the 2017 S5 Cabriolet, rounding out the new A5 lineup with a sportier soft-top iteration of the compact luxury two-door. The next gen brings with it slightly larger dimensions, tweaked styling, a sleek interior packed with gadgets, a more powerful turbo six-cylinder, an updated rear suspension, and new systems for safety and convenience.

Being the best in this segment takes style and attitude, mixing the fun of unlimited headroom with a decent punch when you press on the loud pedal. Keeping up with the technological Jonses is also critical, with competition from Europe and Japan vying to impress in the cabin as well. Does the new S5 have what it takes to compete?

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Audi S5 Cabriolet.

  • 2017 Audi S5 Cabriolet
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    354
  • Torque @ RPM:
    369
  • 0-60 time:
    5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    70000 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    7.7/10

Exterior

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We last got a glimpse of the 2017 Audi S5 this past April, when our spy photographers caught a test mule making the rounds at the Nurburgring. As expected, the look doesn’t change all that much for 2017, with the Four Rings carrying over the majority of design cues originally penned by Walter Maria de Silva for the first S5 Cab. That said, there are a few notable differences between the previous and new generation.

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The S5 Cabriolet utilizes a surplus of horizontal lines in the design, giving it a lower, wider presence on the road. Dimensionally, the new S5 is substantially larger than before.

Let’s start in front. That characteristic three-dimensional Singleframe grille was reshaped for 2017, and now gains a shorter, wider appearance than before. The old seven-slat insert is gone, replaced by six flat slats stretched horizontally across the nose. The headlights were also reshaped, gaining a slimmer, narrower appearance without the lower embellishments of the previous generation. The housings are still outlined with daytime running lights, but the highlights are relegated to the top of the light. The headlights use Xenon elements as standard, but LEDs and matrix LEDs with dynamic turn signals (front and rear) are an available option.

The lower bumper was reshaped as well, with a lower character line that stretches into the side intakes, neatly framing the corner fog lights with broader silver trim. Up top, we find heavy creases that give the front end a “power dome” appearance.

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In the flanks, we see a shoulder line that stretches into the rear end with a “wave” like appearance. Studding the fenders is new badging. Below is a raked crease that lends the car a forward-leaning look. The fenders are flared slightly, a feature Audi says acknowledges to car’s standard quattro AWD system. The rear window is also slightly flatter, while the overhangs remain short, especially in front.

In back, the taillights were reshaped as well, once again with a flatter, longer appearance. There are dual oval exhaust tips in both corners with a polished finish, a brushed metal frame, and a prominent diffuser insert. On the trunk is a small lid spoiler. The third brake light is integrated with the trim of the rear soft top cover, while the taillights are outfitted with LEDs.

The S5 Cabriolet utilizes a surplus of horizontal lines in the design, giving it a lower, wider presence on the road. Dimensionally, the new S5 is substantially larger than before, gaining an extra 1.9 inches in the overall length (up to 4,673 mm, or 184 inches), while the wheelbase was extended by 14 mm (0.6 inches) to 2,765 mm (108.9 inches). The track is now 1,587 mm (62.5 inches) wide in front, and 1,568 mm (61.7 inches) wide in the rear. Interestingly, the model is actually narrower overall this time around.

The Competition

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Note: BMW 4 Series Convertible pictured on the left, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet AMG C43 pictured on the right.

Without a doubt, the S5’s biggest competition will come from the other two big German makes - BMW and Mercedes.

Let’s start with the Bimmer, which was just updated for the 2018 model year with new exterior styling. However, the Coupe and Gran Coupe iterations received more updates than the convertible, particularly in front, where the drop top carries over the outgoing model’s “dog bone” shaped central intake. However, there are new details, such as the restyled headlights that get new hexagonal graphics, if you look for them. There are also new LED fog lights in the lower front bumper corners as standard, upgraded LED taillights (a first for the 4 Series), and new wheel designs. You’ll also notice a short front overhang, straight, muscular character lines, chrome details, and a broad, flat rear end.

