The car is now based on the Audi A3 Saloon, not the hatchback. This essentially means that the cabriolet model is around 200 mm longer than it was before, with a wheelbase that is 20mm longer. Though despite the large footprint of the model, the brand new chassis that is used is a lot lighter, so the company have achieved a weight saving of 50kg.
As with the old Audi A3 Cabriolet, the vehicle is a soft top
As with the old Audi A3 Cabriolet, the vehicle is a soft top model which is able to be opened and closed in less than 18 seconds, even when the vehicle is driving at speeds upto 30 miles per hour. The roof is able to fold into a tray that is concealed in the boot of the car, rather than being on top of the rear deck. The chrome rollover hoops that were featured in the previous model have been changed to two spring loaded bars, that are completely concealed out of sight.
The soft top, which is finished in black, is able to be upgraded to an acoustic roof which has a thicker foam layer which boosts the refinement, this roof comes in brown, grey or block. Higher specification vehicles also get a wind deflector as standard. Audi will also be offering head level heating for the front seats, as an extra.
When the car is launched early 2014, it will be available only with the most compelling engines from the Audi A3 line up, an 138 brake horsepower 1.4 TFSI and 178 brake horsepower 1.8 litre TFSI petrol engines, or an 161 brake horsepower 2.0 litre TDI diesel engine.
There will be other engines offered after the first Audi A3 Cabriolet deliveries
There will be other engines offered shortly after first delivery, including the 109 brake horsepower 1.6 TDI. There will also be an S3 Cabriolet model following later, which will use the same 296 brake horsepower 2.0 litre TFSI engine as the Audi S3 and Audi S3 Sportback models. It will have quattro four wheel drive along with a six speed S tronic box and will be able to cover 0-62 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds.
Audi have not yet revealed a price for the Audi A3 Cabriolet in the United Kingdom, though the newcomer will be costing from around 31,700 Euros in Germany, which equates to around £25,000.