New Audi A3 Cabriolet
A first look over the A3 Cabriolet suggests it’s one of the more focused drop tops. The brakes feature big ventilated discs up front, a specially tuned stability control system has been developed for the car and slick six speed manual gearboxes are standard across the board. As an option, buyers of the 2.0-litre-engined cars can also go for the revolutionary twin-clutch S tronic gearbox with shift paddles mounted behind the steering wheel and a mode that replicates a conventional automatic ‘box.
The hood can be specified in semi or fully automatic versions, the latter of which includes additional acoustic insulation and raises in just nine seconds at speeds of up to 30km/h.
There are four different engines to choose from and three trim levels. All are direct injection powerplants with turbochargers to plump up power and torque. There are two diesels, the first a 104bhp 1.9-litre TDI unit and the second a 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI engine. The petrol engines open with the 1.8-litre TFSI unit, good for 158bhp, with the flagship of the line up being the 197bhp 2.0-litre TFSI engine that now seems to be the first motor to be inked in when the International Engine of the Year awards are decided. Trim levels run from standard to Sport, with an S line option at the top of the range. Prices start at £20,750, which represents a premium if around £4,000 on a comparable 3-door model.