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instant appeal along with “I-want-one” allure. Now, with the introduction of the cabrio model, the entertainment and fun ratings are simply off the scale. Audi bosses aptly describe the car as its best-


ever high performance cabriolet model and with a hand-built naturally aspirated 4.2-litre V8 FSI petrol-powered engine that launches the car to 62mph from a standing start in just 4.9 seconds, it’s fair to say their assessment was pretty accurate. And there are plenty more impressive stats that make this premium powerhouse stand out. It is the only car in its class to feature permanent all-wheel-drive for cross-country all-weather performance. It has class-leading fuel effi ciency on a combined run of 26.4mpg and class-leading carbon emissions of 249g/ km. T ere is even an optional package to increase the top speed from a limited 155mph to 174mph. T e test car looked absolutely amazing from


every angle. It’s the sort of car you could walk around all day and still not fi nd anything to criticise no matter how hard you searched. It featured dazzling Misano Red paintwork, wraparound LED daytime running lights, expanded wheel arches, an RS-specifi c single frame front grille, a more pronounced bonnet, 20-inch alloys with painted brake callipers and RS badging, plus an insulated three-layered fabric hood that, at the press of a button, can be opened in 15 seconds or closed in 17 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. And once you take your position in the


incredibly supportive fi ne Nappa leather seats it’s impossible not to be impressed with the remarkable levels of elegance, sophistication and awesome technology that surrounds you. Audi has sourced the very fi nest materials to make the cabin environment luxurious,


exceedingly comfortable and incredibly modern. State-of-the-art features include a brilliant Bang & Olufsen sound system compatible with all modern media devices, a highly effi cient sat nav with colour display screen, Bluetooth connectivity and a nifty fl at-bottomed RS three-spoke multi-function steering wheel. T e car wouldn’t be typically Audi if it didn’t


come fi tted with a raft of optional extras and this was the case with the test car. Features such as Dynamic Steering, Dynamic Ride Control and an adaptive cruise control with braking guard helped bump the asking price up to £77,755 from £67,500. But, anyone who is willing to splash the cash


on the RS 5 Cabrio is guaranteed of one thing – fun, fun and more fun. In fact, it’s impossible not to smile when


you start the engine either via a push button stop/start or the key. T ere is a very subtle, yet distinctive purr that increases to a tantalising growl with the slightest pressure on the throttle. Floor the accelerator and expect to hear a loud, deep roaring noise reminiscent of feeding time at the lion’s enclosure. T at sound is just a hint of what’s in store with the RS 5 Cabrio because this car loves to be driven – the harder, the better. It attacks and conquers tight bends at speed and acceleration is incredibly rapid through the seven-speed automatic gearbox which can be operated manually via steering wheel-mounted paddles or left to its own devices. T ere is even a launch control program for outstanding acceleration. T e driver can choose from four driving modes which alter the car’s handling and dynamics. T ese are comfort, auto, individual and my personal favourite – dynamic. T is mode makes the car even more edgy and responsive.


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