As for the Merc, the C-Class is where you wanna look for the Three-Pointed Star’s substitute. Up front is a shapely bumper design, complete with plenty of curves and shiny metal. The folding soft top falls away to reveal a body that looks equally good without a roof, with lots of visual rake added by the profile character lines. In back, the tail is rounded, terminating in a flick of a trunk spoiler. LEDs come as standard for the daytime running lights, while LED headlights, LED taillights, and adaptive headlights are all available options. More aggression can be had with the optional AMG wheels, with sizing up to 19-inches in diameter.

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Compared to competitors like these, the Audi S5 Cabriolet looks simpler and more refined, offering an air of elegance against the muscularity of the Bimmer and boldness of the Merc. Some folks will undoubtedly prefer this understated approach, but if I were to choose between the three on aesthetics along, I’d probably opt for the Merc. In this segment, styling can mean a lot, and to my eye, the Merc does it the best. If I’m gonna spend more than $60,000 on a two-door convertible, I wanna turn some heads, and I believe the Mercedes is most capable in that regard.

BMW 4 Series Convertible Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible Audi S5 Convertible
Wheelbase (Inches) 110.6 111.8 108.9
Length (Inches) 182.6 184.5 184.0
Width (Inches) 71.9 71.3 73.0
Height (Inches) 54.5 55.5 54.3
Track Front/Read (Inches) 60.8/62.8 61.5/60.9 62.5/61.7

Interior

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Inside the new S5 Cabriolet, you’ll find the usual Audi sportiness and luxury. The steering wheel uses a flat bottom and comes with a variety of buttons at thumb’s length on the sides. The gauge cluster is an analog unit as standard, but digital gauges can be had for extra outlay (more on that in a second). There’s also a “continuous air vent strip” that stretches across the dash. Mounted high and center is a tablet screen, while a splash of hard buttons and knobs are in the center console. The pedals use brushed metal, while the standard partial-leather seats offer nice side bolsters for spirited driving support.

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It’s a nice amalgamation of top-shelf materials and horizontal layout, and there are new color schemes as well. Long story short, it’s a solid continuation of Audi’s traditional cabin qualities.

It’s a nice amalgamation of top-shelf materials and horizontal layout, and there are new color schemes as well. Long story short, it’s a solid continuation of Audi’s traditional cabin qualities.

Seating capacity is still capped at four, with two in front (including passenger) and two in the rear. Dimensionally, the extra space outside translates into more space inside, especially when paired with the new S5’s more efficient seating design. For example, shoulder room was increased by 26 mm (1.0 inches) for passengers in front, while knee room in the rear increased by 18 mm (0.7 inches). All the exact figures are still forthcoming, but you can check out the competition’s numbers in the chart below.

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Audi saw fit to equip the new S5 Cab with upwards of 380 liters (13.4 cubic feet) of cargo space. That’s substantial for this segment.

And while most would consider a two-door convertible to be the last model to offer any semblance of practicality, Audi saw fit to equip the new S5 Cab with upwards of 380 liters (13.4 cubic feet) of cargo space. That’s substantial for this segment. Maximizing the available room is a compartment in the rear that repositions itself in conjunction with the soft top’s opening and closing, either housing the top when it’s down, or moving out of the way when it’s up. Further cargo arrangements are made with a 50:50 split for the rear bench, activated via levers in the luggage compartment.

Standard equipment on the S5 includes a tailgate that automatically opens using a button on the control key, or a button located on the driver’s door. There’s also an optional gesture control for the tailgate, with a proximity sensor located under the bumper, which means all you have to do is make a little kick towards the rear end with the key in your pocket, and it’ll open up.

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Infotainment includes a standard Audi MMI radio, plus a 7.0-inch horizontally mounted color display in the dash. The analog dials behind the steering wheel can be replaced with Audi’s virtual cockpit, which is a 12.3-inch TFT display that replaces all the needles with a digitized readout and includes various “display options.” There’s also optional ambient lighting with up to 30 different adjustable colors, and an optional heads-up display that projects info onto the windshield in the driver’s periphery. There’s also voice control and free-text search.

