2020 Audi A5 Cabriolet 45TFSI S Line Stronic
Audi has managed to combine the right amount of class and elegance, with technology and safety. It is all hidden away under a veneer of restrained respectability. I say veneer, because you won’t be spinning wheels in yobbo-infused fog, but you’ll still manage to get to 100 in 6.5 seconds.
What makes A5 Cabriolet a True GT?
Grand tourers transported gentlemen, in great style, over great distances.
There was often no roof, and gloved hands would grip steering wheels in a booze-fuelled haze. Luggage would be tied to the rear, and running boards carried tools needed to make quick repairs.
Massive engines belched out fumes, getting little better than 10MPG
Those halcyon days might seem like capped and goggled perfection, but roads were unsealed, and you wore thick coats to protect from vile weather. Biting winds, chocking dust, and drenching rain, put hair on the chests of the passengers, even the women.
How things have changed.
A5 Cabriolet needs no ball-busting power plant. Its 2.0L turbo petrol engine runs like a fine Swiss watch. Vibration is all but banished.
What’s new on the outside?
The body is lithe and sexy. The 2020 model has been gently touched up here and there. The grille has been subtly tweaked, and is now flanked by a sharp set of fully automatic LED Matrix headlights. They bathe the road ahead in the brightest of romantic moonlight. Anyone coming towards it is politely placed in pools of dimmed light.
You can drive anywhere you wish, anytime you wish, as fast as you wish.
As the less fortunate follow you, they’ll see a new set of tail lights, with gentle sweeping indicators. And, as you pass, massive 19” wheels make the body look even longer than it actually is. Tyres are a mere smear of rubber on the alloys. As the A5 Cabriolet moves, it looks like its running on the rims. The effect is mesmerising.
It would be remiss of me to move inside without mentioning to drop-dead gorgeous rag top.
A5 Cabriolet has kept the mohair look going throughout its life, and is all the classier for it. A press of the button sees the glass window at the back swing upwards. The deck lid hinges back, and the roof performs a beautiful ballet before the decklid lowers gracefully back in to place. Meanwhile, the windows that had dropped ever so slightly, raise themselves in a well choreographed dénouement.
There is nothing precocious or jarring about the delicious exterior.
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