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    December 2, 2008


    Source: Audi AG

    Key Points Summary

  • The A5 product line is now expanded to include Cabriolet models with three powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains (2.0 TFSI 4 cylinder, 3.2 FSI V6, 3.0 TFSI V6 with supercharged technology).
  • A5 Cabriolet features ground-breaking soft top technology for elegant styling, superior room and storage space, and superb driving dynamics.
  • Unique 50/50 split rear folding seats allows maximum storage flexibility
  • Audi Drive Select (adjustable engine/throttle mapping, suspension damping, and dynamic steering) is a benchmark in the segment and industry.
  • New optional quattroSport rear differential enhances agility.
  • USA market launch for A5/S5 Cabriolet is Fall 2009, as 2010 model year.
  • A5/S5 Cabriolet replaces the A4/S4 Cabriolet.

    Design

  • A5/S5 Cabriolet interior and exterior distinctive features include:

    New rear LED lighting

    Sport seats with unique interior color offerings

    Cloth convertible top features Audi Acoustic Roof technology for a quite interior.
  • Typical Audi interior design is modern and sophisticated, with clear attention to detail, including 1 liter bottle holders in each door.
  • S5 Aluminum-optic exterior accents include front and rear diffuser blades, mirror housings, and four exhaust pipes.

    Dynamics

  • Modular Longitudinal Chassis architecture is the foundation for a benchmark sport sedan.

    Extensive use of new ultra-high-strength steels increase rigidity of the body while also reducing weight.

    Repositioned clutch / torque-converter allows more forward position of front axle.
  • Better agility and turn in
  • Better axle load distribution
  • Shorter front overhang
  • Longer wheelbase = more comfortable ride

    Repositioned steering rack, lower and closer to the wheel carriers lowers center of gravity and provides more direct steering control/feedback.

    Sporty proportions and muscular stance enhanced due to longer, wider, and lower dimensions.

    Reduced front overhang adds to visual sportiness.

    Powertrain and Performance

  • The following power train configurations are offered in USA:
  • A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI specifications

    FSI direct injection with turbocharging

    Audi Valvelift System

    211 hp – 258 lb-ft torque

    quattro® all-wheel drive (standard with 40/60 rear biased torque split) or FrontTrak front-wheel drive

    Tiptronic 6 speed automatic transmission for quattro model or Multitronic continuously variable transmission for the FrontTrak model

    Top speed 130 mph
  • A5 Cabriolet 3.2 FSI V6 specifications:

    FSI direct injection

    Audi Valvelift System

    265 hp – 243 lb-ft torque

    quattro all-wheel drive with 40/60 rear torque bias

    Tiptronic 6 speed automatic transmission

    Top speed 130 mph
  • S5 Cabriolet 3.0 TFSI supercharged V6 specifications:

    S5 Coupe manual and 6-speed Tiptronic 354 hp / 325 lb-ft V8 continue for another year through the end of model year 2010; 2011 S5 Coupe will have 3.0 TFSI supercharger with 333 hp / 325 lb-ft, and manual and 7-speed S tronic transmissions.

    FSI direct injection with intercooled supercharger

    333hp – 325 lb-ft

    quattro® all-wheel drive with 40/60 rear torque bias

    S tronic 7 speed double-clutch automatic transmission

    Top speed 155 mph
  • Latest generation of quattro® all-wheel drive is employed, with asymmetric rear-biased torque split (40% front / 60% rear under nominal conditions).
  • S5 Cabriolet only: New available quattroSport rear differential dynamically varies torque between the rear wheels.
  • Fuel economy is significantly improved over A4 Cabriolet .

    Innovations

  • Rear 50/50 split folding seats in A5/S5 Cabriolet (not available with competitors)
  • Cloth convertible top for elegant styling, superior interior and storage space, and low weight penalty (for better driving dynamics)
  • New head-level heating system with heated/cooled front seats
  • MMI operating logic standard with central display screen
  • Audi Drive Select – varies the engine, transmission, steering, and suspension damping characteristics to suit the driver’s preferences
  • Audi Intelligent Key – stores service information in the key
  • Advanced Key keyless entry and starting
  • Bluetooth hands-free telephone interface
  • Bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights
  • Audi Parking System rear with rearview camera
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Hard-drive-based Navigation system with Audi third-generation MMI.
  • Audi Side Assist lane change assistant
  • Bang & Olufsen 505W sound system

    Launch Timing and Pricing

  • World auto show debut is Geneva auto show in March, 2009
  • USA A5/S5 Cabriolet with all mentioned engine/transmission combinations goes on sale in Fall 2009 (as a 2010 model year vehicles).
  • U.S. pricing to be announced later.






    Resources:

  • Photo Galleries: A5 Cabriolet & S5 Cabriolet
  • Related Content: The Audi A5 / S5 Cabriolet – the Joy of Open-Top Driving
  • A5 / S5 Discussion Forum







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