What is it?
A halo car for the A5 range, the brawny Audi RS5 cabriolet is a four-seat convertible that blends premium exterior and interior looks with prodigious performance and four-wheel-drive versatility.
The drop-top RS5 is powered by Ingolstadt’s gloriously meaty, hand-built 4.2-litre V8 (naturally aspirated – increasingly rare in this age of turbocharging) and produces the same 444bhp and 317lb ft as the Audi RS5 coupé.
The engine is mated to a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission, while Audi’s quattro four-wheel drive technology transfers that power to the road.
In place of the RS5 coupé’s metal roof there’s a three-layer fabric hood that retracts in 15sec at the press of a button and unfurls back into place in 17sec, all at speeds of up to 31mph.
Exterior upgrades including bigger air intakes, bespoke bumpers and flared wheel arches give the RS5 a powerful stance to suit its power output.
In the cabin, there are Nappa leather sports seats offering good body support, a chunky, flat-bottomed steering wheel and the kind of quality fixtures and finishings on which Audi has built its reputation.