Road Test 2010 Audi S5 Cabriolet: Maybe it's not all about you, but then, who cares? – National…

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Maybe girls are more, um, outgoing Or perhaps we’re just more handsome with Or maybe, just maybe, it had to do with the 2010 Audi S5 we were driving through that had the coeds calling vocally expressing admiration.

the latter is probably true.

On the hand, being behind the of that Audi high convertible isn’t a complete

To the contrary, driving al fresco in the S5 S5 quattro S-Tronic Cabriolet on one of the temperate days of autumn is an experience. The S5 is, as its name suggests, a extreme version of the A5, itself as a two-door coupe and convertible. The with the thickly padded and fabric roof, is what’s called a cabriolet.

And as either as S5 or A5 Cabriolet, it’s new for 2010.

between A5 and S5 coupes and cabriolets is a function of engines, with suspension and other factors off what’s under the hood. the A5 Coupe is available with a turbocharged direct-injection four or a direct-injection V6. The A5 Cabriolet is offered with the two-liter turbo

The S5 Coupe, on the other hand, is by a 4.2-liter direct-injection V-8, the S5 Cabriolet–the subject of our road only with a new supercharged V-6.

Scroll down for the gallery for more views of the Audi S5 Cabriolet.

What the Coupe/Cabriolet share is a design more flow than Audi models, with a line that arcs up large single frame grille. A double crested line sweeps from to rear. The interior is a more version of the typically classy interior, the character of the exterior over to the interior.

The satin-finished panel trim arches a bright metal door repeating the curves from the skins outside.

The touch are soft, and even surfaces not touched are soft as well, as the supple leather of the shifter The door armrest, the center and the other more obvious are ultra-soft touch as well.

Our S5 Cabrio also came distinctive red-on-black seats and panels. plus red stitching on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, a combination that drew from even our resident grumps.

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The cabrio top as charming, however. Perhaps it was the of high contrast black-over-white on our test car, but the curves of the top, plus the angle the top and the rear deck, aren’t as successful, for example, as the Maserati Convertible. At least the fabric top under its hard tonneau in seconds, and can do so–or come up–at speeds up to 30 mph. (We have done that on but that might have the coeds over the top. so to

Coeds might not care, but the top means our Audi S5 Cabrio had a cu. ft. trunk and even more, has rear seats for even toteworthiness.

Audi calls the Cabriolet a four-seater. We’d two-plus-two. It’s not that the seats aren’t big enough.

just very little without major concessions those in the front seats. unfortunate because the rear are well bolstered, though not as as the front seats, but would lateral support in curves, the front seats do.

The three-layer top provides a snug and interior. It usually requires a in the next lane to intrude on bliss. The top also includes LED seat reading lights in the which on our test car was black a diamond pattern, more than a mere headliner receives.

As with other using the same drivetrain, the clutch allows a more location of the front axle, takes weight off the front for better handling, provides a front overhang for improved and increases the wheelbase, which yields an improved ride, else being equal.

The S5’s 3.0-liter V-6 TFSI is not, as the T in its name might turbocharged. Instead, Audi put a in the vee of the 90-degree V-6 where the intake would usually be. The supercharger, its dual intercoolers, has a very gas paths to the combustion chambers. The of supercharging, according to Audi, is the of boost at very low RPM.

The develops maximum torque at than 3000rpm, which great pull without a lag, however minute. A configuration was considered but lost to the engine.

The engine’s numbers are impressive, 333 hp produced from 5500 to rpm, and peak torque–if it can be a peak–is 325 lb-ft from to 5300 rpm.

Standard on the Audi S5 Coupe and Cabriolet is a S-Tronic dual clutch transmission. No conventional manual is available. The transmission can be left to on its own, which it does and unobtrusively, but shifting manually the steering wheel-mounted paddle is more soul satisfying.

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The the standard quattro all-wheel impressive performance numbers. says the S5 Cabriolet will to 60mph in 5.2 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 mph.

Acceleration is rapid, and thanks to the S5’s suspension and all-wheel drive,

Don’t wait for soul engine noises, however. all well muffled, though the barks subtly at each up or down. It’s more on the downshift, particularly on bigger when the engine has to rev more to engine speed, but even at throttle or on the override, the exhaust and noises just aren’t

Our test 2010 Audi S5 was equipped with Audi Select, a $3,950 adaptive operation package that can shock absorbers, engine/throttle and dynamic steering either in to driving style, or a driver can for example, a sport mode will prime the suspension for a driving style. We’ve had with the system on an autocross-type and can verify that it works.

We’re not sure, however, most buyers will enough benefit from Select in typical road to take the financial leap, on a vehicle as pricy as the Audi S5 Of course, as we said, it does it says it does, so we’ll not anyone from putting it on an S5 Cabriolet. Hey, it’s not our

If that’s expensive, however, the package adds $5,700 to the of an Audi S5, and it includes, (a) Bang premium audio, (b) keyless and start/stop, (c) navigation, (d) autodimming with compass and (d) memory for seat and exterior mirrors. us, but that seems rather Some of those features are or inexpensive options on certain cars we could name.

Still, the Prestige package is in an S5 Cabriolet, something that’s not with the aforementioned economy at any price. Ahem.

Audi offers a $900 Driver package that includeds a camera and rear sensors to have, considering a convertible’s rearward visibility with the top Also in this package is Side Assist which, in to the usual blind spot lights, will flash if the turn signals are used for a change when a car is in the way.

But or not, what does it The 2010 Audi S5 Cabriolet is a combination of exotic and accessible, the almost $70,000 price tag on our 2010 Audi S5 quattro means the model will be by very few. What who can afford as Audi S5 Cabriolet remember, however, that coeds are probably young to be your daughter.

Illustrations: Audi S5 Cabriolet. Photos by Matras.

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