Audi A3 Cabriolet

By Kevin Miller


Today Audi premiered their A3 Cabriolet at the factory Győr, Hungary, where that vehicle is being produced. That factory opened in 1998, and has produced Audi TT Coupe and Roadster since then at a rate of up to 300 vehicles per day. Sales of the A3 Cabriolet will begin in Germany in February, 2008.

The A3 Cabriolet is an attractive vehicle, and its shape is clearly Audi. It incorporates headlamps with LED daytime running lights like the R8, A4, and A5, and tail lamps with a ring-like profile as seen on the A5. The interior continues the Audi-family theme, with an attractive and ergonomically-designed dash, and available red leather interior. The car’s fairly short overall length means that there is very little rear decklid behind the convertible top’s fabric. Rather than simply looking small, though, that design feature helps the car look compact, sporty, and sleek.

The A3 Cabriolet employs a fabric convertible top, which is available in semi-automatic and fullyautomatic versions, in the latter instance as a specially soundproofed acoustic roof which contains an extra layer of acoustically-insulating synthetic fiber. Evidently the less-expensive versions of the A3 Cabriolet will be noisier to drive with the top closed. An interesting feature is that the rear seat backs can be folded down, increasing the luggage capacity from 260 to 674 litres – whether the roof is up or down.

The A3 Cabriolet is being built in four engine versions – two petrol and two TDI. They combine ample power with impressive efficiency. All of them are direct injection units with turbocharging. The performance range extends from 77 kW (105 bhp) to 147 kW (200 bhp). As an option, the innovative S tronic dual-clutch gearbox takes charge of applying the engine’s power to the front wheels.

Audi claims this car is the premium option in the compact convertible class- it certainly looks the part.

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Author: Kevin Miller

As Autosavant’s resident Swedophile, Kevin has an acute affinity for Saabs, with a mild case of Volvo-itis as well. Aside from covering most Saab-related news for Autosavant, Kevin also reviews cars and covers industry news. His “Great Drive” series, with maps and directions included, is a reader favorite.

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  1. But if you buy the A3 because you want a small car with hatchback utility, and then the hatchback goes away because it’s now a convertible, then how many people will want that instead of the Audi A4 convertible or Audi TT Convertible?

  2. Audi seems to be bringing out a model for every niche and every segment. More ammunition for thei plan of world domination of the luxury car market.

  3. I would like to see a larger hatchback available in the Audi range. Acrually, a larger hatchback in any good quality model line would be welcome, I don’t care which company it comes from as long as it’s a good model.

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