After the launch of Audi S3 performance sedan, the German company has added cabriolet in the model range along with three and five door hard-top versions. Just as expected the S3 cabrio gets the same EA888 engine similar to its siblings. The 2.0 liter TFSI engine delivers 300 hp and 380 Nm( 280 lb-ft) of torque. It will also be equipped with four wheel drive and Audi’s S-tronic system as standard. The dual clutch gearbox can be controlled by paddles mounted behind the steering wheel. The gear shifts are fast and precise which helps the car to achieve 7.1l/100 Km(33.1 mpg) and CO2 emission at 165 gm/km which is relatively low for performance oriented car. The top speed is electronically limited upto 250 km/hr(155 mph).
The new Audi S3 will be available in twelve different exterior colors. The soft-top roof folds in 18 seconds and can be operated upto 50 km/hr(31 mph). Audi S3 cabrio has new bumpers, grille, aluminum side mirrors, spoiler, diffuser and Quad tailpipes. It measures 4430 in length, 1790 mm in width and is 1390 mm high. The wheelbase measures 2.6 meters. The roof is also available in three different colors. The dry weight of S3 cabrio is 1,620 pounds with a weight distribution of 56:44. Inside present is the new instrument panel with grey background and white needles indicating pressure and speed. Sports seats are available to choose from combination of black Nappa leather with fabric, Nappa leather alcantara or letaher velvet. the boot stands at 285 liters with the roof closed and 245 liters when open. The progressive electro-mechanical multi-function wheel is also available in sports leather as an option.
Other equipment include, 7-inch MMI infotainment system, Audi phone box and Bang and Olufsen music system with 13 speakers. Like other models in Audi range, owner can choose active cruise control with automatic braking. The system works with the active cruise control to warn the driver and apply brakes automatically when needed. The list continues with lane departure warning system and 360 degrees park-assist cameras. The suspension has been lowered to 25 mm and it stands on 18-inch wheels. The tire cross-section is 225/40 and brakes measure 340 mm. Sales of Audi S3 cabrio will start in spring and first deliveries are scheduled during summer end. It is yet to be seen whether Audi will offer convertible version of S3 plus. The new Audi S3 Cabriolet will premiere at the Geneva Motor Show.
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