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AUDI A5 CONVERTIBLE, COUPE IN A CLASS OF THEIR OWN

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Enjoying the best of both worlds. That is how we felt when Audi first sent over the 2018 A5 Cabriolet (convertible). Then, within a month, the German carmaker dispatched the A5 coupe (base price $42,800) for us to enjoy. And we had a blast in both vehicles, which share a 2.0-liter direct-injection, inline-4 cylinder turbo engine offering 252 horsepower @ 6000 rpm and 273 pounds-feet of torque @ 4500 rpm. They can take off from 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds with top speed of 130 mph, a laudable feat for a 3,990-pound vehicle. A power-folding soft top in the convertible retracts under 15 seconds at speeds of up to 30 mph.
Providing peace of mind in any road situation or weather condition is the legendary quattro permanent all-wheel drive. A 7-speed S tronic auto transmission with manual and sport modes results in a quiet drive train. An all-new independent five-link front and rear steel spring suspension effectively absorbs road imperfections. The electromechanical power steering is always willing to change directions when you turn the wheel. The driver can select comfort, dynamic, auto and individual modes.
The aggressively-styled A5 sports a massive single-frame Audi grille flanked by horizontal xenon auto headlights and splitter and flat fog lamps, a rakish roofline, LED tail lamps and dual exhaust tips. The well-crafted and intelligently-designed cabin is awash in amenities such as a 10-way power heated front seats, tri-zone auto a/c, aluminum inlays on instrument cluster and a/c gauges, sunroof with retractable shade, tilt/telescopic steering column with paddle shifters and driver information center. Though rear-seat passenger space is restricted, there is plenty of room in the trunk.
In the event of a possible collision, Audi pre sense basic detects an emergency maneuver and prepares the vehicle and its occupants. Dual front and side airbags, front knee airbags, side curtain airbag, stability and traction control, front three-point safety belts, front/rear limited-slip differential, four-wheel antilock brakes, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights are standard.
Open-air motoring buffs, if you are looking to catch some sun and the attention of bystanders, your ride has arrived. Those who prefer the coupe will be equally thrilled with this peppy, rev-happy and luxurious A5.

A5 CABRIOLET
Tires: 245/40R18
Wheelbase: 108.9 inches
Length: 184 inches
Fuel capacity: 15.3 gallons
City: 24 mpg
Highway: 34 mpg
Base price: $48,600
Web site: www.audiusa.com

CALLING ALL AUDI DEALERS IN THE WEST CENTRAL AREA: if you would like to be listed here as one of the test-drive dealerships, e-mail us at motoringtampabay@gmail.com