New Audi A5 Cabriolet test drives held in Chandigarh
The Voice of Chandigarh News | Photo By T S Bedi
The designers went with the precise, elegant lines of the Coupe for the shape of the new Audi A5 Cabriolet. The rear window is now flatter and emphasizes the sporty looks, as do the short overhangs and the long wraparound hood with power dome. With a length of 4,673 millimeters (184.0 in), the new A5 Cabriolet is 47 millimeters (1.9 in) longer than the predecessor model. Together with the wheelbase, which has been extended by 14 millimeters (0.6 in), and more compact seats, this means more space for the driver and passengers. Shoulder room in the front row of seats has been increased by 26 millimeters (1.0 in) and knee room in the rear by 18 millimeters (0.7 in).
The classic soft top fits perfectly into the athletic design and delivers outstanding aeroacoustics thanks to effective insulation. The new one-touch opening function makes operating the standard acoustic hood much easier. A quick pull of the switch is all it takes to open the soft top fully automatically in 15 seconds or close it in 18 seconds – even while driving up to 50 km/h (31.1 mph).
With its sporty and agile handling, the A5 Cabriolet is impressively dynamic. The engineers increased the already high torsional stiffness of the previous model by a good 40 percent. The body is now the stiffest in its class. The total weight of the new generation has been reduced by up to 40 kilograms (88.2 lb). An updated five – Link suspension is used on the front axle. At the rear, a five-link construction replaces the trapezoidal – link suspension used on the previous model. Adaptive dampers are available as an option. They are incorporated into the standard Audi Drive Select dynamic handling system and allow the driver to choose between a highly dynamic or comfortable driving experience. The newly developed electromechanical power steering offers good feedback from the road and greater steering precision. The engine lineup comprises of one engine – a 2.0 TDI with 140 kW (190 hp).
The drive train of A5 Cabriolet is standard Quattro. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes 7.8 seconds. Audi limits top speed to 235 km/hr.
A comprehensive range of infotainment awaits the driver on board the new A5 Cabriolet. Selected smartphone content, such as navigation, telephone and music are integrated into the vehicle’s MMI system via Apple Car Play and Android Auto.