The Audi S5 Cabriolet: the perfect summer road trip car
It just ticks all the boxes!
If you're in the market for a topless fast Audi, there are not many options. The first possibility would be to go for a two-seater, which will be either the TT or the R8. They are great cars however, they may not the most fitted for extended summer road trips. Audi has a solution and it's called S5. The sports car already exists in the form of a Sportback (four-door coupé), but there is also a Cabriolet alternative that can sit four people. More practical, comfortable, and roomier than the TT and R8, the new S5 Cabriolet seems to be the perfect companion for summer road trips.
So, what exactly is an Audi S5? Based on the same platform as the A4, the A5 line basically takes coupés and cabriolets under its roof. The S5 is equipped with a 3.0 V6 that makes 354 horsepower. Enough to take it from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 km/h. Trust me, it's plenty. However, if you wish to have even more horses under the hood of your A5, you can still opt for the 450-horsepower RS5. Unfortunately, it does not come in cabriolet form. Even more unfortunate, the S5 does not exist as a simple two-door coupé anymore. But the RS5 does. How weird is that?
The S5 has one mission and it is to tick as many boxes as possible in order to create as few compromises as possible. For example, the S5 Cabriolet is not only limited to summer as it comes with the excellent quattro four-wheel drive system. Got kids? That's great, they can come along because the S5 Cabriolet has four seats. Moreover, the Audi is equipped with all the latest tech and extra comfort that you'd expect from a car like the A5. Therefore, you end up with a car that is absolutely not limited to occasional summer road trips, it could also be your daily.
Yes, the S5 Cabriolet can be many things. However, first of all, it is supposed to be a sports car, but is it a good one? I expected the S5 to feel heavy, because of its strengthened chassis, but the reality was different. With a weight of over 1.9 tons, the S5 Cabriolet is not a car I'd necessarily call light, but the handling is surprisingly good. Yet, if you're looking for a fun car, do not choose the S5. You will rather go for the TT or the R8. The S5 is an agile cabriolet, but it is better for cruising than for thrashing up a mountain pass. It's not only the way it drives, the car also looks like it was made for grown-ups, which again is not a bad thing. The design is elegant and less funky than the TT's, and definitely less aggressive than the R8's. Overall, I think the Audi S5 Cabriolet is a smart-looking car especially with all the aluminum details on the frame of the windscreen and the mirror caps. But most importantly, I fell in love with the Turbo Blue color that this press car was finished in.
You step into the cabin and you find yourself in a very spacious and techie environment. The most impressive part is when you put the roof up. The process only takes a few seconds but once it is done, it really feels like you are in a coupé. The wind and road noises are nearly inaudible, despite the fact that it's a fabric roof. The rest of the interior is very German, with high-quality materials and sharp screens. The only downside is that there is no clever wind-breaks on the windscreen as you get on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the only solution needs to be manually installed and eats up the entire room for the back seats.
Is it worth it? I'd say yes and that is just because it is a car that is so usable all year round. It is fast, comfortable, practical and you can take the roof down. All that will cost you CHF 97'300.- (£75.5K), which is a lot of money. Weirdly enough, a Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Cabriolet will cost CHF 84'500.- (£66.5), and you can get a BMW M440i Cabriolet for CHF 87'400.- (£68.8K). Both of them are cheaper and more powerful than the Audi. Another oddity comes from the engine choice. In Europe, the S5 Sportback is available only with a 3.0 diesel that makes 347 horsepower. But why doesn't it have the same engine as the S5 Cabriolet? Many questions, and hopefully some of you could give me some answers. All in all, the Audi S5 Cabriolet may not be perfect, but if you're looking for summer car that can do more than just a couple of road trips 1 month per year, it may interest you.
I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Audi Switzerland for allowing us to experience the new S5 Cabriolet. It has been our first collaboration with the team and they facilitated everything to make our life easier. Without them, this article would have never been possible, and we cannot wait to do some more articles with them in the near future.
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