Reviews

2013 Audi RS5 Cabriolet

What a fantastic powertrain. This V-8 seemingly revs to the sky and sounds fantastic during full-throttle upshifts. Perhaps the biggest complaint there is that by the time you hear the second shift, you’re in serious trouble. The RS5 is an absolute rocket. But it’s a manageable rocket. Unlike some new vehicles that use turbocharged engines, the RS5 makes due with 4.2 liters of normally aspirated, high-revving goodness that can still leave a stop with grace.

There are better sports cars, but they give up a lot of day-to-day utility to the RS5. This is a coupe or convertible that can tackle any weather conditions and still offers a reasonable amount of cargo space and room for passengers. Not to mention the RS5 was the fastest car around Grattan Raceway during our $64,000 Question cover story from the December 2012 issue. It may not check every intangible feedback box, but the RS5 is a very logical, very desirable car in its own right. I can’t fault anyone for choosing an M3 over an RS5 because they prefer the BMW’s tactility, but I think the Audi is a much more logical choice unless you live adjacent to a fantastic canyon road.

Phil Floraday, Senior Web Editor


This is the dream four-seat new convertible for me. That sound. Those quick shifts. Those wheels. That thick steering wheel. I want.

The very good steering has great feel in country-road corners and isn’t twitchy when cruising. The way the RS5 sticks to the road makes me want to drive it on a racetrack, even though I know the cabrio is the poseur of the RS5 coupe/convertible lineup. I love it anyway. It’s a very stylish, very powerful, very classy, super comfortable ride.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

2013 Audi RS5 cabriolet

MSRP (with destination): $78,795
PRICE AS TESTED: $89,320

ENGINE:
4.2-liter DOHC V-8
Horsepower: 450 hp @ 8250 rpm
Torque: 317 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

TRANSMISSION:
7-speed dual-clutch automatic

DRIVE:
All-wheel

WHEELS AND TIRES:
20-inch aluminum wheels
275/30R-20 (97Y) Pirelli P Zero tires

FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway/combined):
16/22/18 mpg

CURB WEIGHT:
4009 lb

CAPACITIES:
Doors/Passengers: 2/4
Cargo: 12.2 cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): 41.3/31.7 in
Headroom (front/rear): 37.9/36.0 in
Towing: N/A

EXTERIOR/INTERIOR COLOR:
Estorial Blue/Black

STANDARD FEATURES:
Power-folding soft top
Xenon headlights
LED taillights
Nappa leather interior
Carbon-fiber interior inlays
SiriusXM satellite radio w/3-month trial subscription
Flat-bottom steering wheel w/shift paddles
Auto-dimming, heated exterior mirrors
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Homelink
Bluetooth
19-inch aluminum wheels
RS-specific sport suspension and brakes
Sport rear differential

OPTIONS ON THIS VEHICLE:
Estorial Blue paint w/black roof- $1075
Navigation plus package- $3450

Navigation plus
Front and rear parking assist
Rearview camera
Bluetooth audio
Audi connect
Driver assist package- $3250
Adaptive cruise control
Dynamic steering
Blind spot monitoring system
Sport exhaust system- $1000
20-inch aluminum wheels w/performance tires- $1000
Matte aluminum-optic package- $750

KEY OPTIONS NOT ON THIS VEHICLE:
Comfort package- $1500
Carbon-ceramic front brakes- $6000

ADDITIONAL SPECS:
Revealed at the 2012 Paris auto show, the RS5 cabriolet is an all-new model for 2013.

COMPARE TO:
BMW M3 convertible, Jaguar F-Type S V8, Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG, Porsche 911 Carrera cabriolet

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