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Straight 5 Engine Convertible Cars:
Something of a rarity, the five cylinder engine is traditionally used by both Audi and Volvo although a number of other manufacturers have experimented with them. The earliest designs date back to Henry Ford concepts of the 1930s. The unusual number of cylinders is selected based on a compromise between the smoothness of a six cylinder engine and the economy and compact nature of a straight four. For this reason the layout works particularly well with diesel cars.
There haven’t been many 5 cylinder convertible cars but the straight 5 layout produces a pleasant and distinctive exhaust note. Perhaps the best known five cylinder car is the Audi Quattro rally car and its road coupe equivalent. Audi recently revived the concept for a performance engine and it is used in some of their smaller RS cars.
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Straight 5 Convertible Car Buyer's Guide
The Convertible Car Magazine Buyer's Guide is a reference for all production convertibles currently available. Here we look at the best Straight 5 powered convertibles on the market. See our News section for information on the latest convertible cars before they reach showrooms.