What is it?
Audi’s A5 cabriolet has had a mid-life refresh along with its metal-topped cousins, and while the cosmetic nip and tuck requires an educated eye to identify, under the folding cloth top the developments are altogether more fundamental.
With Audi’s latest 3.0 TDI engine joining the range, the case for big petrol power is diminished, so out goes the old 3.2-litre naturally aspirated V6 and in comes a newly detuned version of the supercharged 3.0-litre V6, best known for its appearance in various Audi ‘S’ models.
In this form it develops 268bhp.Hooked up to a standard seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox, it promises strong performance and, thanks to automatic stop-start and other eco-optimisation, improved fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures.
What's it like?
It’s an effective if charmless engine, with a broad spread of torque that overcomes the cabriolet’s near-two-tonne kerb weight.
Unfortunately, some minor revisions to the suspension and the latest version of the quattro centre differential are not enough to improve the A5’s dynamics. It’s easily distracted by undulations and changes in surface, while at the same time struggling over smaller bumps, and a switch to electromechanical steering has made the steering even more remote than before.