The 2013 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet will go on sale in April with an MSRP of $78,795. There’s no gas guzzler tax on the 450-hp convertible, but the Audi is still a few thousand dollars more expensive than the outgoing BMW M3 drop-top. To celebrate the RS 5 Cabriolet’s upcoming arrival in U.S. showrooms, Audi has released a short video that we’re sharing below.
With a base price of $78,795 including destination, the 2013 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet is $9000 more expensive than the RS 5 coupe. The car’s naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V-8 produces 450 hp at 8250 rpm and 317 lb-ft of torque between 4000 and 6000 rpm. The only available transmission is a seven-speed dual-clutch unit, and 0-60 mph comes in a claimed 4.9 seconds, with a 174-mph top speed. Despite the fact that the RS 5 convertible’s performance is likely to fall slightly behind that of the coupe, that 0-60 mph time is probably conservative. We’ve tested a 2013 Audi RS 5 coupe doing the same sprint in 4.0 seconds.
EPA-rated fuel economy on the 2013 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet does suffer by one mpg on the highway compared to the coupe (16/22 mpg for the drop-top), but those who buy $80,000 convertibles with 450 hp probably don’t care too much about mileage. Audi fans who care about mileage may want to wait for the now-confirmed A4 TDI diesel that’s coming in the 2014 calendar year, on the new model.
Enthusiasts who’d prefer an eight-cylinder convertible are likely to compare the new Audi with the outgoing BMW M3 convertible. Even though the M3 convertible is subject to a $1700 gas guzzler tax, with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission it’s still priced at just over $4000 cheaper than the Audi.
The RS 5 Cabriolet offers a $6000 package that includes ceramic brakes for the front rotors. The soft top opens in 15 seconds and closes in 17 seconds, and yes you can operate the top at speeds up to 30 mph. Listen to the video below, and then tell us — for about $80,000, would you rather have the BMW M3 or Audi RS 5 convertible?