2014 AUDI A3 CABRIOLET
UPDATE: Australian details confirmed. See bottom of article.
Another member of the Audi family has gone topless this week, with the unveiling of the new 2014 A3 Cabriolet at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The A3 Cabrio shares its platform with the longer sedan, allowing for a more lifestyle-oriented approach that gives it greater interior space, a bigger boot - and a bigger look.
Thanks to Volkswagen's MQB platform, the new Cabrio is also lighter than its predecessor by around 50kg, despite its larger dimensions.
The focal point of any convertible is of course its disappearing roof, and the A3 Cabrio features a soft-top that folds up or away in less than 18 seconds while travelling at up to 50km/h.
Engine options in the European market will include 103kW and 132kW four-cylinder petrol engines, along with a 110kW turbodiesel.
A smaller 80kW diesel engine will be available sometime after launch, and fans of top-down performance can look forward to a 221kW S3 model later in 2014.
Depending on the model, transmission options in the regular range will include a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto.
The S3 will get a six-speed dual-clutch auto however, promising a 5.4 second sprint to 100km/h and 7.1 l/100km fuel consumption figures.
The S3 will of course ride on Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system, and the technology will feature in other A3 Cabrio models after launch.
Audi has today confirmed the A3 Cabriolet will come to Australia in the fourth quarter of 2014. That's a full year from now, but fans will be pleased to know that the S3 Cabriolet will also hit Australia for the first time.
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