Top class Audi A3 Cabriolet

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Sporty, versatile and elegant – the new A3 Cabriolet is appealing at first glance with its flowing lines and soft top.

Sporty, versatile and elegant – the new A3 Cabriolet is appealing at first glance with its flowing lines and soft top.

The open-top four-seater is also at the top of its class technically – with systematic lightweight design, highly efficient engines and high-performance assistance systems.

In time for summer 2014, the new A3 Cabriolet range is now open for orders. Priced from €36,710 OTR, the latest soft-top A3 is based on the A3 Saloon Platform meaning enhanced levels of comfort and noise insulation in addition to greater boot and luggage space.

A soft but extremely hard-wearing fabric roof stretched over a lightweight kinematic mechanism made of magnesium-steel opens the new Cabriolet to the elements fully automatically in a little under 18 seconds at speeds of up to 50kph. At 320 litres, the new Audi has more boot space than its predecessor and also has increased levels of cabin space

Safety is naturally paramount. In all models an active rollover protection system consisting of two spring-loaded plates that are recessed into the body protects occupants in case of a rollover accident.

A comprehensive choice of engines and an array of technological innovations adopted from the larger Audi models also transfers from the four-door A3. The entry A3 Cabriolet weighs just 1,365 kilograms – around 50 kilograms less than its equivalent predecessor despite its increased dimensions and improved comfort. Even taking into account special reinforcements to maximise torsional rigidity, the body shell weighs 30 kilograms less than previously, helped by its aluminium bonnet.

In common with rest of the A3 family, the new Cabriolet will be available with a choice of Entry, SE, or S line specification. Standard equipment at entry level includes the fully automatic hood, 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, the MMI radio incorporating a power folding screen, Audi Music Interface iPod connection, a Bluetooth interface and a driver’s information display with efficiency mode.

For an extra €1,350, customers can specify an SE version and avail of rear parking sensors, cruise control, 3D look inlays, leather-like upholstery and a colour driver information system.

Interior highlights of the S line specification include part-leather-upholstery embossed with the S line logo and an S line sports steering wheel. Outside, 18-inch alloy wheels, S line body styling and xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lamps create that sporty and stylish look customers demand.

The highly efficient 140PS 1.4 TFSI is either linked to a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed S-Tronic variant. It powers the new premium compact soft-top to 100kph in 9.1 seconds and yet achieves up to 4.9 l/100km with CO2 emissions of just 114 g/km, which means the petrol model qualifies for only €200 for annual motor tax. A key contributor to this impressive efficiency is Audi Cylinder-on-Demand (CoD) technology, which imperceptibly deactivates two of the engine’s cylinders under part-load.

The economy champion in the launch range will be the manual transmission-equipped 2.0 TDI with 150PS, offering combined fuel consumption of 4.2l/100km and CO2 emissions of 110g/km.

A comprehensive choice of engines and an array of technological innovations also transfers from the four-door A3.