Audi A5 & S5 Convertible

I took a look at the S5 Convertible spy pics with a great deal of interest: http://www.worldcarfans.com/9081017.001/audi-s5-convertible-finally-spied-in-the-open

It lands for MY10, which I think that translates to Sept 09 if my knowledge of German car manufacturing cycles is correct. My car's 4 year anniversary will be Feb '12 which means there will be a few 2 year old S5 Convertibles coming onto the used car market.

Whilst the S5's V8 sounds good, with fuel prices likely to go up and down like a yo-yo in the coming years, I'd guess that a 3.2 FSI might be the best engine choice (if this article is on the money). Checking out Wikipedia on the engines... the 4.2 FSI does sound tempting... :-)

Assuming it is aimed at the BMW335 and Mercedes CLK350 niche in Australia, and looking at S5 4.2 FSI quattro tiptronic coupe pricing (A$136,314 plus options & on-roads), it should come in under A$170k loaded on-road (the A5 3.2 FSI quattro tiptronic around A$120k).

Checking out drive.com.au prices on A4 cabriolets, I'd estimate after 2 years, the S5 convertible will be about $80-130k depending on mileage, options, colours, etc. Combined with a used Audi R8, that could be a good replacement for the SLK55. Mmm.

From the blogosphere ramblings, it would appear Audi are doing the right thing and going with a fabric roof instead of a metal one (yes, your butt does look fat with that roof). I think folding metal roofs should be limited to two seaters who have less roof to put away.

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