The Audi A3 Cabriolet.
The Audi A3 Cabriolet.

Audi A3 Cabriolet uses coupe inspiration

COUPE-like styling is the hallmark of Audi's new A3 Cabriolet.

Audi's new model, which is forecast to arrive here in June, has sporty proportions and strong lines like the prominent shoulder line that extends along the entire length of the car.

Prices will start from $47,300, with the range-topper retailing for $54,900.

The new model is longer, lower and wider than its predecessor.

The A3 Cabriolet 1.4-litre TFSI Attraction, which has Cylinder on Demand fuel-saving technology, is the entry-level model in the range. It has 103 kilowatts of power and 250Nm of torque yet sips on average 4.9 litres/100km.

It's forecast this model will be most popular in the new range.

Alongside the "Attraction" entry model are the three "Ambition" models. The 2.0-litre TDI model generates 110kW and 320Nm.

The 1.8 TFSI engine will be offered in two guises, with or without Quattro all-wheel drive.

It is the first time that the A3 Cabriolet has been offered with Quattro.

The S tronic dual-clutch transmission is standard on all models.

Full specification will be confirmed closer to the June launch, but will closely follow that of the A3 Sedan Attraction and Ambition models.

"The new A3 Cabriolet's striking design makes it a ground-breaking car for Audi in this segment," said Andrew Doyle, managing director of Audi Australia.

"This type of car is an emotional purchase. With its coupe-like silhouette, the new A3 Cabriolet offers customers an entirely new design experience and we expect that it will attract new buyers to the Audi brand."


A3 Cabriolet

Attraction specification

1.4 TFSI (a) $47,300

Ambition specification

1.8 TFSI (a) $51,900

2.0 TDI (a) $51,900

1.8 TFSI Quattro (a) $54,900