2010 Audi S5 Cabriolet
Ten degrees and raining isn’t exactly cabriolet weather, but we’re in Monaco, so the top must go down – we won’t let a little rain douse our plans to play juniorleague race driver. Besides, the S5 pipes warm air around your neck to keep things toasty. It’s easy to fall for the torquey, supercharged V6, particularly when it’s paired to the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. As we bomb toward the Grand Hotel hairpin, four quick toggles of the left paddle produce downshifts and fuel our inner Schumacher. You can feel the sport differential squelching understeer as you unwind the wheel for the straight. There’s a race-car-like pop between each ultraquick upshift, further solidifying our F1 fantasies. Check the option box for Audi’s Drive Select, and you’ll be able to vary steering and throttle response, as well as shock stiffness, transmission shift points and even the tenacity of the aforementioned sport differential with the push of a button. The Quattro all-wheel-drive system now has a 40:60 torque distribution, to help mimic rear-drive.