If you opt into the top-range trim level for the infotainment gear, you get all kinds of goodies, such as Audi connect, MMI navigation plus, an MMI touch controller, an 8.3-inch monitor with resolution at 1,024 by 480 pixels which replaces the regular 7.0-incher, a DVD drive, 10 GB of flash memory, two card readers, an auxiliary input jack, and a USB connection with charging function.

The Audi connect services feature utilizes an LTE hotspot for the connection, with the first three years of service offered free of charge. The first five map updates for the navigation system are free as well.

There’s an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot for mobile connectivity if needed, with support and integration features for iOS and Android devices. Pair it up, and you’ll get increased reception through the Audi phone box, plus wireless device charging using the Qi standard.

Providing the tunes is a Bang & Olufsen sound system, which features 3D sound including height as an extra spatial element. The stereo pumps out 755 watts of power, with 19 speakers total to make the noise. There’s also a second subwoofer to bolster the low end, which should be great for top-down, volume-up harassment of the local populace. Alternatively, keep the top up and enjoy high-end “aeroacoustics” thanks to solid insulation, a feature that Audi says it paid particular attention to.

Further standard equipment includes seatbelt microphones for both the driver and passenger. This allows you to continue to make calls and use the voice control features, even with the top down and wind blowing.

Finally, it should be noted that the fully automatic soft top can operate at speeds up to 31 mph, with just one touch needed to either open and close. The whole process takes 15 seconds to open, and 18 seconds to close.

The Competition

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The look and layout of the cabin in the updated BMW 4 Series Convertible didn’t change a whole lot, but there are a few bits and bobs worth mentioning. New trim pieces include electroplated items and a good deal of chrome, while the central console gets a high-gloss black surround. Double-stitching was used on the upholstery that covers the instrument panel, while three new upholstery colors and three new trim options make are now available. New navigation and instrumentation displays were also added, while the optional Navigation system Professional uses a tile-based user interface similar to a smartphone. Finally, there’s an optional multifunctional instrument display.

As for the rest of it, there’s still an asymmetric, driver-oriented design, with the central display mounted high on the dash, and almost all the buttons and knobs tilted towards the hot seat. Wi-Fi and an abundance of USB ports complete it.

While both the Audi and Bimmer are nice, the Merc once again stands out from the competition. The look and layout is much more sleek and glossy, offering a control scheme that seems more integrated and streamlined. The hard buttons and switches that are in place get a metallic, heavy feel, and we like that. Aluminum trim comes standard, while a sporty, flat-bottom steering wheel is optional. Several different types of wood trim are also optional, while a topstitched leatherette dash, and brushed aluminum sport pedals are both standard. A heated seat function, driver-seat memory, and dual-zone climate control are all standard, while a multicolor LED ambient lighting system and AMG Performance front seats are both optional.

I still prefer the Merc when it comes to luxury digs. Like I said, the Audi and Bimmer are definitely nice, offering a good amount of tech and opulence in their own right, but it’s hard to deny the sheer lavishness and refinement that you get with the Mercedes product. “Fit and finish” is a term that comes readily to mind. Just make sure you’ve got the cash needed to take a pen to that options list.

BMW 4 Series Convertible Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible
Head Room – Front 40.4 Inches 38.8 Inches
Head Room – Rear 35.6 Inches
Leg Room – Front 42.2 Inches 42.0 Inches
Leg Room – Rear 33.1 Inches 32.0 Inches
Shoulder Room – Front 55.3 Inches 54.8 Inches
Shoulder Room – Rear 49.8 Inches 51.7 Inches
Cargo Room 13.06 Cubic Feet 8.8 Cubic Feet

Drivetrain

Under the hood, you’ll find an upgraded powerplant making more peak output than it did before. The S5 is equipped with a turbocharged 3.0-liter (2,995 cc) TFSI V-6, which produces 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. That’s approximately 21 horsepower more than the preceding model, and the same horsepower figure as the old 4.2-liter V-8 S5 coupe. It’s also 44 pound-feet more than the outgoing model.

