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Sporty, elegant and compact the new Audi A3 Cabriolet

Sporty, elegant and multi-faceted Audi presents the new A3 Cabriolet. The compact four-seater impresses at first glance with its flowing lines and soft top. It is also at the top of its class technically with systematic lightweight design, new engines, multi-faceted networking and high-performance assistance systems.
Exteriordesign ThenewAudiA3Cabriolethasgrowncomparedtothepreviousmodel:itslengthincreasedfrom4.24to 4.42meters(13.91to14.50ft),itswheelbasefrom2.58to2.60meters(8.46to8.53ft)anditswidthfrom 1.77to1.79meters(5.81to5.87ft).Onlyitsheight(1.41meters[4.63ft])wasreducedby15millimeters (0.59in).Thisgivesthefourseatconvertibleamoreelegantandsportylookontheroad.Luggagecapacity grewby60liters(2.12cubicft),anditiseasiertoload.Thewheelhousingscanhandlewheelsupto19 inchesinsize.

ThefrontoftheAudiA3CabrioletischaracterizedbytheSingleframeradiatorgrille.Theflatheadlightsgive itaresolutelooktheyemphasizethehorizontalstylingandtheairintakesinthebumper.Audioffers headlightswithLEDtechnologyasanoptiontheyaretheonlyLEDheadlightsinthecompactsegmentto offervariableheadlightlevelingcontrol.

Therearoverhangplaysakeyroleintheharmoniousproportionsofthetwodoorcar.Thewindshieldframe ismadeofaluminumandanaluminumlooktrimstriprunsaroundtheentirecar.Ontheflanks,thedesign featuresatauttornadolineandcontouredsheetmetalsurfacesthatcreateafascinatinginterplayoflight andshadow.

Thesofttop ThenewA3Cabriolethasasoftclothtopthatisstretchedoveralightweightkinematicmechanismmadeof magnesiumsteel,anditcomplementsthecar'sdesignperfectly.Atthepressofabutton,thetopopensor closeselectrohydraulicallyinlessthan18seconds,evenwhiledrivingupto50km/h(31.07mph).Inthe openedstate,thetopfoldedintothreelayersrestsinatraythatbarelyaffectsluggagecapacity,which is287liters(10.14cubicft).

ThefullyautomaticsofttophasaglassrearwindowandisofferedinBlackasstandard.Afullyautomatic acoustictopisavailableasanalternativeithasathickerinnerfoamlayerwhichreducesthealreadylow interiornoiseleveloftheA3Cabrioletevenmore.Theacoustictopisavailableinthethreeexteriorcolorsof

Black,GrayandBrown,anditsrooflinerisavailableinblackandlunarsilver.Awinddeflectorisstandardfor theAmbientetrimline,andheadlevelheatingisanoptionforthefrontseats.Anactiverolloverprotection systemprotectstheoccupantsincaseofarolloveraccident.Itconsistsoftwospringloadedplatesthatare recessedintothebody.

Body Inthebaseversion,thecar'scurbweightisjust1,365kilograms(3009.31lb)thenewAudiA3Cabrioletis around50kilograms(110.23lb)lighterthanthepreviousmodeldespiteitslargersizeandbettercomfort. Includingitsspecialreinforcements,whichdeliverhightorsionalstiffness,thebodyinwhiteweighs30 kilograms(66.14lb)lessthanpreviouslytheenginehoodismadeofaluminum.Weightwasalso significantlyreducedintheinteriorandintheengines.ThisletAudiapioneerinthistechnicalfieldset animpressivebestvalueinthecompactclass.Customerscanchoosefrom16differentexteriorpaintsfor thebody.

