Audi took the wraps off its newest drop-top model, the 2014 A3 Convertible, ahead of the car’s official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The fourth model in the A3 range features, as s the case with convertible Audis, a fabric roof, four seats, and a couple of fine engines.
The 2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet is considerably larger than its predecessor. Its length is increased from 4.24 to 4.42 metres, its wheelbase from 2.58 to 2.60 metres and its width from 1.77 to 1.79 metres. You also get 60 liters more luggage space, up to 287 liters.
Open-top Audi’s have always been the classiest cars in their class, and the new A3 Cab is no exception. It features the signature aluminum windscreen frame and an aluminum-look trim strip runs around the roof aperture. The roof mechanism is made of magnesium-steel, and can be lowered or raised electro-hydraulically in just 18 seconds.
Weighing 1,365 kg, the 2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet can be a good performer if you get it in the S3 guise. That model comes with a 2.0 TFSI engine that delivers 300PS and 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft). It does 0 to 62mph in 5.4 seconds, yet returns 39.8mpg. The normal A3 models can be had with 140PS and 180PS from 1.4 and 1.8 litres petrol units, a 150PS 2.0 TDI, or a 1.6 TDI with 110PS.
In the chassis department, you have the choice of standard suspension, sports suspension and even more focused S line sports suspension, and wheels ranging from 16 to 19 inches. There is also adaptive suspension control system Audi magnetic ride, adaptive cruise control, adaptive light and progressive steering. The thing is, just because electronics can give us many choices, it doesn’t need we need them all.