The new S5 rounds out Audi's A-5 series. It features the same elegant contours as the coupé it's based on.
Lightweight materials save a good forty kilograms over the A-4 convertible, while stabilizing sheet steel makes for a nicely stiff body structure.
The S-5's new engine, a three-liter, 260-kilowatt V-6. It carries the car from zero to one hundred kilometers per hour in 5-point-1 seconds. A starting price of not quite 68-thousand euros in Germany puts the convertible's price tag at about five thousand euros higher than the coupé's.
The sound is a blast when the sporty A-5 flashes past.
The 'adaptive damping suspension' can adjust automatically to speed and road conditions.
The soft top opens automatically in just 15 seconds, even while the car is moving at speeds up to fifty kilometers per hour. It takes 18 seconds to close.
Much of what costs extra on the A-5 has become standard on the S-5. The convertible sports a good thirty driver's assists, including adaptive cruise control with 'Stop and Go'. It even takes over steering for the driver at speeds up to sixty-five kilometers per hour and monitors the distance to the car ahead. So in slow-moving traffic, the driver can - almost - kick back and relax.
As in life, the good things on the road have their price.