2014 Audi RS 5 convertible review | first drive | carsguide.com.au

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2014 Audi RS 5 convertible | first drive

The power and the – Audi’s new RS 5 Cabriolet. Gallery

Alistair Kennedy tests and reviews the new 2014 RS 5 convertible with specs, economy and verdict.

Audi has a convertible version of its sports RS 5 to the that was launched here in 2010. Like its hardtop the RS 5 Cabriolet is produced by Audi#39;s arm, quattro GmbH, the of Holden#39;s HSV . Mercedes-Benz’s AMG . etc.

All quattro GmbH models the #39;R#39; prefix and, as the suggests, all come with quattro all-wheel drive. The signifies the model is even than the straight #39;R#39;.

The new RS 5 Cabriolet sells for $175,900. At the time the price of the RS 5 Coupe has cut by $5500, to $155,900. On-road have to be added, consult Audi dealer about

The RS 5 is distinctly Audi with the widemouth grille to the fore. against the current trend of hardtops the RS 5 Cabriolet uses a roof which, while it appeal to the motoring purist, detract from its appearance in the of some. With the roof however, Cabriolet comes its own as a superbly stylish and elegant


Power from an upgraded version of naturally-aspirated 4.2-litre V8 that loved since it arrived under the bonnet of the RS 4 sedan and wagon in 2006. It’s a unit with peak of 331 kW holding out until 8250 rpm and 430 Nm 4000 and 6000 rpm. to 100 km/h can be reached in 4.9 seconds, half a second slower the coupe.

That’s partly due to the extra of the open-top car, but aerodynamics may into it as well.

Power is to the road via Audi’s seven-speed S dual-clutch transmission with an Sport settings. There’s no option although there is the of shifting manually via steering mounted paddles. Audi’s select system allows the to select between three comfort, auto and dynamic.

An fourth mode is available allows the driver to adjust characteristics, the transmission, accelerator and system.

The quattro permanent drive system features new self-locking crown-gear centre that can vary the distribution of between the front and rear in a split-second. As much as 70 per cent of can be directed to the front axle, or as as 85 per cent to the rear with a ratio of 60/40 in favour of the

Given its sporty styling, to the Audi RS 5 is relatively easy for occupants, even those nimble days are well them; given the car’s these are likely to be a large of buyers. The large doors do some help for rear access although they are a in restricted parking spaces, problems even for those into the front seats.

both the RS 5 Cabriolet and Coupe four seats, rear is limited with tall in the front seat but otherwise Although the rear seat is a the two individual seats are sculpted in plenty of thigh and side The interior of the lightweight textile top contains a 15 mm layer of foam to exterior noise.

According to Audi to this the interior sound level the same as the coupe.

It takes 15 to open the roof and 17 seconds to it. When down, the soft top boot space by 60 litres an acceptable 320 litres available. the roof down and the rear folded there’s up to 750 litres of which is more than for a couple’s long holiday


The RS 5 Cabriolet is the first model to get the new Audi Connect Optional at $800 it provides connection from a smartphone its own WiFi hot spot. As well as passengers to access the ‘net it functional services the most being providing Google Map including Street View, the satellite navigation system.

Unfortunately our test drive of the coincided with temperatures in the and smoke from the bushfires circled Sydney so apart a brief test of the roof process we had the roof in place The high-revs give it a real feel and this was matched by road grip and handling on the hills and bends of the old Pacific south of Gosford.

Of course V8 are not just about power. For the enthusiast it’s that throaty burble that them drool and without a roof in place to dull the in the Audi RS 5 convertible it becomes more enjoyable. We found the to be a little on the harsh side, on some poorly-maintained road

The dual-clutch transmission is intuitive left in auto with coming in at just the right

Fuel consumption is listed at litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle. Our test was predominantly on and rural roads, with all too few for vigorous driving, and we found only using around L/100 km.

The Audi RS 5 Cabriolet is a car to drive belying the traditional image of the open top car.

RS 5 convertible

Price: from

Engine: 4.2-litre V8, 331kW/430Nm

7-speed S tronic dual-clutch, AWD


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