Properly motivated, the S5 Convertible can hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, going on to a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph.

Sending that power to the ground is a standard quattro AWD system, complete with a Torsen center differential. A standard eight-speed tiptronic transmission handles the gear changes.

Properly motivated, the S5 Convertible can hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, going on to a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph.

Audi S5
Engine 3.0-liter TFSI V-6
Horsepower 354 HP
Torque 369 LB-FT
0 to 60 MPH 5.1 seconds
Top Speed 155 MPH

The Competition

BMW offers two power levels when it comes to the 4 Series convertible – the 430i, which is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-banger making 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, or the 440i, which is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder making 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. Since we’re comparing this to the hot-to-trot S5, rather than the A5, we’ll go with the 440i for this one.

BMW offers the 440i Convertible with either RWD, or equipped with its xDrive AWD system. Both configurations yield the same acceleration figures, hitting 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, matching the S5 in that respect. Top speed is also equal, tapping out at an electronically limited 155 mph. The only gearbox on offer is an eight-speed Steptronic.

Next we’ve got the Merc, which gets just one engine option – a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder. You can get it with either RWD as standard, or upgrade to the 4Matic model for extra AWD grip. Either way, you’re gonna be looking at the same performance specs, with 60 mph arriving in 6.3 seconds, and top speed peaking at 130 mph. Both models also come with a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission as the only gearbox option.

You can get more speed if you want, but it’ll mean stepping into something with an AMG badge – specifically the AMG C43. This thing packs two more cylinders and a lot more muscle, boasting a “biturbo” 3.0-liter V-6 pumping out 362 horsepower. Torque looks like 384 pound-feet. Routed through a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission (the only gearbox choice) and a 4Matic AWD system (RWD not available), it’s enough to propel the two-door to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Top speed is limited at 155 mph

While the AMG’d Merc may be the quicker option on paper, I’d still opt for the BMW when it comes to the drivetrain and power unit. Not only does it offer the option for RWD if you prefer it, but it’s also got an inline six-cylinder, and that my friends is just too sweet to pass up.

BMW 4 Series Convertible 440i Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet AMG C43
Engine 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower turbocharged inline six-cylinder 3.0-liter AMG Biturbo turbocharged V-6
Horsepower 320 HP 362 HP
Torque 330 LB-FT 384 LB-FT
0 to 60 MPH 5.1 seconds 4.7 seconds
Top Speed 155 MPH 155 MPH

Chassis And Handling

The new Audi S5 uses a five-link suspension set-up at all four corners. The preceding S5 Cab also used a five-link in front, but this time around, Audi changed up the tuning a little bit. The rear five-link suspension replaces the old model’s trapezoidal link, which should help to refine the ride.

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Body stiffness is critical in a sporty convertible, but thankfully, under the skin is a lighter, stiffer body.

For comparison, the BMW 4 Series Convertible also uses a five-link rear suspension.

Standard equipment includes Audi’s drive select dynamic handling system, which allows drivers to choose between a variety of different handling settings, such as those tailored to either sportiness, or more comfort, as the situation dictates. If you need more handling chops, Audi is offering up adaptive dampers as an available option.

Audi gave the S5’s electro mechanical steering system an update as well, offering more precision than it did before. The options list includes dynamic steering, which will vary the ratio depending on the road speed and steering angle to maximize feeling.

Body stiffness is critical in a sporty convertible, as the lack of a roof will often render the handling vague, wooly, and generally unpleasant. Less stiffness also translates into a poorer ride as well. Thankfully, under the skin is a lighter, stiffer body, which is apparently upwards of 40 percent stiffer compared to the outgoing model.

Torsional rigidity is important, but in order to regain that stiffness, most convertibles show a marked increase in curb weight compared to their coupe equivalent. Such is the case with the S5, but at least Audi managed to lop off 88 pounds with the generational changeover. Audi says it used additional struts and reinforced side sills to replace the lost rigidity when the S5 went topless.

The Competition

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Note: BMW 4 Series Convertible pictured on the left, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet AMG C43 pictured on the right.

