The Audi RS5 has received numerous positive reviews with regard to its aesthetics, smooth handling and powerful engine. The RS5 Cabrio represents an alternative for those who want to lower the top and enjoy an open air experience aboard one of Audi’s most stylish vehicles.
Yet, unlike its coupe brethren, the convertible suffers from a few flaws that will make it appeal a bit less to purists, but more on that later, as we will now focus on the positive side.
The design of the car has been upgraded to represent the latest trend that is going all across the range, from entry level vehicles to luxury limousines. The front grille has taken on the more angular design introduced by the new Audi TT, while also increasing a bit in size. Decorated by blacked out honeycomb mesh, it also incorporated the RS badge.
Powered by LED lights, the headlamps employ the same design as those from the coupe, with the signature wrap-around day running lights. The air intakes in the front bumper have also increased in size and incorporate a vertical air splitter. In order to accommodate the wide tires, the wheel arches are flared. Round the back, a small active boot spoiler rises when you go past 70 miles per hour, but it can also be raised via a button – for extra effect. The two exhausts are oval shaped, perhaps as homage to the mighty R8 and a small air diffuser rests between them.
Under the bonnet, a 4.0 litre naturally aspirated V8 produces 450 horsepower and 317 lb ft of torque. 0 to 62 is achieved in 4.9 seconds – and here is the point where we start being critical. Weighing 4,420lbs, the Cabrio is no supermodel, which makes it .4 seconds slower to reach 62 than its coupe brother.
Moreover, the added weight that came with chopping the top off (in the form of structural rigidity reinforcements) has made it less responsive with regard to its dynamic performance, as its weight is felt in tight turns. The reduced amount of torque doesn’t let you play that much with the car, as it isn’t as grippy as the coupe and the launch control feature that the RS5 Cabrio has is not as exciting as you’d expect it to be.
One advantage of having a drop-down top is that the characteristic bark of the exhausts is an astounding audible experience, as the downshifts make it growl and sputter like a rabid beast, which is our favourite thing about this car. SO if you’re considering buying an RS5 Cabrio, do bear this in mind and make a wise decision.