STOP the World — I Want to Get Off is the brilliant title of a Leslie Bricusse-Antony Newley musical from the Sixties. It is a sentiment that at times we might all feel. Yet in today’s digital world it could prove impossible to step off, even if we wanted to. We are locked into it every day of our lives. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the world of cars, where there is no stopping the march of technological development. Take this week’s drive, the Audi A5 Cabriolet 3.0 TDI quattro. This is a car that delivers not only my favourite mode of driving — that is, open-top with organic air conditioning (fresh air to you and me) — but also hosts an absolute shedload of hi-tech equipment. But first to the top-down stuff: hoods on convertibles have come an awful long way since the days of carefully folding the frame and tucking the hood away — a procedure that could take a good 10 minutes if you were lucky. On … [Read more...] about Convertible’s hi-tech from the top down
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Tweet TweetThe German people from Audi are testing these days the new RS5 Cabriolet, the open-top variant of the high-performance A5 sedan. As you can see, the new Audi RS5 Cabrio is heavily camouflaged and was spied during some tests on the famous Nürburgring circuit in Germany. Even the prototype is wrapped quite well, we can see some aesthetic features such as LED headlights, a new front grille, side skirts, large 19-inch alloy wheels, a revised rear bumper and a two-pipe exhaust. New trim, sport seats and steering wheel are expected at the interior while an improved suspension will be also available. In terms of power, the German model benefits from a 4.2-liter V8 engine capable to deliver 444 horsepower, power which arrives at the four wheels via a seven-speed S tronic transmission. The all-new Audi RS5 Cabriolet will go on sale early next year in Europe with its official debut set for the end of this year. … [Read more...] about New Audi RS5 Cabriolet spied in Germany
The Indian climate is predominantly hot and when it's not being that, it's usually raining in most parts of the country. Dust and pollution are major issues plaguing cities like Delhi and all this means that convertibles don’t exactly seem the most sensible form of transport. Don’t get me wrong, for I am a big fan of the idea of open-top motoring. Just not in India, though. However, time spent behind the wheel of an Audi A5 Cabriolet has forced me to reconsider my stance on convertibles in India. Allow me to explain.What does it look like?For starters, it looks gorgeous. Of all forms of the A5 in India – A5 Sportback, S5 Sportback, and A5 Cabriolet – its the drop-top version that that takes the title of being the prettiest. More so finished in Gotland Green with a Red fabric top combo we have here. The car rarely fails to grab eyeballs despite Audi’s typically understated design language. The low slung nose and sleek headlamps accentuating the width of the … [Read more...] about Audi A5 Cabriolet review
The Indian climate is predominantly hot and when it’s not being that, it’s usually raining in most parts of the country. Dust and pollution are major issues plaguing cities like Delhi and all this means that convertibles don’t exactly seem the most sensible form of transport. Don’t get me wrong, for I am a big fan of the idea of open-top motoring. Just not in India, though. However, time spent behind the wheel of an Audi A5 Cabriolet has forced me to reconsider my stance on convertibles in India. Allow me to explain. What does it look like? For starters, it looks gorgeous. Of all forms of the A5 in India – A5 Sportback, S5 Sportback, and A5 Cabriolet – its the drop-top version that that takes the title of being the prettiest. More so finished in Gotland Green with a Red fabric top combo we have here. The car rarely fails to grab eyeballs despite Audi’s typically understated design language. The low slung nose and sleek headlamps accentuating … [Read more...] about Audi A5 Cabriolet review, test drive
Of all the vehicles Audi offers right now, and they offer a lot, the A5 Coupe is quite possibly my favorite, I would choose it over the TT and the R8 although admittedly the latter would be a tough call. The A5 was designed by famed auto designer Walter De Silva, former Head of Design of the VW group, it happens to be his favorite too. The collective opinion (among the motoring hack fraternity) is that the A5 looks plain and yes they are correct, but it’s that simplicity that makes it work so well. It is that simplicity that served the A5 graciously for 9 years and it only required a plethora of periodic facelifts and updates in between. After 9 years Audi made ready an all new, second generation for 2016. The design changes are mildly evolutionary with the key difference being that the A5 is now built on a larger and lighter platform, that in turn means the A5 is now slightly longer and wider than the first generation. The interior is impeccably well designed, presented and … [Read more...] about Audi A5 Has Always Been Classy, Now It’s Effortlessly Classy