While BMW just revised the suspension for the 4 Series Coupe and Gran Coupe, the Convertible model continues on with the same old set-up. But that’s not really a big deal, given the lightweight construction used under the skin. The 4 Series Convertible is equipped with a double-pivot front suspension, and a five-link set-up in the rear with cast-aluminum components. There’s servotronic power steering, and multiple driving modes (Comfort, Sport, Sport+, etc.). Making the stick are run-flat all-season tires, sized at 225/45R18.

The Mercedes arrives with a much more aggressive demeanor. Given its time under the watchful eye of AMG, it should come as no surprise this thing arrives ready to rumble. Underneath is the same basic set-up as the hard top C-Class, with four-wheel independent suspension (aluminum-hewn four-link in front, plus a five-arm multilink in back), plus AMG-tuned AWD grip sending 69 percent of the torque to the rear axle. You also get standard AMG Sport suspension, which takes advantage of the wider track, plus there’s standard torque vectoring brakes, while staggered all-season tires are on the rollers, sized at 225/45R18 in front and 245/40R18 in back.

While the Mercedes and Audi are both certainly impressive, I’ve gotta defer to the Bimmer when it comes to having fun in the corners, the reason being the available RWD. There’s just something just so intrinsically right about mounting the engine up front and sending power to the rear, and unfortunately, neither the Audi nor the Mercedes have that option.

Safety And Convenience

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The new S5 includes a wide variety of driver’s assist systems – up to 30 to be exact, each designed to enhance “safety, comfort and efficiency.” It’s all stepping-stones on the way towards a future Audi classifies as “piloted driving” (that is, fully autonomous diving systems).

Part of the equipment is adaptive cruise control, which comes with a Stop&Go function and traffic jam assist. This system can follow the car ahead, and even apply the throttle and brakes in a traffic jam at speeds up to 65 km/h (40.4 mph). On “better roads,” it can offer assistance with the steering as well.

There’s also predictive efficiency, which will use the navigation info to give the driver “specific driving advice,” a feature that Audi says is unique to the segment

Then there’s collision avoidance assist, which uses a front camera, ACC, and radar sensors to detect potential obstacles and collisions. If a potential collision is detected, the system will “[compute] a recommended driving line within a fraction of a second.”

Other basic features include turn assist, park assist, rear cross traffic alert, exit warning, camera-based traffic sign recognition, and lane assist.

Passive systems include head-thorax side airbags, as well as aluminum “profiles” that will automatically extend in the event of a rollover.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have yet to release safety info for any model year of the S5 Cabriolet.

The Competition

If you’re looking to make a BMW 4 Series Convertible as safe as possible, there are a few packages you should look into. First up is the Driver Assistance Package, which includes Park Distance Control and a rear view camera to make reversing and parking easier thanks to guidelines projected onto the display screen. Get it by adding $950 to the bottom line. Then there’s the Driver Assistance Plus pack, which throws in goodies like Active Driving Assistant, Active Blind Spot Detection, Side and Top View Cameras, and Speed Limit Info, all of which help you keep tabs on potential hazards, be they other vehicles or pedestrians. Pricing on this one is $1,700. Finally, there’s the Lighting Package, which throws in Adaptive LED headlights and automatic high beams for $1,900. Both the NHTSA and IIHS have yet to post crash ratings for the 4 Series Convertible.

In the Mercedes camp, the C-Class gets tons of standard safety goodies. There’s Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which will assist in braking and even apply the binders autonomously when detecting a potential frontal collision. There’s also Crosswind Assist, which will counteract the effect of “lateral gusts,” such as from a passing truck. Blind Spot Assist and a rearview camera are also standard, while options include Cross-Traffic Assist, automatic braking with pedestrian recognition, ABS, and a surround view system are extra. Like the Bimmer and Audi, both the NHTSA and IIHS have yet to give the C-Class Cabriolet AMG C43 a crashworthiness rating.

