2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet revealed ahead of LA auto show

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The third and final body style for Audi’s second-generation A5, the Cabriolet, has been revealed.

The car will be appearing in both regular and sporty S5 trim for the first time in the public eye at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show, where it will join the A5 coupe and potentially the A5 Sportback when the show kicks off on November 14.

There are no surprises here regarding the car’s design. Like the previous model, the new A5 Cabriolet dons an automated soft-top roof, padded with extra insulation to ensure it blocks out traffic and wind noise.

There is also a new one-touch opening function. Just a quick pull of the switch is all it takes to open the roof in 15 seconds or close it in 18 seconds—even while driving at speeds of up to 30 mph.

Powertrain options for the United States should match those of the coupe, meaning a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 with 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque in the A5 Cabriolet and a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 354 hp and 369 lb-ft in the S5 Cabriolet. With the latter, owners can expect 0-62 mph acceleration in 5.1 seconds and a governed top speed of 155 mph. Further down the track we should see a new generation of the RS 5 Cabriolet.

Underpinning the car is the latest version of the Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform designed for front-wheel-drive cars with longitudinal-mounted engines. Thanks to an intelligent mix of materials in the construction, weight is down despite the car’s size and stiffness being up. It’s still no lightweight, though. The lightest version is about 3,725 lb.

In the cabin, you’ll find technologies like a digital instrument cluster, head-up display, and seat belt microphones for voice activation that are said to function even with the roof down. Speaking of which, there’s around 13.4 cubic feet of storage in the trunk with the roof down and this can be expanded thanks to split-fold rear seats.

The new A5 Cabriolet should be in showrooms in time for the summer of 2017. It will arrive as a 2018 model.

To learn about some of the other vehicles appearing at the L.A. auto show, head to our dedicated hub.

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