Audi RS 5 Cabriolet 2013: Launch Review

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Audi RS

5 Cabriolet 2013: Review

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Fast, strong and good What could possibly go

It’s hard to believe Quattro division nearly build this car. It seems so ridiculously obvious now it’s difficult to question the they were making then.

There is the RS 5 coupe, has sold exceptionally well the world and is designed for people who a fast, fabulous-sounding coupe handles securely, if not excitingly.

It on the back of the A5 coupe, which spawned the A5 Cabriolet. The odd part of the is that Audi’s bean didn’t want to build an RS of the Cabriolet. It became a back project, ushered and protected and by a select handful in Audi’s team, along with complicit honchos over at

By the time the board saw the car, it was too advanced and looked too much a sure thing to put a kybosh on it. And so it is.

It runs a familiar powertrain, Audi’s direct-injection, 4.2-litre V8 up its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in the and two clever differentials to split the to all four wheels.

The RS5 Cabriolet this up with the big wheels, the big and big speed, ripping to 100km/h in 4.9 and having enough raw speed to out to 280km/h – though it will be limited to 250km/h in most of the including Australia.


— Want a hint? inside the RS5 Coupe

There is here, and that includes While Audi hasn’t pricing on the RS5 Cabriolet, you could that sort of steps up in the range to continue, but that’s it gets complicated.

Audi doesn’t list the S5 in Australia, but it does have the V6 version at just on $100,000, or on the road. The V6 A5 Coupe is a $90,800 (in New South Wales, anyway) and it up about $45,000 as an S5 and then $25,000 on its way to becoming the $175,000 RS5

If that form holds in the Cabriolet world, our rough would put the RS 5 Cabriolet at around – $190,000. Of course, Australia has to say yes first and may take convincing about its necessity, but so did the bean counters.

A lot of rivals up at end of town end up equipment-rich by way of apologising for how the Federal Government is helping to charge you in the first place.

Not The RS 5 Coupe demands extra for some seemingly rudimentary gear like adaptive control, a sunroof, dynamic or even a memory function for the seats. Like it or not, a clear area for buyers to with their dealers, or for dealers to fill the Friday fridge if they don’t.

At the bits and pieces Audi’s division does provide are bits, with a 10-speaker system, iPhone and Bluetooth a three-zone air conditioner, a proximity satnav and parking sensors at ends.

Before too many go out about equipment, though, throws in its terrific Audi Select system, which the steering, throttle mapping, suspension damping, skid rear differential and gearshift together into handy You just click the Car button and the MMI knob between Comfort, Dynamic and Individual and you can expect the car to the sort of character that with what you need.

The wheel and tyre package give you 19-inch boots with Quattro having a for Dunlop rubber. There is a impost for 20-inch footwear on the and don’t expect that to much in the Cabriolet.

You’ll also be able to the anchors from the standard steel units to a bigger unit, but you’ll only be to stick the lighter discs on the end.


— Rev grip harder

Hand in Hungary by the same folks who the spanners on the R8 V8 and V10 power plants, the motor is noted for high smooth power delivery and its engine note.

There is, of direct fuel injection to the go juice inside the under cylinders and it all results in 331kW of at 8250rpm. Yep, they’re the of revs you expect out of supercars. not out of flat-six Porsche supercars, but much all the other ones count.

And then it continues on to a rev at 8500rpm.

Before it gets though, there is 430Nm of arriving at 4000rpm and finally off its plateau at 6000rpm.

All up, then the punches out 79.5kW/litre and is helped to end by a 12.5:1 compression ratio, so about bunging cheap in it.

There is a whole bunch of stuff inside it, too, forged connecting rods, alloy pistons and a forged spinning in an aluminium-silicon alloy

Plenty has been written Audi’s seven-speed dual-clutch before, but it’s effectively two sitting in the same casing. while one gear is locked in and the differentials, the next one up the ladder is engaged and spinning – it’s that it’s “freewheeling” that side of the gearbox have its clutch engaged. the time comes to change it’s a simple (and and fast) matter of just the sliding one clutch in the and the other one

But if this is some piece of the crown gear centre is a ripper. It’s a self-locking that comes with vectoring and can shift either 70 per of the torque to the front end or 85 per cent to the end or anything in between.

If there’s no call for any special 60 per cent of the torque goes to the wheels, where it encounters electronically-controlled sports differential in the RS5 Cabriolet).

This all rides lower than the standard A5 on a five-link front end, a rear, stiffer springs, and anti-roll bars and stiffer mounts. There is electro-mechanical too

Inside each front is a 365mm x 34mm disc combines a lighter wave-formed edge with a cast-iron surface that attaches to its hats by stainless-steel pins. has dipped into its parts bin and back out with the same monobloc alloy front as Lamborghini uses on the Gallardo, so you it stops.