At the end of the day, I’m partial to the wide variety of safety and convenience features offered by Audi. The Merc is also a strong contender in this area, but the Audi seems to have a greater diversity of systems, while also leading with more advanced systems as well.

Prices

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The new Audi S5 Cabriolet will hit German and European dealers next March, starting at 67,800 euros ($74,876 at current exchange rates).

In the U.S., pricing will probably be a little lower, starting at $64,000, give or take a few grand. That price will reflect a modest rise in MSRP (the previous generation started at $61,000).

The Competition

The BMW 4 Series Convertible starts at $50,300 for the base model 430i with RWD. However, if you’re gonna step up to the S5, you’re gonna want the more powerful 440i and its six-cylinder goodness. That starts at $57,300, while xDrive AWD adds an extra $2,000 for $59,300.

Meanwhile, the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet starts at $50,900 for the base model C300 with RWD, while the AWD-equipped C300 4Matic starts at $52,900. But you’re gonna need speed to hang with the S5, which means you’ll instead want the AMG C43, starting at $60,400.

Other Options

Truth be told, there isn’t a whole lot out there if you’re looking for a quick two-door compact drop-top loaded with luxury. Basically, in this segment, you’re stuck with something from Germany, as outlined throughout this review.

That said, if you’re willing to be a little flexible, there are a few sporty convertibles out there that might tickle your fancy. The luxury, refinement, and brand appeal might not be up to par, but the performance certainly is.

Ford Mustang Convertible

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The Blue Oval just revealed its new 2018 pony car, and with the coupe arrives the convertible. Updates include freshened engine options, such as a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-banger, but we think the 5.0-liter V-8 is more appropriate. Routing the power to the rear is a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The styling is new as well, while the suspension gains fancy MagneRide components that complement the car’s recent changeover to an independent set-up in the rear. To keep it comfortable, look for options like leather upholstery, adaptive cruise control, voice-activated navigation, and upgraded infotainment. Pricing starts at $30,685.

Read the full review here.

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

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Chevy introduced the new sixth-gen Camaro last year, matching Ford blow for blow in the battle for muscle car supremacy. As such, the Convertible arrives with three engine options – a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 275 horsepower, a 3.6-liter V-6 with 335 horsepower, or a 6.2-liter with 455 horsepower. Both a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic are on the table for transmission options. Outside, the Camaro looks bold and mean, while the cabin can be optioned with goodies like premium carpeting, a Bose sound system, and a remote vehicle starter. Standard features include electronic cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, and a rear-facing camera. Pricing starts at $31,905.

Read the full review here.

Conclusion

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The S5 does an excellent job of mixing luxury, clean styling, and performance into a single package, and this generational update for the 2017 model year seems to enhance each of those characteristics. In particular, I’d love to see a performance test that pits this thing against its nearest competitors, because something tells me it would do quite well.

The only issue I see happens to be quite glaring – the pricing. Sure, it’s quick, but performance enthusiasts don’t necessarily gravitate towards convertible models, and while more power is almost always a good thing, I wouldn’t be surprised if BMW and Mercedes end up attracting more customers.

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    • * Understated styling for the performance level
    • * Might be too expensive for the segment

Press Release

Photo Credit: Audi

The premiere of the new Audi A5 Cabriolet* completes the new generation of the A5 family. Up to four people can enjoy intense driving pleasure on board the open-top mid-sized model. The fully automatic acoustic hood opens and closes up to a speed of 50 km/h (31.1 mph). In the Audi S5 Cabriolet* a new six-cylinder turbocharged engine developing 354 hp and 500 Nm (368.8 lb-ft) of torque ensures top performance.

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Striking shoulder line, classic soft top: the exterior
The designers went with the sleek lines of the Coupé for the styling of the new Audi A5 Cabriolet. The rear window is now flatter and emphasizes the sporty looks, as do the short overhangs and the long wraparound hood with power dome. With a length of 4,673 millimeters (15.3 ft), the new A5 Cabriolet is 47 millimeters (1.9 in) longer than the predecessor model.

