Audi Announces A5 And S5 Convertibles
December 3rd, 2008 10:58 AM Share
Audi has released photos and details of the convertible versions of its A5 and S5 coupes, and they’re classy little ragtops in the proud Audi tradition. North American pricing and availability are not yet available, but with Euro-only 1.8 TFSI versions starting at $47,300, they won’t be cheap. The S5 version will rock Audi’s new supercharged TFSI 3.0 V6, good for 333hp, 324 lb/ft of torque and a 5.6 second hustle to 60 mph.
Published December 3rd, 2008 10:58 AM
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Very nice looking convertible. But just how heavy is this thing going to be if 333hp and 324 torque only produces a 5.8 second 0-60 time?