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Audi refines S5 Cabriolet styling, massively updates electronics

The newest generation of the S5 Cabriolet comes out with Audi's beautiful Virtual Cockpit display and a refined exterior design.

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For the 2018 model year, Audi launches a whole new generation for its A5 and S5 models, the latter being the performance-oriented version of the A5. The line-up gets refined styling from Audi's current design book, and a big upgrade in electronics.

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The S5 Cabriolet, shown here, seats four and has a power-operated cloth top.

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At 4,211 pounds, the S5 Cabriolet is the heaviest of the A5/S5 line-up, but it still feels very light and agile.

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The hallmark of Audi's new styling shows up in the grille, which pushes outwards, giving it more dimension than the previous iteration.

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LED headlights come standard on the S5 Cabriolet.

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The S5 Cabriolet comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine making 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

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The S5 Cabriolet comes with Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system, and can be optioned up with adaptive suspension and a torque vectoring rear differential, which throws torque to the outside rear wheel in a turn, aiding handling.

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If you're not interested in open air driving, you can also get the S5 in coupe format for about $8,000 less than the Cabriolet.

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One of the S5 Cabriolet's biggest improvements is the Virtual Cockpit, which puts a screen in place of the instrument cluster to show navigation and other functions.

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The S5 Cabriolet is an extraordinarily good car, comfortable for a variety of driving tasks, from the everyday commute to a weekend spin in the country.

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