Audi launches new A5 Cabriolet in Australia
Audi's A4 cabriolet was rated "poor" in rear-end crash
testing, just like the current BMW 3-Sereies convertible. Our Editor is keen to see the crash test results for
the new Audi A5 cabriolet.
17th August, 2009
Audi’s new drop-top A5 has arrived in Australia,
offering authentic convertible styling with a choice of three sporty engines, quattro all wheel
drive and S tronic transmission as standard.
Joining the A5 Coupe, this brand new four-seater convertible with classic fabric roof combines its
distinctly sporty character with the added benefit of open-top driving, high levels of comfort and
Efficient turbo-diesel and petrol engines, agile suspension and a wide range of high-end options
combine to make Audi’s all-new Cabriolet the most attractive convertible in its class. Like most of
Audi’s range, the new A5 Cabriolet also leads the way in efficiency, and importantly for a
convertible, offers best-in-class luggage capacity.
Audi’s managing director, Joerg Hofmann, says the new A5 Cabriolet will appeal to customers who
appreciate the stylish design of the coupe model, yet who also want the added engagement of top-down
“Cabriolets are typically emotional vehicles because they offer the experience of open-air
driving. When combined with best-in-class dynamics, strong and efficient engine choices and a sporty
transmission, we are certain that this new convertible model will find favour in Australia,” Mr
“The A5 Coupe has been very successful to-date and we expect this version to have a similar
loyal following which will have a positive impact on our sales results.”
The engine range starts with the brand’s multi-award-winning 4-cylinder 2.0 TFSI engine with an
output of 155 kW and 350 Nm of torque, followed by the top-of-the-range V6 3.2 FSI petrol engine with
a whopping 195 kW and 330 Nm. Both petrol engines combine direct fuel injection with the innovative
Audi Valve-lift System AVS for better economy.
Typically for Audi, a vigorous TDI engine is also available in the form of the brand’s brilliant
3.0 TDI V6 engine with 176 kW and a massive 500 Nm. This extraordinary engine is not only Luxury Car
Tax-reduced thanks to low fuel consumption of just 6.8 litres/100 km but is also extremely sporty,
sprinting from 0 – 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds.
All engines are matched to the sporty 7-speed dual clutch S tronic transmission and class-leading
The exterior silhouette of the new A5 Cabriolet is elegant, yet sporty, with sculpted body surfaces
and a clear relationship to the A5 Coupe-styling. Short front overhangs, expansive wheel-base and
coupe-like height ensure this convertible offers dynamic looks as well as dynamic performance.
Ultra-high-strength steel and selective reinforcements of the body ensure high rigidity.
Like all Audi convertibles, the open-top A5 has a classic lightweight fabric roof with a flat clear
glass window that shouts dynamic elegance. The light weight of a fabric roof offers clear efficiency
benefits due to lower consumption. The fully automatic roof opens in just 15 seconds, faster than all
competitors, and when opened, it folds down so effectively that very little boot space is sacrificed.
A total of 320 litres is available for luggage, even with the roof down, and the diagonal loading
length of 392 mm means large equipment can also be stowed - clearly the best values in its field of
With the rear seats folded down, the A5 Cabriolet can swallow up to 750 litres of luggage. The roof
can also be opened at speeds of up to 50 km/h.
The A5 Cabriolet seats four adults comfortably. The electric front seats are sportily-low and
sculpted for perfect ergonomics, offering excellent control and support. Standard-fit electric seat
belt extenders provide assistance with fastening the belts. Integrated into the B-pillars, they move
forward automatically when the ignition is activated.
Another special feature is the standard Milano leather upholstery with a heat-resistant coating
that is especially useful when the A5 Cabriolet is parked in the sun with the top down. This ‘heat-up
resistance’ function reflects the warming infrared radiation and thus lowers the surface temperature
by up to 20 degrees Celsius.
A new luxury option available is neck-level heating. A three-level adjustable fan blows warm air
through ducts on the topside of the seatback to warm the back of the head and the neck.
Also optional for this new model is the Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system, enabling the
driver to chose among three different engine ‘maps’ which control damping, gearshift speed and the
characteristics of the fuel feed. From automatic, to comfort and sport, A5 Cabriolet drivers can
choose a setting to suit the mood of the moment, or the road ahead. Audi side assist and lane assist
are also available for this model.
The new Audi A5 Cabriolet is expected to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors. The brand
has offered a premium mid-sized convertible since 1991, with around 227,000 units sold to-date.
Audi A5 Cabriolet pricing
|Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic
|Audi A5 Cabriolet 3.0 TDI quattro S tronic
|Audi A5 Cabriolet 3.2 FSI quattro S tronic
NOTE: Price displayed is manufacturer’s recommended price including LCT and GST
(excluding dealer delivery charges and statutory charges).