2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet Takes V8 Power Topless

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Needless to say, Audi’s RS5 is an exciting car thanks in no small part to its 4.2-liter naturally aspirated V8.

Open-air addicts might not feel like that’s quite enough to please, though, and starting in 2014, there’s an answer to that – the 2014 RS5 Cabriolet. Packing the same drivetrain – and the same thrills – but with a soft top.

That translates to 450 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque pumping through Audi’s rear-biased Quattro all-wheel drive. Audi’s RS vehicles are typically only in production for a short period of time – think one to two years – helping to encourage the get-it-while-its-hot mentality.

Audi hasn’t said what the Cabriolet’s top speed is, but it seems likely that the car will come in somewhat lower than the coupe’s 174 mph limit.

Shifting occurs through Audi’s seven-speed S-tronic transmission which can shift itself, or can be changed into manual mode for fast gear changes via wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

GALLERY: 2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet

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Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

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