8F7 Audi RS5 Cabriolet debuts Audi Connect system for Australia

Audi new performance convertible, the RS5 Cabrio, not only offers Aussie buyers a highly strung V8 engine, but also their first taste of the Audi Connect system.


Like the RS5 coupe, and the RS4 sedan and wagon, the RS5 cabrio is powered by a 4.2-litre V8 with 331kW of power and 430Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, branded S-Tronic. The RS5 cabrio can sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. Driven considerably more lightly the RS5 might come close to its official fuel economy rating of 10.7L/100km.

The RS5 comes in just one specification priced at A$175,900 — a staggering A$20,000 more than the equivalent RS5 coupe. Standard kit includes 19-inch alloy wheels, lowered sports suspension, uprated braking package, xenon headlights that swivel with steering input, reversing camera and parking sensors, heated front and rear sports seats with neck warmers, wind deflector, flat-bottomed steering wheel, and LED tail-lights.

The entertainment system features Audi’s MMI controller, sat nav, 20GB of hard disk space dedicated to music storage, 2 SD card slot, digital USB/iPod connectivity, Bluetooth for hands-free and audio streaming, 6-channel amp, 10 speakers including a subwoofer and 180W output rating.

Audi Connect is an A$800 option and allows the RS5 cabrio to operate as a internet-connected Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as connect to online services, such as Google search, Google Earth, Google Street View, Panoramio photos and Wikipedia information. The company is looking to include services that are available overseas, such as internet-relayed traffic info, into the Australian package in the future.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]