Audi gives your ears a treat, launches new V8-powered RS5 Cabriolet

Audi RS5 Cabriolet SideAudi has taken the covers off its fastest convertible RS model yet, the Audi RS5 Cabriolet, during a live online event yesterday. Its debut comes just a few weeks before the 2012 Paris Motor Show, where the general public will get their first look at the new car in the metal.

Chopping the roof off the RS5 will inevitably lead to a slightly less focused driving experience over the coupe, but as the convertible has retained the stunning 4.2 liter V8, the pace isn’t too badly affected. Audi claims a 4.9-second 0-60 miles-per-hour time, with the 444 horsepower motor charging to an electronically limited top speed of 155. If you fancy stretching the car a little more, then Audi will lift this limit for a fee, and you can speed on to 174 miles-per-hour.

The V8 is mated to a seven-speed S Tronic dual clutch transmission, and Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system, and there is the option to add a sporty rear differential too. Surprisingly, given this is a heavier convertible, the economy is almost identical to its hardtop brother at 25.9 miles-per-gallon.

Audi has worked hard to keep the weight as low as possible, with aluminum front wings and a set of clever “petal” shaped brake discs, which save 3kgs of unsprung weight on their own. Car Magazine estimates that the coupe is 200kg lighter than the new convertible, but Audi hasn’t released any official figures yet.

Audi RS5 Cabriolet Rear

Buyers will get to choose between a black, grey, brown or red canvas roof, and eight different body colors, while the Cabriolet has also been given LED rear lights, xenon front lights, new 20-inch rims and a carbon fiber rear spoiler. The RS styling at the front and rear, plus those sizable oval exhausts help separate it from the basic A5 Cabriolet, and inside are seats and a steering wheel which are unique to the cabrio too.

As you’ll hear in the launch video below, with the roof down you get the full effect of that glorious V8, and it sounds incredible. Such aural bliss won’t come cheap though, and an 88,500 Euro base price in Germany could mean a £60,000 to £70,000 price tag in the UK. Convert that over into dollars, and you’ve got $111,000.

The RS5 Cabriolet goes on sale early next year in Europe, but despite rumors, Audi has yet to confirm whether it’ll make it to the USA or not.

Product Review

Audi built an electric SUV for buyers who want gasoline-free to mean stress-free

We finally got to spend time behind the wheel of the electric 2019 Audi E-Tron bustling cities and arid desert of the United Arab Emirates to see how it compares with Jaguar and Tesla's competitors.
Smart Home

Tired of running outdoors? Check out the best treadmills of 2018

Running can burn up to 900 calories per hour, melting away fat and strengthening your muscles.  Compared to running outdoors, you're safer staying indoors on a cushioned track. We've rounded up the best treadmills on the market
Emerging Tech

Scoot your commute! Here are the 9 best electric scooters on the market

Electric scooters are an affordable, convenient way to minimize your carbon footprint and zip around town. Check out 8 of our current favorites, whether you're working with a budget or have some cash to spare.
Smart Home

Brew it fast, hot, and flavorful with our favorite coffee makers

Whether you're looking for a simple coffee maker to get you through the morning or a high-end brewer that will impress your taste buds and your friends, you'll find some of the best coffee makers around on this list.

Aston Martin bets classic car owners will choose volts over carburetors

Aston Martin has converted one of its most sought-after classic models to run on electricity instead of gasoline. The roadster uses electric components sourced from the upcoming Rapide E sedan.

Volkswagen may be planning a tougher challenge for its all-electric I.D. R

The Volkswagen I.D. R electric race car may head to the Nürburgring in 2019 for a lap-record attempt, according to a new report. Volkswagen will reportedly aim to set the quickest lap time ever by an electric car.

Car-branded phones need to make a U-turn if they ever want to impress

Your car and your smartphone are becoming one, yet smartphones branded or co-created by car companies are a problem. We look at the history, some examples of the best and worst, then share hopes for the future.

600-hp, $155K Polestar 1 is the alluring Volvo coupe you’ve been waiting for

Volvo's return to the coupe segment just took an interesting turn: the model will join the Polestar lineup, and it will get a 600-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Polestar 1 will be built in China starting in 2019.

The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake is the sexiest wagon ever

Aston Martin has revealed new photos of the limited-production Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake. The Vanquish Zagato line now includes the Shooting Brake, Coupe, Volante, and Speedster, each with bespoke styling.

Nissan and Italdesign’s GT-R50 concept will become a $1.1 million reality

The Nissan GT-R50 is a customized sports car built to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R and design firm Italdesign. Underneath the sleek bodywork sits a 710-horsepower engine fortified with race car components.

Ford’s new Shelby GT500 Mustang will have 3D-printed brake parts

Ford's new $45 million Advanced Manufacturing Center will focus on emerging technologies, including 3D printing. One of the staff's first jobs is to print parts for the 700-horsepower Shelby GT500 Mustang.

World’s fastest electric race car to display at Petersen Museum

The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak race car smashed the all-time record at the hill climb for which it was named. The all-electric VW record-holder will be on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles until February 1, 2019.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Folding canoes and ultra-fast water filters

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

This freewheeling Army truck-turned-tiny home is a labor of love

Most tiny homes are models of efficiency but one British metal worker has redefined the idea, converting an old Army truck into a mobile tiny home that comes with a bed, a sofa, a shower, and a beer garden.