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New 2010 Audi S5 Cabriolet

Power will come from the same engine line-up as the Coupe model with the addition of Audi’s new 3.0-liter supercharged V6 unit that develops 290 HP a maximum torque figure 420 Nm (309.78 lb-ft). The S5 Cabriolet is expected to arrive in the market during the first half of 2009.



Key Points Summary
• S5 Cabriolet features ground-breaking soft top technology for elegant styling, superior room and storage space, and superb driving dynamics.
• Unique 50/50 split rear folding seats allows maximum storage flexibility
• Audi Drive Select (adjustable engine/throttle mapping, suspension damping, and dynamic steering) is a benchmark in the segment and industry.
• New optional quattroSport rear differential enhances agility.
• USA market launch for S5 Cabriolet is Fall 2009, as 2010 model year.
• S5 Cabriolet replaces the S4 Cabriolet.

Design
• S5 Cabriolet interior and exterior distinctive features include:
      o New rear LED lighting
      o Sport seats with unique interior color offerings
      o Cloth convertible top features Audi Acoustic Roof technology for a quite interior.
• Typical Audi interior design is modern and sophisticated, with clear attention to detail, including 1 liter bottle holders in each door.
• S5 Aluminum-optic exterior accents include front and rear diffuser blades, mirror housings, and four exhaust pipes.

Dynamics
• Modular Longitudinal Chassis architecture is the foundation for a benchmark sport sedan.
      o Extensive use of new ultra-high-strength steels increase rigidity of the body while also reducing weight.
      o Repositioned clutch / torque-converter allows more forward position of front axle.
• Better agility and turn in
• Better axle load distribution
• Shorter front overhang
• Longer wheelbase = more comfortable ride
      o Repositioned steering rack, lower and closer to the wheel carriers lowers center of gravity and provides more direct steering control/feedback.
      o Sporty proportions and muscular stance enhanced due to longer, wider, and lower dimensions.
      o Reduced front overhang adds to visual sportiness.

Powertrain and Performance
• S5 Cabriolet 3.0 TFSI supercharged V6 specifications:
      o S5 Coupe manual and 6-speed Tiptronic 354 hp / 325 lb-ft V8 continue for another year through the end of model year 2010; 2011 S5 Coupe will have 3.0 TFSI supercharger with 333 hp / 325 lb-ft, and manual and 7-speed S tronic transmissions.
      o FSI direct injection with intercooled supercharger
      o 333hp – 325 lb-ft
      o quattro® all-wheel drive with 40/60 rear torque bias
      o S tronic 7 speed double-clutch automatic transmission
      o Top speed 155 mph
• Latest generation of quattro® all-wheel drive is employed, with asymmetric rear-biased torque split (40% front / 60% rear under nominal conditions).
• S5 Cabriolet only: New available quattroSport rear differential dynamically varies torque between the rear wheels.
• Fuel economy is significantly improved over S4 Cabriolet .

Innovations
• Rear 50/50 split folding seats in S5 Cabriolet (not available with competitors)
• Cloth convertible top for elegant styling, superior interior and storage space, and low weight penalty (for better driving dynamics)
• New head-level heating system with heated/cooled front seats
• MMI operating logic standard with central display screen
• Audi Drive Select – varies the engine, transmission, steering, and suspension damping characteristics to suit the driver's preferences
• Audi Intelligent Key – stores service information in the key
• Advanced Key keyless entry and starting
• Bluetooth hands-free telephone interface
• Bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights
• Audi Parking System rear with rearview camera
• Electromechanical parking brake
• Hard-drive-based Navigation system with Audi third-generation MMI.
• Audi Side Assist lane change assistant
• Bang & Olufsen 505W sound system

Launch Timing and Pricing
• World auto show debut is Geneva auto show in March, 2009
• USA S5 Cabriolet with all mentioned engine/transmission combinations goes on sale in Fall 2009 (as a 2010 model year vehicles). 
• U.S. pricing to be announced later.

 

New 2010 Audi S5 Cabriolet

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