Audi A3 Cabriolet
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 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.