Vehicles Affected: Approximately 343,000 model-year 2013-17 Audi A5 cabriolets, A5 sedans and Q5 SUVs; model-year 2012-15 A6 cars; and model-year 2013-16 A4 sedans and A4 Allroad wagons — all equipped with turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter engines The Problem: An electric coolant pump can either become blocked with debris from the cooling system, causing it to overheat or short circuit from moisture within the pump, increasing the risk of a fire. The Fix: Dealers will replace the pumps for free. What Owners Should Do: Audi will begin notifying owners June 11; parts were not immediately available, so owners will receive a second notice once a remedy is available. Owners can call the automaker at 800-253-2834, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4263 or go to www.safercar.gov to check their vehicle identification number and learn more. Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your … [Read more...] about 2012-2017 Audi A4, A4 Allroad, A5, A6 and Q5: Recall Alert
Audi is issuing a recall for 1.16 million vehicles across the world because of concerns that an electric cool pump can overheat or short-circuit, according to Reuters. The recall covers an array of models, including the A5 Cabriolet and A6. In total, Reuters reports, the recall covers some 2013-2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet, A5 sedan, and Q5 vehicles; 2012-2015 A6s; and 2013-2016 A4 sedan and A4 Allroad vehicles with 2.0-liter Turbo FSI engines. Here’s more from Reuters: A spokesman for Audi in Germany, Udo Ruegheimer, said the recall covered 1.16 million vehicles worldwide. Audi said the pump can become blocked with debris from the cooling system, adding that there had been no reports of injuries or crashes related to the issue. Dealers will replace the pumps but the company did not say when parts will become available, according to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States. In the U.S., the recall covers roughly 350,000 vehicles, the news … [Read more...] about Audi Is Recalling 1.16 Million Cars Because Of A Coolant Pump Issue
The model will replace three of Audi's existing convertibles, according to a recent rumor. Audi ended production of the A4 Cabriolet in 2008. It replaced the model with a top-less variant of the A5, a car that's now in its second generation. The soft-top A4 might make an unexpected comeback, according to a German media outlet.The A4 Cabriolet will return as a last-ditch effort to jump-start the convertible segment. German magazine Auto Bild reports the model will replace the TT Roadster, the A3 Cabriolet, and even the aforementioned A5 Cabriolet in one fell swooop. Declining sales worldwide means it's financially unwise for Audi to sell three convertible models that all linger in roughly the same price segment.Interestingly, the A4 Cabriolet will allegedly ride on the MQB platform, not the bigger MLB architecture. This will allow Audi to save money on development and production and consequently make the A4 about 10,000 euros cheaper than rivals like the BMW 4 Series and the … [Read more...] about Audi A4 Cabriolet to make a comeback?
The second gen Audi RS5 will be launched in India on April 11, 2018. The Audi RS5 continues the new design language that was seen on the new A5 and will be the fourth offering after the A5 sedan, convertible and also the S5 sportback. This performance-spec offering from Audi will lock horns with the BMW M4 and will be brought to the country through the CBU route. The 2018 Audi RS5 will compete with the BMW M4 in India Similar to the first gen offering, the 2018 Audi RS5 too looks aggressive and comes with 19-inch wheels as standard. Further, 20-inch wheels can be optioned as well. The cabin of the sport coupe comes with RS sport seats with optional honeycomb pattern in fine Nappa leather, and the flat-bottomed multifunction sports leather steering wheel. The RS emblems can be found on the seats, the steering wheel, the sill panel strips and on the selector lever. Additionally, the RS5 also comes with Virtual Cockpit with digital display. The cabin of the Audi RS5 Coupe comes with … [Read more...] about 2018 Audi RS5 to be launched in India on April 11
What is it: The 2018 Audi S5 Cabriolet is the convertible variant of the company’s compact-luxury platform. It’s only offered in two trims: Premium Plus and Prestige. Standard features include crash-mitigation functions like Audi side assist and Audi pre sense rear, along with rear-cross traffic assist and vehicle-exit assist.Key Competitors: Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet; BMW 440i convertibleBase Price: $63,275 As-Tested Price: $75,000Highlights: The 2018 S5 cab has a new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 making 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque with an eight-speed automatic transmission. With a new one-touch open button, the S5 cabriolet gets the wind in your hair faster than the previous model. All-wheel drive is standard.Our Opinion: The S5 Cabriolet has a way of sneaking up on you. At first blush, the experience isn't much different from that of the A5, which is by no means a bad thing: The A5 is itself an extremely competent open-air cruiser that packs a ton of tech, but never lets … [Read more...] about 2018 Audi S5 Cabriolet essentials: Can a car be too well executed?