Interior ElegantlydrawnlinesandcleansurfacesalsotypifytheinteriordesignofthenewAudiA3Cabriolet.The instrumentpanelisleanandlow,itsfrontisslightlycurved,andthecenterconsoleisangledslightly towardsthedriver.Thelarge,roundairventsinjetdesign,thecontrolpanelfortheairconditionerandthe threedimensionaltrimstripsbringpremiumclasseleganceintotheinterior.Theoptionallightingpackage includesatouchsensitiveswitchforthereadinglightsafeaturebeingofferedforthefirsttime.

AsineveryAudi,workmanshipqualityisuncompromisinglyhigh,andthecar'scontrolsaresimple,intuitive andconvenient.Itoffersenoughspaceforfouradults,andtheseatbacksofthetworearseatscanbefolded downwhichopensupawidethroughloadarea.Thesteeringwheelandseatsarenewdesigns,andthealso newelectromechanicalparkingbrakeisoperatedbyapushbuttononthecenterconsole.

ThetrimlinesarenamedAttraction,AmbitionandAmbiente.TheSlinesportpackagefortheAmbitionline immersestheinteriorspaceentirelyinblack.Customerscanchoosecloth,leatherorAlcantara/leather upholsterymaterials.TheAudidesignselectionlassobrownconveysanexclusivelook.

Assistancesystems DrivinginthenewAudiA3Cabrioletisevenmoreimpressivewithitshighlydevelopedassistancesystems. Thedriverinformationsystemwithefficiencyprogramandattentionassistarealreadystandardfeatureson theAmbitionandAmbientelines.Theoptionsprogramincludesadaptivecruisecontrol,Audisideassist, Audiactivelaneassist,camerabasedtrafficsignrecognition,parkassistwithselectivedisplayandvarious featurelevelsoftheAudipresensesafetysystem.

AlsoextremelyattractiveisthelineupofinfotainmentcomponentsattheverytoparetheBang&Olufsen soundsystemandMMINavigationplus.Thesuperslenderseveninchmonitorextendsfromtheinstrument panelelectrically.Theuserterminalhasarotary/pushbuttoncontrolthatisdesignedasatouchwheelwith MMItouchthetouchwheelstopsurfaceisatouchsensitivepadforinputtingalphaandnumeric characters. TheAudiconnectconceptaimstonetworkthedriverwithhisorherenvironment.InthenewAudiA3 Cabriolet,thisfunctionwhichsupplementsMMINavigationplusprovidesaconnectiontotheInternet, andwheneverpossibleviathefastLTEtransmissionstandard(availablestartinginNovember).The integratedWLANhotspotletspassengersusetheirmobiledevicestosurfandemailfreely.

ThesystembringsInternetservicesfromAudiconnectintothecarforusebythedriverfromnavigation withGoogleEarthimagesandGoogleStreetViewtoonlinetrafficinformationandservicessuchas FacebookandTwitter.ThelatestservicefromAudiconnectisparkinginformationitshowsavailableparking spacesinparkingandundergroundgaragesandparkinglots.

Drivetrain ThethreenewlydevelopedenginesbeingofferedintheAudiA3Cabrioletatitslaunchallemphasizethe car'ssportycharacter.ThetwoTFSIenginesproduce103kW(140hp)and132kW(180hp)from1.4and 1.8litersofenginedisplacement,respectively.The2.0TDIdevelops110kW(150hp)Otherengineswill followrangingfromthe1.6TDIwith81kW(110hp)tothe2.0TFSI,whichwillpowertheAudiS3Cabriolet with221kW(300hp).AllenginesinthenewAudiA3Cabrioletcombinethetechnologiesofdirectinjection, turbochargingandastartstopsystem.

Onaverage,thethreeenginesofferedatmarketlaunchhavetwelvepercentbetterfueleconomythanthe enginesinthepreviousmodelandtheydosowhileimprovingdrivingperformance.The1.4TFSI,for example,acceleratesthenewAudiA3Cabrioletfrom0to100km/h(62.14mph)in9.1seconds,yetits combinedfuelconsumptionvalueis5.0litersfuelper100kilometers(47.04USmpg)anditsCO2 emissionsare114g/km(183.47g/mile).AlsocontributingtothisefficiencyisAudicylinderondemand (COD)technology,whichdeactivatestwooftheengine'scylindersinlowloadconditions.

