The Audi RS5 hasn’t been on sale for very long here in the United States, but Audi has been quick to followup the RS5′s stateside debut with yet another RS model; the RS5 Cabriolet. While some have had their bones to pick with the RS5 as a true successor to the almighty V8 RS4, the addition of the the cabriolet is a welcome one. It’s easily one of the more well rounded cars in the Audi lineup with 450 horsepower on tap, quattro all-wheel drive helping to complete the dash to 60 mphr in 4.9 seconds, and now a folding soft top.
The RS5 Cabriolet, and the A5 it’s based on, are easily one of the best looking cars currently on sale. It’s really hard to find fault in the RS5 Cabriolet’s design with its sharp creases, slightly puffed up fenders, and the silver accents- a signature detail of all RS models. Out back are more of the modern Audi’s traits like the LED tail lamps. Gone is the RS5 Coupe’s electric spoiler and in its place a more elegant fixed spoiler finished in matte carbon fiber.
The pièce de résistance, however, are the two oval exhaust pipes doubling as vocal chords for the 4.2-liter V8′s 450 horsepower engine. This is really the best part of the Cabriolet, with less metal, glass and sound deadening to muffle the high revving V8, we don’t think there has ever been an Audi so ripe for exhaust dumps this side of an R8 V10 Spyder. Power is delivered through Audi’s 7-speed, dual-clutch gearbox to all four wheels, with as much as 85 percent going to the rear tires. The standard ratio as with all RS models, including the RS5 Cabriolet, is 40:60 front to rear.
The interior is pretty much what we’ve come to expect from the Ingolstadt boys. Though Audi RS5 Cabriolet owners will be treated to no small amount of luxury thanks to features like heated seats, and a “Head-level Heating System” . Top down winter hoonage should be very comfortable indeed. There are of course the RS5 sport bucket seats, plenty of leather and Audi’s WiFi-enabled MMI system.
The Audi RS5 Cabriolet is set to make it’s official debut later this month at the 2012 Paris Motorshow, and should be available stateside in Spring 2013.