The 2018 Audi S5 Cabriolet feels mild and balanced as its Quattro all-wheel-drive system digs into the pavement on a twisty mountain highway. I look down on the Digital Cockpit show and see an upcoming hairpin activate the map.

I can not work out what I like higher, the S5 Cabriolet’s simple dealing with or its spectacular expertise.

Then I uncover that the seats additionally embody a therapeutic massage perform, excellent for lengthy freeway cruises, particularly when accompanied by music taking part in over the 20-speaker Bang and Olufsen stereo.

So many issues to love, however as Audi consists of all of them within the S5 Cabriolet, there isn’t any want to select.

A lot of the S5 Cabriolet’s fashion replace could be seen within the refined grille design. LED headlights come customary.

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Audi offers the S5 Cabriolet, a compact convertible four-seater, a significant and much-needed replace for the 2018 mannequin 12 months, enhancing energy, eradicating weight and juicing up the cabin with its newest spectacular suite of expertise.

Whereas nonetheless operating a turbocharged Three-liter V6 engine, horsepower goes as much as 354, 21 greater than the earlier technology, with torque at 369 pound-feet. That energy hits all 4 wheels by means of an eight pace automated transmission. Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system defaults to a 40/60 entrance/rear torque break up, and might shift torque as wanted or lock its middle differential to make sure energy.

Effectivity applied sciences, reminiscent of idle-stop, additionally result in gas financial system positive factors over the earlier technology. The brand new S5 Cabriolet is available in at 20 mpg metropolis and 29 mpg freeway, though I solely averaged 21.9 mpg as a consequence of liberal use of the throttle. That is a 2- to Three-mpg acquire over the older S5 Cabriolet.

Together with extra energy, the S5 Cabriolet receives a styling change much like that given to different newer Audi fashions. To the untrained eye, it appears to be like much like the earlier technology, however the grille takes on a extra outlined fashion, pushing out from the entrance of the automotive. Normal LED headlights ship brilliant white protection at night time, whereas operating lights give the automotive a singular expression.

Diamond-patterned seat stitching offers the inside a luxurious look, and I significantly just like the svelte design of the game seats, which certainly shaves total weight. Discovering the therapeutic massage perform for the seats whereas I drove was a nice shock. Even higher, I later discover out that these seats come customary within the S5 Cabriolet. Though the automotive comes with two rows, it is a four-seater, with the rear solely designed for 2 passengers.

The true showpiece within the S5 Cabriolet, certainly one of Audi’s latest massive hits, is the Digital Cockpit, which comes within the fully worthwhile $2,600 Navigation package deal. The system makes use of a giant LCD instead of a conventional instrument cluster together with a middle LCD on the dashboard. I may change the instrument cluster show between a satellite-view map, giant digital gauges, audio, and journey info. It is a phenomenal show and makes it simple to maintain my eyes centered on the highway.

Audi’s Digital Cockpit, discovering its manner into most Audi fashions, places the map proper in entrance of the driving force.

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Digital Cockpit limits inputs to what I can do by means of voice or steering wheel-mounted thumb controls. The middle display screen, with its related dial and switchgear on the console, lets me enter locations manually or with a fast on-line search utilizing the automotive’s personal 4G/LTE information connection. It additionally helps digging into the music assortment on my related iPhone or making hands-free telephone calls.

The S5 Cabriolet leverages its information connection not just for on-line vacation spot search, but in addition for real-time gas costs and parking availability.

Audi additionally manages to construct in assist for each Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, regardless of the shortage of a touchscreen. Utilizing the console-mounted dial will not be optimum for this interface, but it surely works. And switching between Apple CarPlay and the S5 Cabriolet’s built-in infotainment requires going by means of an additional couple of screens.


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