Another world premiere for the Audi at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show was the 2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet.
Considered a competitor to the upcoming BMW 2 Series Convertible, the refreshed A3 Cabrio has grown in size while shedding some weight when compared to the outgoing model. The new Audi A3 Cabriolet has grown compared to the previous model: its length increased from 4.24 to 4.42 meters (13.91 to 14.50 ft), its wheelbase from 2.58 to 2.60 meters (8.46 to 8.53 ft) and its width from 1.77 to 1.79 meters (5.81 to 5.87 ft). Only its height (1.41 meters [4.63 ft]) was reduced by 15 millimeters (0.59 in). This gives the four-seat convertible a more elegant and sporty look on the road. Luggage capacity grew by 60 liters (2.12 cubic ft), and it is easier to load. The wheel housings can handle wheels up to 19 inches in size.
Just like the 2 Series Convertible, the A3 features a soft top which can be operated at speed of up to 50 km/h (31mph).
Under the hood the Audi engineers are offering a wide range of engines, from the entry-level 1.4 TFSI gasoline engine outputting 140 horsepower (103 kW), to a more powerful 1.8 TFSI with 180 horsepower (132 kW) and a 2.0 TDI with 150 horsepower (110 kW). The highest Audi A3 Cabriolet offering is 2.0 TFSI engine with 300 horsepower. All engines in the new Audi A3 Cabriolet combine the technologies of direct injection, turbocharging and a start-stop-system.
At its launch, the 1.8 TFSI is being offered with a seven-speed S tronic; together with the Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system, it offers a free-wheeling function that further improves fuel economy. The 1.4 TFSI and 2.0 TDI are each paired with a manual six-speed transmission. This will be followed by the quattro all-wheel drive system
Audi A3 Cabriolet sales begin this fall at a starting price of 31,700 euros.
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