The classic soft top fits perfectly and delivers outstanding aeroacoustics thanks to effective insulation. The new one-touch opening function makes operating the standard acoustic hood much easier: Just a quick pull of the switch is all it takes to open the soft top fully automatically in 15 seconds or close it in 18 seconds – even while driving up to 50 km/h (31.1 mph).

The front is dominated by a three-dimensional Singleframe grille which is much flatter and wider than before. The wave-shaped shoulder line – a hallmark styling feature of the entire A5 family – makes the A5 Cabriolet extremely elegant. The pronounced bulges over the wheel arches accentuate the quattro DNA. Horizontal lines at the rear emphasize the width of the new Audi A5 Cabriolet, which at the same time is slightly narrower than the predecessor.

The third brake light is elegantly integrated into the surrounding trim strip of the hood compartment cover. LED rear lights and optional LED or Matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn signals at the front and rear make high-end technology visible even after dark.

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Strong package: the chassis
The wide track and the long wheelbase measuring 2,765 millimeters (108.9 in) are key features of the balanced, sporty suspension tuning. The track width is 1,587 millimeters (62.5 in) at the front and 1,568 millimeters (61.7 in) at the rear. An updated five-link suspension is used on the front axle. At the rear, a five-link construction replaces the trapezoidal-link suspension used on the previous model. Adaptive dampers are available as an option. They are incorporated into the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system and allow the driver to choose between a highly dynamic or comfortable driving experience. The newly developed electromechanical power steering offers good feedback from the road and greater steering precision. Optionally available is dynamic steering, which varies its gear ratio depending on the speed and steering angle.

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Lighter and torsionally stiffer: the body
The body of the new Audi A5 Cabriolet is the stiffest in its class and yet is among the lightest in the segment. Thanks to a smart mix of materials and geometric lightweight design, the engineers have increased the good torsional stiffness of the predecessor model by another 40 percent. All of which makes the Cabriolet’s handling even more agile. The total weight of the new generation is reduced by up to 40 kilograms (88.2 lb). The front-wheel-drive A5 Cabriolet with the 190 hp 2.0 TDI weighs 1,690 kilograms (3725.8 lb).

Additional struts in the body compared with the Coupé and reinforced sills make up for the absence of a fixed roof. In the event of a crash and rollover, head-thorax side airbags and automatically extending aluminum profiles ensure the occupants’ safety.

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Wide lineup: engines and drivetrain
There is initially a choice of three engines for the new Audi A5 Cabriolet in Germany – a 2.0 TFSI with 185 kW (252 hp), a 2.0 TDI with 140 kW (190 hp) and a 3.0 TDI with 160 kW (218 hp). Following the market introduction, a 2.0 TFSI with 140 kW (190 hp) and a 3.0 TDI with 210 kW (286 hp) will join the lineup. Compared with the previous model, the engines offer

up to 17 percent more power while consuming as much as 22 percent less fuel. All the engines combine high efficiency with sporty power development and smooth running – especially the two 3.0 TDI six-cylinder engines.

Six-speed manual transmission, seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission or eight-speed tiptronic – tailor-made drivetrain technology is available for every engine version. The drive is provided as standard via the front wheels; quattro drive with ultra technology and permanent all-wheel drive are available as options. The latter comes as standard for the 3.0 TDI with 210 kW (286 hp).

The Audi S5 Cabriolet is moving into a whole new league with its newly developed 3.0 TFSI. From its 2,995 cc of displacement, the boosted six-cylinder engine produces 260 kW (354 hp) of power – 15 kW (21 hp) more than the engine in the previous model. The top model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.1 seconds, and on up to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). It features quattro permanent all-wheel drive and the eight-speed tiptronic as standard.

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Spacious and functional: the interior
The increased dimensions, the wheelbase extended by 14 millimeters (0.6 in) and more compact seats increase the space for the driver and passengers. The shoulder room in the front row of seats has been increased by 26 millimeters (1.0 in) and the kneeroom in the rear by 18 millimeters (0.7 in).

