The all-new Audi A3 Cabriolet can now be ordered with a starting price of £25,790 OTR, with first deliveries slated to begin in April 2014. Based on the A3 Saloon, the A3 Cabriolet allows for a complete concealment of the fast-retracting fabric hood. It comes available with a wide choice of engines and package of technological innovations found on larger Audi models.
It features a soft yet extremely hard-wearing fabric roof stretched over a lightweight kinematic mechanism made from magnesium-steel. This fabric roof could be completely stretched open in less than 18 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. At a push of a button, the fabric hood could be retracted and completely concealed in a tray without affecting luggage capacity, which is estimated at around 275 liters.
Coming as standard to UK Sport and S line versions of the new A3 Cabriolet and as an option for SE models is a second sound-absorbent acoustic soft top that features three-layer inner padding. This acoustic soft top is available in black, grey and brown, with the roof liner available in black or lunar silver.
All versions of the A3 Cabriolet boast of an active rollover protection system comprised of two spring-loaded plates recessed into the body that protect occupants in the event of a rollover accident. The entry level version of the A3 Cabriolet weighs just 1,365 kg, around 50 kg lighter than its equivalent predecessor, while boasting of increased dimensions and improved comfort.
Despite special reinforcements to optimize torsional rigidity, the body-in-white weighs 30 kg less, partly thanks to its aluminum bonnet. Audi also significantly reduced the weight of the interior and the engines. The new A3 Cabriolet will be available with a choice of SE, Sport or S line specification.
Coming as standard equipment for the entry level are the fully automatic black-finished hood, 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning and a MMI radio that features an 11mm -thick powered folding screen. Also coming as standard are Audi Music Interface iPod connection, DAB digital radio, a Bluetooth interface, preparation for SD card-based navigation and a light and rain sensor package.