Nestled snugly between the A4 and A6 sedans sits the 2012 Audi A5 ($47,500 and up). This mid-range two-door sports new front and rear end treatments, including LED daytime running lights, new colors, and a meaner look for the sporty S5. Other features include your choice between a 170hp 1.8 TFSI engine, a 211hp 2.0 TFSI, a supercharged 3.0 TFSI v6 good for 272hp, the 204hp, 3.0 turbo diesel, or the 333hp 3.0 TSFI of the S5, a six-speed manual, multitronic, or seven-speed S tronic transmission, front-wheel drive or quattro four-wheel drive, and sportback, coupe, or cabriolet bodies, as well as a host of electronic niceties that will please even the biggest gadget aficionados.
Let's see... you need a ridiculously fast car, with open-air credentials, and the ability to haul four people around comfortably. The Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet (€478,000; roughly $670,000) meets all these criteria and more. Based on the E-Class Cabriolet, the 800 sports a 788hp engine based on the V12 of the S 600, improved aerodynamics thanks to body modifications, 10-inch-wide, 19-inch wheels, a custom high-performance braking system, and the ability to go from 0-62 mph in just 3.7 seconds on your way to a top speed of 231.