Audi RS5 Cabriolet 2014

Naturally aspirated big V-8s are slowly falling by the wayside as manufacturers demand more from every cubic centimeter in preparation for 2016 and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, which will demand an average of 35.5 miles per gallon. The effects can be seen in nearly every lineup. As for Audi, the TT RS is gone and the S4 is sticking with six cylinders, leaving us to wonder how long the RS5 will continue to motor about with its big V-8. This is all the more reason to take advantage of the new-for-2014 cabriolet. It retains all the coupe’s goodies. The 4.2-liter V-8 is shared with the R8, but actually makes more power: 450 in the RS5 versus 430 in the R8. Quattro all-wheel-drive is standard, normally sending 60 percent of the torque to the rear, but offering the ability to reroute 70 percent of the power to the front if it senses slippage. It all runs through a double-clutch transmission, the RS5’s only option. The car’s convertible top does add a few hundred pounds, but it’s a mild price to pay for clear access to the savory sound of that naturally aspirated big V-8.Audi RS5 Cabriolet 2014 photoAudi RS5 Cabriolet 2014 roof downAudi RS5 Cabriolet 2014 roof upAudi RS5 Cabriolet 2014 interior

Price: $78,000
Engine: 4.2-liter V-8
Horsepower: 450
0-60: 4.9 seconds
Top Speed: 174 mph (limited)
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
Torque: 317 foot-pounds