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S3 goes topless


BUYERS looking for an Audi S3 will be faced with no less than four options when selecting their car once the new S3 Cabriolet breaks cover in Geneva.

At 4 430mm long,a wheelbase of 2 600mm and height of just 1390mm, the cabriolet version cuts a streamline silhouette. 

It has an electrohydraulic fabric-top roof and seating for four. Magnesium, aluminium and high-strength steel areused in its construction to keep weight down (it weighs in at just 1620kg). There is also an insulating foam layer in the roof to reduce noise levels in the interior. The top is available in three colours. It opens or closes in 18 seconds, even while driving at speeds up to 50km/h.

There will be the same 2.0-litre TFSI engine as found in the other S3 models, which delivers 221kW and 380Nm overseas, but will probably be the same 206kW as in its three and five-door siblings locally. When equipped with the S tronic transmission, the claimed 0-100km/h time is 5.4 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h thanks to the Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The claimed fuel consumption figures are 7.1 litres/100km with CO2 emissions at 165g/km. The S Sport chassis makes it 25mm lower than the regular A3 Cabriolet.

The interior will feature brushed aluminium inlays, S-specific dials, S Sport seats as well as stainless steel foot pedals. It should prove to be quite practical with 285 litres of luggage space, which can be expanded by folding down the rear seat backs while its volume is 245 litres when the top is down.


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