ThenewAudiA3Cabrioletalsofeaturesstateofthearttechnologyinpowertransmission.Atitslaunch,the 1.8TFSIisbeingofferedwithasevenspeedStronictogetherwiththeAudidriveselectvehicledynamics system,itoffersafreewheelingfunctionthatfurtherimprovesfueleconomy.The1.4TFSIand2.0TDIare eachpairedwithamanualsixspeedtransmission.Thiswillbefollowedbythequattroallwheeldrive systemanothernewfeatureandUSPofthecompactCabriolet.

Chassis ThechassisofthenewAudiA3Cabrioletimpresseswithsophisticatedtechnologythatdeliverssporty handling,superiorvehiclesafetyandahighlevelofcomfort.SomeofthecomponentsoftheMacPherson frontsuspensionaremadeofaluminumthefourlinkrearsuspensionhandleslongitudinalandtransverse forcesseparately.Thepowersteeringsystemfeaturesanefficientelectromechanicaldrive.

TheESCstabilizationcontrolsystemintegratesanelectroniclimitedslipdifferentialthismakeshandling evensmootherandsaferatthevehiclescorneringlimitswhiledrivingfastthroughcurves.Thebrakesare powerfulanddurable.Wheelsizesrangefrom16to19inches,andtiresizesrangeupto235/35.Two versionsofthesportychassisareofferedthesportsuspensionlowersthebody15millimeters(0.59in), whiletheSlinesportsuspensionis25millimeters(0.98in)lower.

HighendoptionsinthenewAudiA3CabrioletincludetheAudidriveselectvehicledynamicssystem (standardontheAmbitionline).Thedrivercanusethissystemtomodifyenginemanagement,power steering,Stronicandairconditioningoperationoverseveralmodes.Thiscontrolalsoextendstooptional systemssuchastheadaptivesuspensioncontrolsystemAudimagneticride,adaptivecruisecontrol, adaptivelightandprogressivesteeringwhosesteeringgearratiobecomesincreasinglymoredirectwhen turning.

ThenewAudiA3CabrioletwillcomeofftheassemblylineatAudi'splantinGyr,Hungary,whichAudihas expandedwithaninvestmentofmorethan900millioneuros.SalesbeginthisautumninGermany,andfirst deliverieswillbeinthefirstquarterof2014.Thebasepriceforthe1.4TFSI(103kWwithcylinderon demandtechnology)is31,700euros.Manysportyandcomfort/convenienceoptionsroundoutthestandard featurestheyincludethedeluxekeyandSsportseatswithintegratedheadrestraintsanddiamond topstitchingintheshoulderarea.

AudiS3Cabriolet(preliminarydata) InthetopS3version,whichwillfollowshortlyafterthecar'sinitiallaunch,thecompactCabrioletdelivers verysportydrivingperformance.The2.0TFSIengineproduces221kW(300hp)andtransfers380Nm (280.27lbft)oftorquetothecrankshaft.WithasixspeedStronic,thecarcompletesthesprintfrom0to 100km/h(62.14mph)in5.4seconds.Thecombinedfuelconsumptionofthefourcylinderturbois7.1liters per100kilometers(33.13USmpg).

Thequattrodrivetrainoperateswithanelectronicallycontrolledhydraulicmultiplatecoupling.Thebodywas lowered25millimeters(0.98in),and17inchbrakesaremountedbehindthe18inchwheels.19inchwheels

arealsoavailableinconjunctionwithAudimagneticride.Progressivesteeringisstandard.

Theequipment,dataandpricesspecifiedinthisdocumentrefertothemodelrangeofferedin Germany.Subjecttochangewithoutnoticeerrorsandomissionsexcepted.