The Audi A5 Cabriolet will launch with a choice of three directly injected engines - the latest turbo charged 2.0-litre TFSI petrol in 211PS form, the 3.2-litre naturally aspirated V6 FSI petrol with 265PS and the 3.0-litre V6 TDI with 240PS. 2.0-litre TFSI and 3.2-litre FSI units are initially offered in conjunction with front-wheel-drive, while the 3.0-litre TDI is linked exclusively to the latest generation quattro four-wheel-drive system with 40% / 60% front-to-rear torque distribution.
A six-speed manual transmission carries engine power to the wheels in 2.0 TFSI models, while 3.2 FSI and 3.0 TDI versions feature two ultra-efficient automatics - the multitronic continuously variable transmission in the 3.2 FSI and the new seven speed S tronic twin-clutch gearbox, developed specifically for longitudinal 'north-south' engine installations, in the 3.0 TDI quattro. This all-new transmission will also be a standard feature of the Audi S5 Cabriolet.
Further engine variants and additional quattro models will be phased in during 2009, and the automatic transmission options will also become more widely available.
Thanks to the optimum weight distribution made possible by the all-new chassis with repositioned front axle, the Audi A5 Cabriolet applies its power to the road with suitable polish. Its inherent composure and agility can be felt even more keenly in the quattro models, especially when they are equipped with the new optional quattro sports differential that made its debut in the latest S4 and, for the first time, filters into the 'A-series' in the Audi A5 Cabriolet quattro range.Published 3 December 2008