2010 Audi S5 S-Tronic Cabriolet

I had forgotten that Audi was phasing out the V-8 in the S5 in favor of its new supercharged V-6; when I first got in the car, I was like, where's the V-8 burble? And what's with this quick-shifting, dual-clutch automatic transmission? And then I launched the S5 onto a freeway entrance ramp and remembered, ah, yes, the S5 now gets the same smooth and torquey supercharged V-6 as the new S4 sport sedan. Very nice, and I can live without the V-8.

So it was Evan who set the speed warning tone for only 80 mph! That thing kept dinging at me every time I dipped into the accelerator. But I was actually kind of grateful that he had set it, because otherwise I would have been driving at 100 mph the whole time without even trying.

As others have noted, the S5 is a gorgeous car, and Audi's fabric convertible roofs are beautifully constructed and give away little to a fixed steel roof in terms of sound suppression. And the S5's even has little LED reading lamps for the rear-seat built into the fabric roof, which are very cool.

Another powertrain note: The S5 Cabriolet is powered solely by the supercharged V-6 mated to the S Tronic transmission, but the S5 coupe still gets the V-8, mated either to a conventional automatic or a six-speed manual. So the hardcore V-8 fans still have that choice, just not with a fabric roof.

Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor

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