Note this 450HP car lacks a manual option — perfect for you poseurs — and that means that the Audi RS5 is off my short wish list of cars.

Audi RS5: Speed and style in the open air

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2013 Audi RS5 Cabriolet – WINDING ROAD POV Test Drive

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7 Responses to “Audi RS5 Cabriolet”

  1. DrSandman says:

    Actually, the fact that the top has been cut off makes the “R” version of the S4 a poseur car, irregardless of the transmission choice.

    A BMW exec was quoted several years ago, in reference to the convertible M3, that it was dynamically horrible, didn’t drive well, and shook itself to death, but they had a certain clientele of very wealthy people who demanded a convertible.

    • Thats a fair point — but only if your engineers blow. There are lots of droptops that are rock solid bank vault solid. The Boxster/911, MB SL, BMW 650, even the Bentley GT and Aston Martin have little flex or vibration, feeling like they are hewn from solid billets of steel.

      If BMW chose to make a crappy M3 convertible, well, that’s their choice.

      • DrSandman says:

        Hear, hear! Agreed, of course.

        But each of the those stellar examples started life either without a roof, or with the support structures for topless motoring built in from the get go, rather than retrofitted. I would tend to disagree about the 650, but that’s more to do with sterile feedback from the wheel rather than the flimsy convertible.

  2. speedius says:

    I used to have a fairly limited definition of “driver’s car”, dictated mostly by what my favorite car magazines were selling. Over the years, I have come to realize that a driver’s car is precisely that: a car owned by someone who likes to drive. It doesn’t need to be unattainable by 99 percent of the population or have any particular drivetrain configuration to put a smile on your face.

  3. Todd in SM says:

    Love you Barry, but your bias against auto shifters is misplaced these days. Electronic shifting is just as dynamic when done right. Prefer it on the wheel, but this style is useful as well

  4. mrflash818 says:

    This is a video of the ride that I took with a professional driver around the Nordschleife (North Loop) of the Nürburgring. The car was a 450 horsepower, 4 wheel drive Audi RS5.

    http://youtu.be/Dt5LqBIoyEc