Convertibles are wonderful things, but it takes a certain type of individual to lớn appreciate the Audi RS5 cabriolet’s unique blkết thúc of open-air style, speed, và exclusivity. As one of only three ways remaining to enjoy the siren tuy nhiên of a naturally aspirated Audi V-8 (producing 450 horsepower here và in the RS5 coupe & 430 in the R8), it’s certainly not wanting for motivational or mechanical spirit. Mix in Hollywood good looks và the potential for top-down shenanigans, and you have sầu an alluring trifecta of motoring nirvana.
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Lots of Grip, A Few Gripes
It’s no secret that cutting the roof off a car, even one as stout as the Audi RS5 coupe, can have demonstrably negative sầu effects on vehicle dynamics. Modern engineering concepts & metallurgy have sầu somewhat mitigated the consequences, but liberating the A-pillars from the rest of the structure without contracting an unwanted case of the shakes is still a tricky business. We love the high cornering limits of the RS5 coupe, so we were pleased when the RS5 cabriolet matched the coupe’s 0.96-g stiông chồng on our skidpad, a clue that chassis stiffness hasn’t significantly deteriorated. And while almost any oto can be mix up to lớn produce maximum grip numbers, it’s the cabriolet’s—and coupe’s, for that matter—ability to transform itself from traông xã star lớn road car that earns it respect.
Partial credit for this dual-personality goes to Audi’s Drive Select system, which allows drivers khổng lồ select from Aukhổng lồ, Comfort, Dynamic, or Individual modes. In the latter, drivers can phối and match desired shift characteristics, throttle response, steering, and differential settings khổng lồ their liking. There’s no electronically adaptive sầu damping going on, however, just a finely honed RS5-specific suspension tune. Meaty 275/30Rđôi mươi Pirelli P Zero tires belie their massiveness form size, rarely tramlining and delivering the same solid, connected, và confidence-inspiring handling exhibited by the coupe over a variety of surfaces.
The variable-rate electronic power steering shared with the coupe offers linear response, & the front wheels follow steering inputs with ESP-like accuracy. Steering effort is weighty, but feedbaông xã is virtually nonexistent, with any tiny bits of information that vày make it back to lớn the driver arriving vague & encrypted.
A Kiông xã in the RS
All RS5s get a sport rear differential with electronically controlled torque vectoring inserted in the Quattro all-wheel-drive sầu set. The mặc định torque-split ratio is 40 percent front/60 rear, but it can vary anywhere from 70/30 to 15/85 as conditions dictate. The thiết lập is dialed & it welcomes liberal applications of throttle, almost daring you to lớn see how deep in the pedal you’ll go before the tires throw in the towel. Once the car is pointed straight, however, it simply digs in và takes off.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door convertible
PRICE AS TESTED: $89,320 (base price: $78,795)
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC V-8, 32-valve sầu, aluminum bloông chồng và heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 254 cu in, 4163 cc Power: 450 hp
TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode
DIMENSIONS:Wheelbase: 108.3 inLength: 183 inWidth: 73.2 in Height: 54.3 inCurb weight: 4453 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:Zero to 60 mph: 4.3 secZero khổng lồ 100 mph: 10.3 secZero to 1đôi mươi mph: 15.1 secRolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.3 secTop gear, 30-50 mph: 2.7 secTop gear, 50-70 mph: 3.4 secStanding ¼-mile: 12.7 sec
111 mphTop speed (governor-limited): 174 mph (mfr est) Braking, 70-0 mph: 155 ftRoadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.96 g
FUEL ECONOMY:EPA city/highway: 16/22 mpgC/D observed: trăng tròn mpg*Stability-control-inhibited
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