The horizontal architecture of the instrument panel and the continuous air vent strip create a generous sense of space. High-grade materials, different colors and excellent workmanship ensure a very special feel-good atmosphere and underscore the premium character. As an option the ambient lighting with 30 adjustable colors creates a fitting mood for the interior.

With the hood closed the luggage compartment has a capacity of 380 liters (13.4 cu ft). The soft top compartment in the luggage compartment automatically moves down when opening the soft top and up again when the soft top is closed, thus providing the largest possible luggage space at all times. The rear seat has a 50:50 split and can be easily folded forward using levers in the luggage compartment. As standard the tailgate on the A5 Cabriolet now opens automatically – using the remote control key or the button in the driver’s door. Audi also installs gesture control for the tailgate as an option: A proximity sensor in the bumper responds to a kicking movement with the foot – the tailgate opens automatically once the optional convenience key is detected.

Seat belt microphones as standard: operation made easy
Thanks to the all-new operating and display concept including natural language voice control and free-text search, the driver can control all functions effortlessly and intuitively. Standard seat belt microphones for driver and front passenger improve voice quality even with the hood open. As an alternative to the analog instrument dials, there is the Audi virtual cockpit with various display options. The large, high-resolution TFT monitor measuring 12.3 inches presents richly detailed graphics. The optional head-up display projects all relevant information onto the windshield in the driver’s direct field of vision as easily comprehensible symbols and digits, thus enabling the driver to keep their eyes on the road.

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Top-class connectivity: infotainment and Audi connect
MMI navigation plus with MMI touch tops the infotainment range. Its 8.3-inch monitor has a resolution of 1,024 x 480 pixels. In addition to a DVD drive and a 10 GB flash memory, the high-end system also features two card readers, an AUX-IN connection and a USB connection with charging function.

An LTE module provides access to Audi connect online services – free of charge for three years. The first five map updates for the navigation system are also free of charge. The media hub also comes with a Wi-Fi hotspot which connects passengers’ mobile devices to the World Wide Web.

The Audi smartphone interface integrates iOS and Android cellphones in an environment specially developed for them in the MMI. The Audi phone box connects smartphones to the on-board antenna to provide superior reception quality. It also charges the smartphone inductively, without any wires, using the Qi standard. The Bang & Olufsen Sound System features innovative 3D sound and further improved bass thanks to a second woofer. It opens up the spatial dimension of height and gives the driver the sense of sitting in a concert hall. Its amplifier supplies 755 watts of power in total to 19 loudspeakers.

Abundant support: the driver assistance systems
With up to 30 driver assistance systems, the new Audi A5 Cabriolet offers a broad range of support. An intelligent combination of different technologies enhances safety, comfort and efficiency. Meanwhile Audi is also taking the next step toward piloted driving.

Playing a central role here is the adaptive cruise control (ACC) Stop&Go system including traffic jam assist. It relieves drivers in slow-moving traffic up to speeds of 65 km/h (40.4 mph) by assuming the tasks of braking and accelerating the car, and it also temporarily takes charge of steering on better roads. The predictive efficiency assistant evaluates GPS information from the car’s immediate surroundings and helps to save fuel by giving specific driving advice – a unique feature in this segment.

Collision avoidance assist intervenes if the car needs to drive around an obstacle to avoid an accident. Based on data from the front camera, ACC and radar sensors, it computes a recommended driving line within a fraction of a second. The lineup is rounded out by other assistance systems such as turn assist, park assist, rear cross traffic assist, exit warning, camera-based recognition of traffic signs, Audi active lane assist and Audi side assist.

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Pampering program: the equipment
The Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet come with an especially wide range of equipment. Standard features include xenon headlights, the Audi drive select dynamic handling system and partial leather seats. Intuitive, ergonomic operation comes courtesy of the Audi MMI radio plus with 7-inch color display, seat belt microphones and the one-touch opening function for the soft top. The new lines concept with various equipment packages enhances the scope for individual design expression.

The new Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolet will be in dealerships in Germany and other European countries in March 2017. The A5 Cabriolet starts at EUR 49,350. The price for the S5 Cabriolet is EUR 67,800.

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