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New A3 Cabriolet Officially Unveiled

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New headlights are nice - wonder how long till they are added on to the rest of the A3 range

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That thing is as ugly as the 1 series coupe. No thanks.

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Hmmm, I think this car looks good. Personally it's not really my 'cup of tea', but to me it looks much better than the rendering pics and far better than the 1.gif cabrio.

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far better than the 1.gif cabrio.

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Well, we'll have to disagree, JC 169144-ok.gif

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That's what I reckon, but then that would leave it in line with the S3 which has got Simon Cowell trousers anyway...

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I can see a whole new business for people modding back to smaller mirrors appearing. ices_blah.gif Car looks better than I was expecting, no info on S3 Cab though.

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Looks a bit like an astra with the roof cut off...

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So you dont think it looks like an A3 with the roof cut off? UHOH7.GIFcoffee.gif

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I think that with a few tweaks they could make a very good S3 out of this. beefier front and all.

However, I wish car makers would realise that along with black plastic door handles the only other thing that ages a car in looks is a visible yellow on the rear lights for the indicators (Like Z8 bmw or first A160 merc). Keep LED and nice monotone rear lights which rely on the lamp to change the colour.

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A new addition to the A3 range, the Audi A3 Cabriolet, has been unveiled today at the Audi factory

in Györ, Hungary.

This exciting new A3 variant builds on the outstanding success of its siblings and will attract a new

customer base by offering a compact premium Cabriolet with great functionality and versatility to

complement the stunning design of the car.

Vehicle Details

The A3 Cabriolet continues Audi’s strategy of having an electrically folding fabric roof on all its

convertibles. The roof on the A3 Cabriolet features an innovative Z-fold mechanism resulting in no

intrusion in to the car’s already excellent boot space when folded. Due to this innovative system the

roof needs no tonneau or cover when folded shut. Furthermore the roof can be opened in just 9

seconds, making it by far the fastest opening roof in the segment.

Exterior Features

The exterior design of the car is also subtly different from the A3 3 door and Sportback. The rear

features a new light cluster creating a perception of increased width, and unique ‘light strips’

providing the car with plenty of individualism. The front of the car features a modified headlight

design (with optional Xenon headlights including LED daytime running lights) and a stronger

integration of the trademark Audi single-frame front grille.

Interior Features

The interior of the A3 Cabriolet enhances Audi’s reputation for building world-class interiors and

accentuates the premium and sporty character of the car. The Cabriolet’s interior features subtle

yet stylish enhancements over the existing A3 range. Rear seat space is excellent due to the design

of the roof, and the car offers a highly competitive level of legroom.

Another unique selling point (USP) of the car is the wide through-load system. With the seats folded

flat, and the through-load system in use, the luggage space of the car is increased to 674 litres,

and the load length is increased by 150 centimetres. With the roof down the A3 Cabriolet has a

boot space of 252 litres, making it the largest in the segment.

Engines and Transmission

At launch the A3 Cabriolet will be available with a choice of 4 engines, 2 petrol and 2 diesel:

• 1.8 TFSI 160PS

• 2.0 TFSI 200PS

• 1.9 TDI 105PS

• 2.0 TDI 140PS

The 2.0 TDI 140PS is a member of the new generation of common-rail diesel engines that feature

greater efficiency and responsiveness, as well as significantly improved acoustic characteristics.

Each of the above engines, with the exception of the 1.9 TDI, is available with the option of a 6-

speed manual transmission or the acclaimed 6-speed semi-automatic S tronic gearbox. The 1.9 TDI

is only available with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

Technical Information for the above engines will be published at a later date.

Options and Specification

Initially the A3 Cabriolet will be available in two trim levels: Standard and Sport. Please see below

some key items of specification. Full specification will be published at a later date:

A3 Cabriolet Standard:

• Fully Automatic Electric Roof with manual locking mechanism.

• 16” Alloy Wheels – New Design

• Illuminated Vanity Mirrors

• 4-spoke Leather Steering Wheel

• Manual Air-Conditioning

A3 Cabriolet Sport

• Fully Automatic Acoustic Electric Roof with electric locking mechanism.

• 17” Alloy Wheels – New Design

• 3-spoke Leather Sports Steering Wheel

• Wind Deflector

• Driver’s Information System

• Dual-zone Electronic Climate Control

• Aluminium, Medial Silver Inlays

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"unique ‘light strips’ providing the car with plenty of individualism."

well they can justify it any way they want. they didn't have to colour it orange. Red and white, ok, all greyed/frosted red ok. but orange lol.

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Looks like a noddy car. Surely the rear seats are so silly that a TT Roadster is a better buy?

PS I wonder how many people will spend £2k on full nav for a car at that price point?

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