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Audi will reveal the new 445 hp RS 5 Cabriolet at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.
With the 4.2-litre V8 shared with the RS 4 Avant, the lightweight ‘acoustic hood’ convertible top of the RS 5 Cabriolet opens and closes fully automatically in 15 seconds and 17 seconds respectively – even when driving at speeds of up to 50 km/h.
When open, it hardly affects the size of the spacious luggage compartment – it only requires 60 litres of its 380-litre total volume.
The split rear seatbacks can be folded down individually, and a through-load facility from the boot to the rear seating area maximizes versatility. Special reinforcements contribute to the convertible body’s high rigidity, and aluminum front fenders compensate for some of the added weight of the reinforcements.
Cabriolet-specific standard features include automatic front seatbelt feeders, a wind deflector, the lighting package including LED interior lights and a rollover protection system incorporating aluminum plates which deploy upwards behind the rear head restraints.
Key options include three-stage head-level heating and front seat heating for top-down comfort on slightly cooler days.
As in the Coupe, the high revving, naturally aspirated 4.2-litre V8 that is hand built for the RS 5 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds.
In some countries where it is allowed, the electronically limited 155 mph top speed can be elevated to 174 mph (at extra cost) if desired.