For the first time ever, the Audi A3 cabriolet will be offered as an S3. It will be four-wheel drive and will deliver 296bhp. Meanwhile, the new cabriolet (which has more power) will be presented this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It was spied to feature quad tailpipes. The cabrio is based on the new A3 saloon. It’s likely to have a bigger boot space than the old model, which has already stopped production.
Because of switching to the saloon body, the car becomes a bit longer too. The two cars will be produced at the same plant located in Hungary. The new model will keep the existing car’s fabric roof in order to maintain its weight and complexity as well as its costs. The S3 cabrio is believed to offer a strong performance.
The S3 hatch, when equipped with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox, can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 5.1sec. This means that the cabrio is easily capable of hitting a time of less than 5.5 seconds.
Cars that have the standard six-speed manual will be slightly slower. The engines for the standard A3 cabrio range will be similar of those for the hatchback’s. The saloon is slated to begin towards the end of 2013 while the cabrio is likely to follow in 2014.
When comparing with the Audi A3 Cabriolet (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6 - 4,2 [39,2 - 56 US mpg]; combined CO2 emission in g/km: 140 - 110 [225,3 - 177 g/mile]), the body is lowered by 25 mm (0.98 in) from the S sport suspension. With the standard progressive steering, the rack-and-pinion is engineered so that the steering ratio is more directly related with the steering motion, so there is a complement between comfort and sportiness perfectly. The electromechanical progressive steering, adapting how it assists to the acceleration, allows for different assistance system options.
As one of the standard specifications, the S3 Cabriolet comes with 225/40 R18 tires, on 8Jx18 aluminium wheels that have five parallel spokes finished with a polished silver. To lessen the weight, the wheels are manufactured with a flow-forming aluminium process. Audi also provides optional 18- or 19-inch wheels in many different designs.
With a diameter measuring 340 mm (13.39 in), the front brake discs are very big, with black, or available red, callipers stamped with S3 logos. The parking brake is combined with the rear braking system. The ESC electric stabilisation control establishes itself in a new evolutionary stage. Before achieving the control limits, a precisely metered braking torque is subtly integrated to the inside front wheels. This augments the vehicle's agility, thereby complementing the quattro drive’s work.