2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet Mixes Speed with Sun
Scheduled to go on sale in the United States by the summer of 2013, the new 2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet is equipped with a 4.2-liter V-8 engine that peaks at 450 horsepower at 8,250 rpm. Torque output measures 317 lb.-ft. between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. A 7-speed S-tronic automated manual transmission delivers the power to all four wheels through a modified version of Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
According to Audi, the new RS5 Cabriolet will accelerate to 60 mph in about 4.8 seconds and achieve a maximum speed of 174 mph. Additional hardware upgrades include a performance suspension that's lowered by 20mm, ventilated disc brakes clamped by 8-piston calipers, and 19-inch aluminum wheels with performance tires. Optional upgrades add a sport exhaust system, dynamic steering, Dynamic Ride Control suspension, carbon ceramic brakes, and 20-inch wheels.
The 2014 RS5 Cabriolet is designed to carry 4 passengers. The fabric convertible top folds down in 15 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph, according to Audi. When the top is dropped, it reduces trunk volume by about 15%, less than competing models with power-retractable hardtops.
A number of options are offered for the RS5 Cabriolet, including several entertainment, information, and safety technologies. Be sure to read our complete preview for all of the details.