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by Tim Beissmann

After months of speculation we now have definitive evidence that the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet is on the way.

These official patent images, first published by Carscoop, reveal all angles of the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet. They come just days after the 2012 Audi RS 5 coupe made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The hot convertible features the Audi A5/S5 MY12 facelift design, incorporating a sharper headlight assembly, a revised hexagonal grille and remodelled front and rear bumpers.

Don’t expect any surprises under the bonnet. The RS 5 Cabriolet will get the same naturally aspirated 4.2-litre V8 as the RS 5 coupe, meaning 331kW of power (at 8250rpm) and 430Nm peak torque (4000-6000rpm).

Even if the RS 5 Cabriolet drops a few tenths compared with the coupe’s sprint, we can still expect a 0-100km/h acceleration of around 4.8 seconds, putting it on par with the Jaguar XKR Convertible.

The Audi RS 5 Cabriolet promises to take the topless A5 range to a new level. Currently, the most powerful variant is the S5 Cabriolet, which packs a 245kW/440Nm supercharged V6.

Audi is yet to official details of the new model, but expect a production model to show its face in the not too distant future.

When it arrives in Australia, the RS 5 Cabriolet will be priced slightly higher than the RS 5 coupe, pointing towards a starting price of around $180,000.




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