8V Audi A3/S3 cabriolet surfaces; looks cute, exactly as expected

With the A3 hatch and sedans safely launched in various parts of the globe, Audi has taken the wraps off the last major addition to the MQB-based A3 range: the cabrio.

Bigger than the previous generation (surprise), the new A3 cabriolet has a electro-mechanical fabric roof that can be lowered or raised in 18 seconds. The roof can be operated at speeds up to 50km/h (31mph).

The 8V Audi A3 cabrio can specified with LED headlights, alloy wheels up to 19 inches, full leather interior, Bang & Olufsen sound system, MMI controller system with both a traditional knob and a touchpad, internet-connected navigation and entertainment system with Google Earth imagery and Google Maps traffic info, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance, road sign recognition, and wireless hotspot with built-in 4G LTE connectivity.

Engine choices range from a 81kW 1.6-litre turbo-diesel to 132kW 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine. A 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch (S-tronic) transmissions are available for most engines, and all-wheel drive available down the track.

Audi S3

The company has yet to release pics of the S3 cabrio, but it is willing to talk about it’s (provisional) performance details. The new 8V S3 cabrio will be powered by a 221kW (300hp) of power and 380Nm (280lb-ft) of torque to all four wheels via a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. This should be good for a 0-100km/h time of 5.1 seconds, and EU fuel economy of 7.1L/100km.

Compared to regular A3 cabrio, the S3 sits 25mm lower, rides on 18- or 19-inch wheels, and magnetic suspension.

Dimensions, weight

Length: 4,420mm (+180mm)
Height: 1,410mm (-15mm)
Width: 1,790mm (+20mm)
Wheelbase: 2,600mm (+20mm)
Weight: 1,365kg (-~50kg)
Boot space: 287L (roof up)

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]