You know how Audi said the S5 would be offered in Europe exclusively with a diesel engine? It turns out that’s not entirely true. While I was doing some research for another story, I discovered a rather interesting model in the online configurator of Audi Deutschland. While the S5 Coupe and S5 Sportback are both listed as having a TDI engine, the S5 Cabriolet carries the TFSI suffix. That’s right – a gasoline engine.
My initial thought was that Audi simply made a mistake and forgot to put the same technical specifications the other two S5 models have. However, after checking out the company’s official regional websites in Italy and France, I discovered the S5 Cabriolet was also listed with the gasoline engine, specifically the 3.0 TFSI producing 354 horsepower and 500 Newton-meters (369 pound-feet) of torque. It’s the same powertrain you’ll find in the S5 sold in North America and other markets outside of Europe.
I still wasn’t convinced, so I decided to contact someone at Audi Deutschland to find out whether the S5 Cabriolet is indeed offered with a gasoline engine. Long story short, it is. Stefanie Melander, spokeswoman for the A4 and A5 lineups, told QuattroDaily in an e-mail the S5 does come with the TFSI powertrain, explaining why:
“The Audi S5 Cabriolet is offered with a TFSI engine as well in Germany. The S5 Sportback in Germany will be offered with a TDI engine. The 3.0 TFSI with its smooth running characteristics and the highly cultivated overall character is simply a better fit for the open S5. With an output of 260 kW (354 metric hp) and 500 Nm (368.8 lb-ft) of torque, it also meets all requirements in terms of dynamism. As you know, the markets outside of Europe are spark-ignition engine markets anyway.”
So there you have it – you can still buy an Audi S5 in some parts of Europe without having to put diesel in it, just as long as you can live without the fixed metal roof.