2017 Audi S5 and A5 Cabriolet chop their tops at LA

Published: 04 November 2016

► First pictures of new A5 Cabriolet
► 2017 convertible shown at LA
► Bigger, lighter, stiffer than before

The new Audi A5 Cabriolet is due to strip off at the Los Angeles auto show – adding al fresco motoring to the A5 Coupe’s existing posing powers.

It’s a bit longer than its predecessor, at 4673mm from tip to toe, and Audi’s stuck to a folding canvas roof for speed and packaging considerations.

Coupe to convertible: a 15-second vanishing trick

Naturally, at this elevated section of the market, the A5 cabrio’s roof is all-electric. Ingolstadt quotes 15sec for it to drop its top, or 18sec on the way back up. That’s competitive with rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Usefully, the roof can be operated at speeds of up to 31mph. So don’t go speeding around town on thundery summer days, alright?

Audi A5 Cabriolet roof up

Audi claims the new car is 40% stiffer than the last A5 cab, reducing the propensity to shake its scuttle and generally wobble over rougher road surfaces. 

Yet despite boasting a beefed-up structure, it’s up to 40kg lighter, thanks to a blend of lightweight metals and clever reinforcing. With the roof closed, boot space stands at 380 litres; no figure has yet been issued with the hood stowed, though it does shrink.

What else is new on the 2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet?

Not a great amount, to be honest. This is a classic decapitation - so everything you see under the metal of the A5 Coupe translates across to the convertible.

Inside the cabin of the 2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet

The range is topped by the S5 Cabriolet, sporting a 349bhp 3.0-litre TFSI V6 and some pretty rapid performance figures: 0-62mph takes 5.1sec and its top speed is limited to 155mph (though we don’t recommend the folically challenged attempting that roof-down).

Audi A5 Cabriolet range and specifications

Of rather more relevance are the standard engines available on the A5 Cabriolet range:

  • 2.0 TFSI 187bhp
  • 2.0 TFSI 249bhp
  • 2.0 TDI 187bhp
  • 3.0 TDI 215bhp
  • 3.0 TDI 282bhp

Depending on engine variant, you’ll be able to choose from front- or Quattro all-wheel drive, as well as six-speed manual, seven-speed S-tronic twin-clutch and eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmissions.

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By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet