Audi lift the lid on handsome new A5 Cabriolet

John Knox

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John Knox

Audi lift the lid on handsome new A5 Cabriolet

Audi Ireland has announced pricing and spec of the innovative Audi A5 Cabriolet, the model completing the new generation of the A5 family.
With room for four people and a fully automatic soft top, the redesigned model is kitted out with the latest technology, including driver assistance systems and seat belt microphones.
Prices begin at €60,730 for the 2.0 TDi (190bhp) S-Trionic SE.
The A5 Cabriolet is characterised by sleek lines and a flatter, sportier look, including a wider three-dimensional Singleframe grille and wave-shaped shoulder line.
The soft top fits perfectly and delivers outstanding aeroacoustics thanks to effective insulation. The new one-touch opening function makes operating the standard acoustic hood much easier: the top fully opens in 15 seconds and closes in 18 seconds, even while driving up to 50 km/h.
LED rear lights and optional LED or Matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn signals at the front and rear make high-end technology visible even after dark.
Two trim lines will be available in Ireland – SE and S Line.
Features
Standard features include xenon headlights, Audi drive select and partial leather seats.
Intuitive ergonomic operation comes courtesy of the Audi MMI radio plus with 7” colour display, seat belt microphones and the one-touch opening function for the soft top.
On launching, the new A5 Cabriolet will offer a choice of three engines – a 2.0 TFSI with 252 BHP, a 2.0 TDI with 190 BHP and a 3.0 TDI with 218 BHP – each of which offers up to 17% more power while consuming as much as 22% less fuel combining high efficiency with sporty power development and smooth running.
The wide track and the long wheelbase measuring 2,765 millimetres are key features of the balanced, sporty suspension tuning while the newly developed electromechanical power steering offers good feedback from the road and greater steering precision.
More compact seats
The increased dimensions, the wheelbase extended by 14 millimetres and more compact seats, increase the space for the driver and passengers.
With the hood closed, the luggage compartment has a capacity of 380 litres. As standard, the bootlid on the A5 Cabriolet now opens automatically using the remote control key or the button in the driver’s door.
Gesture control for the bootlid is also available as an option.
Thanks to the all-new operating and display concept including natural language voice control and free-text search, the driver can control all functions effortlessly and intuitively.
Standard seat belt microphones for driver and front passenger improve voice quality even with the hood open.
As an alternative to the analogue instrument dials, the large, high-resolution TFT monitor of the Audi virtual cockpit, measuring 12.3”, presents richly detailed graphics.
The optional head-up display projects all relevant information on to the windshield in the driver’s direct field of vision as easily comprehensible symbols and digits, enabling the driver to keep their eyes on the road.
MMI navigation plus with MMI touch tops the infotainment range.
The high-end system features an 8.3” monitor, DVD drive, 10 GB flash memory and a USB connection with charging function.
An LTE module provides access to Audi connect Online services – free of charge for three years.
The media hub also comes with a Wi-Fi hotspot which connects passengers’ mobile devices to the internet.
The Audi smartphone interface integrates iOS and Android devices, with the Audi phone box connecting smartphones to the on-board antenna in order to provide superior reception quality.
It also charges the smartphone inductively, without any wires.
Sound system
The Bang and Olufsen Sound System features innovative 3D sound. It opens up the spatial dimension of height and gives the driver the sense of sitting in a concert hall.
The new A5 Cabriolet offers up to 30 ground-breaking driver assistance systems, enhancing safety, comfort and efficiency.
The adaptive cruise control (ACC) and ‘Stop&Go’ system, including traffic jam assist, relieves drivers in slow-moving traffic (up to speeds of 65 km/h) by assuming the tasks of braking and accelerating the car, and also temporarily takes charge of steering on better roads.
The predictive efficiency assistant evaluates GPS information from the car’s immediate surroundings and helps to save fuel by giving specific driving advice – a unique feature in this segment.
Collision avoidance assist intervenes in a fraction of the second if the car needs to drive around an obstacle to avoid an accident. The line-up is rounded out by other assistance systems such as turn assist, park assist, rear cross traffic assist, exit warning, camera-based recognition of traffic signs, Audi active lane assist and Audi side assist.