Driving a convertible is a unique experience. It’s not just about the wind in your hair or the sun being above your head, in some ways it makes you much more connected to what the car is doing. You can hear the engine directly without any muffling from soundproofing, you can even smell the car working. However, many performance convertibles fall foul of the laws of physics. Removing the roof from a cars structure reduces its rigidity, not a good thing. To combat this engineers strengthen the floor of the car but this in turn adds weight and creates its own problems. Audi think they have got the solution with their new RS5 Cabriolet.
Cutting the head off of the already potent RS5 is an interesting proposition and one that will no doubt attract many buyers. The new cars fabric roof can complete its transformation in 15 seconds from closed to open and 17 from open to closed. Under the bonnet is Audi’s 4.2 litre V8 FSI that produces 444BHP which is then utilised by all four wheels. 0-62MPH comes and goes in just 4.9 seconds and the RS5 drop-top wont stop until it reaches 173MPH.
No word on pricing just yet but expect the car in showrooms early 2013.