The rear brakes are with 324mm x 22mm discs and only single-piston calipers.

There is a carbon disc set available for the front end (bizarrely, we would have and it’s even bigger, a 380mm disc and purpose-built calipers with even rigidity than the eight-piston

Of course, the roof system under “Mechanical” too, and down in 15 seconds and back up in 17 seconds. And you can mess around both directions at up to 50km/h.

all stacks on the kilos, though. the RS 5 Coupe is a 1715kg proposition, the is, astonishingly, more than heavier.

Still, 1920kg better in the 1880kg context of the A5 because it gets bigger tyres, brakes, engine, diffs and more luxury for But it’s a lot to move around.

why it only posts a combined fuel economy figure of and CO2 emissions of 249 grams, I suppose. a 61-litre tank, that’s to limit your touring


— A pretty place to be

If Audi interiors set the for fit, finish, materials and switchgear, then Quattro all of this and lifts it again.

The RS5 gets plusher, more leather, some hints of gloss and stiffer side but that’s about as much as it with the A5 Cabriolet’s interior. I why would they?

Inside the there’s enough room in the seats for most people, at for shorter trips, and the cloth doesn’t impact your headspace.

It’s a little outside, where it gets its own front splitter, a bigger and huge air intakes on either of the grille to keep the tautly V8 chilled to a comfy 90-odd Once you get past its menacing RS 5 the eye then takes you to its blistered arches before finishing on its exhaust tips and subtle lip on the boot.

Of course, it loses boot capacity compared to the which is one of the inevitabilities of folding roofs. You get a workable 380 litres the roof is closed, but that to 320 litres, when your are sharing real estate half an acre of fancy


Audi RS

— Crashable, as go

As with most Audis up high in price, there’s of crash kit here. The standard A5 delivered plenty and the RS 5 version it all over.

Besides the security of differentials and half a forest of there is a stability control that you can adjust for the kind of you want to do.

In short, if you ever got into trouble with car, you don’t deserve to be


— Fast, and charming

You know you’re day isn’t to be that bad when you fire engine up first thing in the And it goes a long way towards clean an awful day when you it home at night.

It fires up and fast, with a big blip on the before settling into an that never sounds even-tempered, but always feels it.

is a smoothness that overlays about this engine and it whether it’s at idle, it’s climbing through its band or whether it’s off it 8500rpm rev limiter. It’s not to be for softness, because that’s not the RS5 Cabriolet is about.

It’s of deep, throaty burbles, rumbles and gear-change pops. And it more than enough to make the heavy convertible faster than it has any right to.

A self-shifting gearbox should be seen nor heard, and it’s the invisibility of the seven-speed unit in the that shines. It does it can to make every other mate look good, the engine.

In the Audi Drive Comfort setting, the shifts through like the best boxes, but in the Dynamic modes it them through, with the bubbling like a boiling then follows with a blip on each down

It’s even better in mode, where it takes a thought before it does bidding, though the Dynamic shifts just about you would have anyway.

there’s the ride, which changes from a cosseting at odds with its tyre and engine burble to brilliantly in its Dynamic mode.

Over the alpine roads of France, we it over to Individual, set it up to automatically the damping but to have every setting in Dynamic mode. setup left the suspension to its way across the bumps while the exhaust, throttle mapping and control did its thing, keeping all the but giving the driver none of the vertical hits the roads intent on delivering.

It’s also quick to see there has been plenty of below decks to stiffen the because you barely ever anything but rock solid from the core of the machine.

It all up to a handling package that is as entertaining as the RS5 Coupe, just slower.

You can throw the RS 5 Cabriolet at bends and the skid control even let it slide around on its winter tyres, though it let it get out of control. Just enough for you to

The other part to this is you can feel the rear diff to grip each stone so on the way out of corners to deliver as much as possible.

All the while, it’s fast and comfortable.

The brakes do it a bit up here in the mountains, though. are a lot of kilograms here and on steep sections you can almost count all of We managed to get the brake pedal to go on us on descents, though ours the steel anchors (not the ceramics) and not many people push it as hard as we did.

But about the limit of our genuine and it’s a criticism that occurs when you drop from 2000 metres to sea in a matter of minutes – not something happens often in Australia.

it gives you far more speed and than the standard A5 Cabriolet taking away any of the comfort, or chassis integrity.

Apart begging Audi to bring it there’s not much more you can ask for a four-door convertible.

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Published. 19 December 2012

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