The 2012 Audi S5 Cabriolet is the coveted performance model of the A5 cabriolet, and the differences are beyond staggering. If the near 50 percent increase in horsepower is not enough to get you excited, the fact that it is all-wheel-drive and offers a list of options that will certainly make you, make the S5 completely different than its sister. The Audi S5 Cabriolet offers significant improvements over the A5. A 3.0-liter supercharged engine delivers a whopping 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. This translates to a quick zero to 60 mph in only 5.1 seconds, which is very respectable for a convertible. If you are so inclined to see top speed, the S5 will travel at 155 mph. Even with the impressive numbers, the S5 delivers good fuel economy, with up to 26 mpg on the highway.
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The exterior of the 2012 Audi S5 Cabriolet is as stunning as ever, with LED tail lights and a gorgeously contoured front end. The front grille and fog lamps give the S5 its distinct look and the lines that start from the front make it look elegantly aggressive. The interior delivers the quality and style that one expects from Audi, but it is still somewhat poorly equipped in standard trim, compared to other models. Personalization is actually possible, with several interior and exterior colors to choose from, plus you are granted your choice of soft top color. Speaking of the soft top, it can fold up or down at speeds of up to 30mph, and the interior aerodynamics reduce buffeting and unpleasant air noise. The only downside is that the navigation screen essentially becomes a shaving mirror with the top down and the sun out.
The 2012 Audi S5 Cabriolet offers a wide variety of safety equipment. Audi's side assist and brake assist come standard, warning drivers of cars in their blind spot and helping provide maximum braking power when it's needed. One of the best features is the rollover protection system, which extends two protective beams from behind the seats within milliseconds of detecting a problem. Along with the very tough windscreen, occupants will be very safe in the event of a rollover.
The Audi S5 Cabriolet is a class-leading choice. Reviews at Top Speed believe it to be the most elegant of its competition, including the Infiniti G37 convertible. With Audi luxury, great performance and handling, and well thought-out design, the S5 is a excellent choice for any driver.