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Audi RS5 Cabriolet (2014)
With a powerhouse 4.2-litre V8 under the bonnet, Audi’s acclaimed quattro all-wheel-drive, and an armoury of other electronic ‘smarts’ to help put some 331kW of power and 430Nm of torque to the pavement, the RS5 Cabriolet looks (and sounds) the part of a performance soft-top.
But, compared to its hard-top sibling, the RS5 Coupe, the ‘cab’ lacks the same torsional rigidity to be a truly great drive. ‘Scuttle shake’ (a sensation of the body flexing, usually under cornering) intrudes at times and this can conspire with an overly-stiff suspension to make for a hard, uncompromising ride.
That’s not to say you can’t enjoy yourself behind the wheel. The RS5 goes, handles and stops brilliantly. Select ‘Dynamic’, one of three Drive Select modes, and the engine/gearshift responses sharpen markedly, a set of exhaust baffles opens, and the V8 roars in celebration on its way to 8000+rpm.
A true 2+2 (i.e. four seater), the ‘cab’ features a soft top with special foam layer designed to reduce noise levels, which is able to be raised or lowered in less than 17 seconds at speeds of up to 50km/h.
Being an Audi, take it as given that the interior is one of the most stylish and comfortable going (for all but the rear passengers, who might find things a little snug).
The equipment inventory is extensive, as it should be of a car costing six figures.
Style, performance, four seats.
Tyre repair kit, some scuttle shake.
Seven-speed double-clutch auto, W19, sport suspension, keyless entry and ignition, bi-xenon headlights, a 20GB on-board music storage facility, bluetooth audio and phone integration, NAV, tri-zone climate-control, RC, front/rear PS, heated and powered front sports seats, Nappa leather trim, heated and folding mirrors, electronic diff lock,
DFSCA, ABS, EBD, BA, TC, ESC, anti-slip regulation, tyre pressure monitor.
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||4.2-litre, DOHC petrol, V8.
||331kW @ 8250rpm.
||430Nm @ 4000-6000rpm.
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
||4.9 seconds (claimed).
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