THE Audi A3 Cabriolet, with its elegant fabric hood and active roll-over protection system, completes the A3 family. The sporty, multi-faceted, compact four-seater impresses at first glance with its flowing lines and soft top.
It is also at the top of its class technically - with systematic lightweight design, new engines and assistance systems. There will be two TFSI engines available in South Africa, namely the 1.4T FSI (92kW) and the 1.8T FSI (132kW), the same range of engines available in other Audi A3 models.
All engines in the new Audi A3 Cabriolet combine the technologies of direct injection, turbocharging and a start-stop-system. Both TFSI engines will be available in manual and S tronic. On average, the two engines offered at market launch have 12 percent better fuel economy than the engines in the previous model - and they do so while improving driving performance.
The ESC stabilisation control system integrates an electronic limited slip differential - this makes handling even smoother and safer at the vehicle’s cornering limits while driving fast through curves.
The new Audi A3 Cabriolet has grown compared to the previous model due to the fact that it is based on the Audi A3 Sedan. Its length has increased from 4.24 to 4.42 metres, its wheelbase from 2.58 to 2.60 metres and its width from 1.77 to 1.79 metres. Only its height (1.41 metres) was reduced by 15 millimetres, giving the four-seat convertible a more elegant and sporty exterior appearance.
The front of the Audi A3 Cabriolet is characterised by the Audi trademark singleframe grille and a more pronounced bonnet. Audi offers full LED headlights as an optional extra, the only manufacturer to offer these in the premium compact segment. The new A3 Cabriolet has a soft cloth top that is stretched over a lightweight kinematic mechanism made of magnesium-steel which complements the car's design perfectly.
At the press of a button, the top opens electro-hydraulically in 17 seconds while driving up to 50 km/h. The roof can be closed in just 18 seconds. In the opened state, the top - folded into three layers - rests in a tray that barely affects luggage capacity.