The S5 cabriolet’s 333 hp is 21 fewer than the coupe’s V-8, but each engine makes exactly 325 lb-ft of torque. The supercharged engine has more grunt at low rpm, though, and Audi claims the S5 sprints just as quickly to 62 mph as it would with the V-8: an estimated 5.6 seconds.
Unlike some competitors, the S5 cabriolet retains a traditional folding fabric roof. Head Audi designer Stefan Sielaff says the cloth roof is more upscale than a folding hardtop because it implies you have a garage in which to park. It also allows more elegant proportions and preserves trunk space. While we can’t exactly wrap our heads around the notion that the hardtop-totin’ BMW 3-series convertible is déclassé, we also can’t deny that the S5 cabriolet is gorgeous—top up or down—and oozes sex appeal. Upturned LED running lights and Audi’s signature “single-frame” trapezoidal grille create an aggressive front end. An undulating character line carries over from the S5 coupe and sweeps over the wheel openings, accentuating subtle fender bulges and giving the cabriolet a hunkered-down stance that makes it instantly distinguishable from the purposeful but plain S4 cabriolet. The best angle is the rear three-quarter view, where perfectly formed LED taillights frame a low, taut rear end. We drove the car in Monaco, a place so loaded with exotic cars that Rolls-Royce Phantoms routinely pass unnoticed, but the S5 cabriolet still got a lot of looks.
The S5 cabriolet’s interior is equally stunning. Arcs of brushed aluminum trim and French-stitched leather are modern, but not so much so that you’re intimidated. Like the cabins of many Audis, this one sets the bar for the class.
Source: Car and Driver