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2010-09-09 08:54

Lusting after an RS5 cabriolet? This Senner A5 2.0T is about as close as you’ll get.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer AUDI
Model Senner A5
Engine 2l turbo
Power 202kW
Torque 430Nm
Audi cabriolets have always been a strong image aggregator for the brand.

The company’s 80 series soft-top, for instance, soldiered on way past its sell-by date due to strong demand.

Currently the company’s suave soft-top fare is headlined (discounting the mad R8 Spyder) by the A5 range.

Hardcore cabriolets

Since the departure of the RS4 soft-top, Audi's four-seater cabriolet range has lacked a really hardcore performance alternative.

Sure, the S4 soft-top is a great car, but it is not a true RS product.

Would it not be great if the RS5's looks could be transposed onto the A5 cabriolet's structure, for instance?

Fortunately, an aftermarket tuning specialist now has a package available to do just that.

Heightening the A5 cabriolet’s appeal even more is the latest aftermarket kit available from German tuner Senner, based in Ingelheim.

Offered in either A5 or S-line trim, this latest Senner tuning option gives the striking A5 range a considerable increase in street cred.

Cosmetically the Senner stylists have detailed the fluid A5 lines with arresting details, which should be quite familiar in outline to Audi acolytes. 

Viewed front-on, it is immediately obvious that Senner copied the discontinued RS6’s front spoiler design, framed it with an RS5 type grille and side mirrors all whilst harmonising the styling changes with a new rear valance and more defined diffuser fins.

Split-rim alloy wheels measuring 20-inches (rolling Vredestein tyres) complete the Senner A5 styling package.

A set of performance air filters, liberal ECU remapping and custom stainless steel exhaust system boost power for the 2.0T from 155- to 202kW, with torque peaking at 430Nm for the Senner tuned cabriolet.

Despite the increase in power, you'll struggle to break traction thanks to those huge 295/25 profile Vredestein tyres rolling at the back.

So, if you are after RS5 cabriolet looks with reasonable performance this Senner kit is a neat package.

It may garner some RS appeal to the elegant A5 range, yet it is not cheap at all, the conversion retailing for R180 000.


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