A4 drop-top axed in favour of A5 Cabriolet
3 December 2008

The Audi A4 Cabriolet will be replaced with a drop-top version of the Audi A5. It has also added an S5 soft-top to the range and replaced the S’s V8 engine with the new supercharged V6 from the recently launched S4.

The Audi A5 Cabriolet uses a traditional fabric roof rather than a folding metal hard-top; the new unit takes 15 seconds to open and 17 seconds to close. The cloth roof helps to preserve boot space, leaving 320 litres when folded; that’s 135 litres down on the coupé.

The Audi A5 Cabriolet is available with a choice of five engines: three petrols and two diesels. A pair of 2.0-litre petrol TFSI units produce 178bhp/236lb ft and 208bhp/258lb ft. There’s also a 3.2-litre V6 that puts out 261bhp and 243lb ft.

Both diesels are V6s; one is a version of the 3.0-litre engine, with 237bhp and 367lb ft, and the other, a 2.7, has 187bhp and 295lb ft.

All petrol engines are available with a CVT gearbox, while a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch ’box is an option on the higher-output 2.0 TFSI and the V6. The 3.0-litre diesel comes with S-tronic as standard.

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The S5’s supercharged V6 puts out 328bhp and 324lb ft, allowing the car to reach 62mph in 5.6sec. This engine will also replace the S5 coupé’s V8 next year. S-tronic and four-wheel drive are standard, and a sport differential is an option.

There’s no UK pricing from Audi yet, but on the Continent the base four-cylinder petrol car starts at €37,300, equivalent to £31,485. That’s close to what the car will cost when it goes on sale here in late spring next year.

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3 December 2008

Not much you can say really:

Good build? Check.

Goatee grille? Check.

Bling lights? Check.

All very predictable, very Audi.

3 December 2008

Makes sense for them to brand it as an A5 instead of an A4.

As Quattro369 has said, the rest of it is very predicable, if not a little uninspiring.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

3 December 2008

[quote Autocar]There’s no UK pricing from Audi yet, but on the Continent the base four-cylinder petrol car starts at €37,300, equivalent to £31,485. That’s close to what the car will cost when it goes on sale here in late spring next year.[/quote]

That euro price given is the German price according to audi.de. It includes 19% German VAT. So, assuming the UK hasn't gone completely t1ts up come next Spring the price in UK going by £1=€1.185 should be less than £31,485, more round £30,400(@15% VAT).

9 December 2008

[quote horseandcart]

[quote Autocar]There’s no UK pricing from Audi yet, but on the Continent the base four-cylinder petrol car starts at €37,300, equivalent to £31,485. That’s close to what the car will cost when it goes on sale here in late spring next year.[/quote]

That euro price given is the German price according to audi.de. It includes 19% German VAT. So, assuming the UK hasn't gone completely t1ts up come next Spring the price in UK going by £1=€1.185 should be less than £31,485, more round £30,400(@15% VAT).

[/quote]

I wish it was that simple. For some strange reason, the robbing sods always charge a fair bit more for the cars sold over here.

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