Senner Tuning: RS5 Convertible – Styling for the open-air season
At long last: We have finally left the cold season behind us and just in
time for the “start of the season” at the beginning of March, the first open
Convertibles could already be seen plying our streets under the bright
sunshine and temperatures ways beyond the 20-degrees limit. The Audi
RS5 Convertible belongs to the high-end segment of the open-sports racing
cars. The company Senner Tuning from Ingelheim has set itself the task of
discreetly refining a copy of the racy, four-seat folding roof.
With the single-part MB DESIGN KV 1 in deep concave, the rim design of
the coming season has found its way into the wheel houses of the phantom
black fresh air bolide! The team around Benno Senner combined all-round,
the single-part measuring 10.5x20 inches with the Dunlop Sport Maxx
GT high-performance tire of the dimension 275/30R20. A KW coilover kit
of variation 3 that can be adjusted between rebound and compression
damping endows the Convertible which weighs almost 2 tons, with a
palpably dynamic cornering behavior without seriously impeding driving
comfort. A discreet spoiler tear-off edge made of semi-gloss carbon clearly
crowns the baggage compartment lid. The exterior design is complemented
by an LED number-plate illumination.
Even though the 4.2 liter V8 under the engine hood of the RS5 is a
naturally aspirated high-rev engine – and immense performance boost is of
course, not easy to achieve under such circumstances, as with a charged
power unit – Senner succeeded in boosting the power of the eight-pointer
from the standard 450 to the present 504 horse power using software
optimization and the installation of additional components. Parallel to this,
the maximum torque of the engine that was ornamented with a decorative
carbon cover grew from 430 to the present 478 Newton meter. Moreover, a
power converter sharpens the characteristic line of the gas pedal and thus
generates a more spontaneous response behavior.
Undoubtedly, the valve-type sports exhaust system with a regulatory
system that is adapted to the back pressure including front muffler, whose
three sound modes “travel, sports and race” cannot only be switched at
random but can also be visualized even in the MMI display plays a major
role in the performance boost.
Of course, the power treatment is also reflected in the driving performance:
If the RS5 previously required 4.9 seconds in the standard production
status, to accelerate from 0 to 100 k.p.h., it now covers the standard sprint
in just 4.2 seconds. Moreover, the Convertible breaks through the 300
k.p.h. speedometer limit whenever desired thanks to the elimination of
the Vmax limitation. It is therefore a positive actuality that the ceramic
brake system waiting behind the front wheels also generates the relevant
deceleration that is commensurate to the forward thrust whenever required.
The DVD activation enables the pleasure of blockbusters also while
driving. And of course, since such a Convertible unfolds its full attraction
only after it has been opened, Senner Tuning also installed a convertible
soft top control module of the latest generation to facilitate a comfortable
open-air delight. This does not only enable the opening and closing of the
“Textile hood” at the push of a button through the original remote control
but also while driving at up to 60 k.p.h.. Operating processes are also
acknowledged optically and/or acoustically whenever required.
The overall costs of conversion add up to EUR 14,900 including 19% VAT.