AUDI A5 Cabriolet
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The 2012 Audi A5 Cabriolet was the open-top version of the A5 Coupe.
It was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and it wasn’t a completely new model, but a mid-life refresh.
After a long time when Audi didn’t offer too much for the open-top car segment, it started to recover offering more than ever: the TT Roadster, A3 Cabriolet, A5 Cabriolet, and the R8 were built for every taste and more budgets. The A5 Cabriolet, though, was the only one that featured four real seats, unlike the A3 which offered a very small room on the back seats.
The refreshed design included the LED daytime running lights inside the headlights, a redesigned grille and front bumper with pronounced air inlets. On the side, it was the same vehicle, with panels from the coupe. In the rear, there was an option for new, LED light strips for the taillamps.
Inside, there was a button used to adjust the optional seat heating and ventilation in three stages. The selector for the automatic transmission was redesigned. The buttons on the steering wheel were redesigned as well. All displays were illuminated in white. For thermal comfort, warm air was blown to the neck of the front occupants.
Under the hood, engines were ranging from a four-pot 1.8-liter TFSI up to the 4.2-liter RS5 version. There were four TDI versions and three TFSI engines offered, mated to a manual or automatic transmission, with front or all-wheel-drive, depending on the engine.
It took nearly two years for Audi to cut down the roof of the A5 Coupe and make it a convertible, and finally did it and introduced the rag-top version in 2009.
The German carmaker didn’t have such a big experience or tradition in building open-top vehicles. Apart from the 80 Convertible, the TT Roadster, and the A4 Cabriolet, there was no other convertible in its lineup for the last three decades. It didn’t know exactly how the car would handle against the more experienced Mercedes-Benz or the BMW, who offered the CLK Cabriolet and the 3-series convertible, respectively.
It featured the same body lines as its coupe version, and the main difficulty was to create a vehicle that had to look good with the top up or down. Walter da Silva managed the design department and succeeded in accomplishing that. The roof was electrically operated and could completely disappear behind the rear seats. A glass-rear window with defroster was installed in the back.
The interior featured bucket seats at the front and a two-seat profiled bench in the rear. Depending on the trim level and the options, the A5 Cabriolet sported leather seats and aluminum trims on the dashboard and door panels. Its high center console had a storage compartment and a pair of cupholders.
Under the hood, Audi offered a wide choice of diesel and gasoline powerplants. For selected engines only, Audi installed an all-wheel-drive system.