The Geneva Motor Show next month will see many manufacturers showcasing their new models or concepts and German luxury car-maker Audi will be debuting one of their own, the S3 cabriolet model. This new four wheel drive model will be joining Audi's existing A3 cabriolet range.
Power for the open-top four seater machine is driven by a 2.0 litre turbo charged four cylinder TFSI petrol engine capable of producing 296 brake horse power and 280lb/ft which is an increase of 119 brake horse power and 96lb/ft on the most powerful front wheel drive A3 cabriolet. This power is distributed through a standard S tronic six speed dual clutch auto gearbox and an electro-mechanical multi-plate four wheel drive system which boosts the kerb weight to 1,620kg, which is still 180kg lighter than BMW's 435i Convertible.
The S3 cabriolet can go from a standstill to 62mph in a claimed time of 5.4 seconds with top speed limited to 155mph. Combined cycle fuel consumption is set at 39.8mpg and CO2 emissions are at 165g/km.
Adding to the enhanced performance figures, the model has a reworked chassis. There is a 25mm decrease in ride height, firmer springs and dampers, larger diameter anti roll bars and altered elastokinematic properties. The model comes with 18 inch wheels as standard, shod with 225/40 profile tyres with 19 inch rims available as an option. Brakes on the S3 have moved up a size, with the front discs increasing to 340mm in diameter and using the Audi Drive Select system allows the driver to to alter engine and suspension settings while on the move.
Style-wise, the S33 cabriolet gets a grey front grille insert, deeper bumpers, a chromed windscreen surround and aluminium-look mirror housings. Inside, model comes with standard Nappa leather and fabric upholstery, xenon headlights, air conditioning, sports seats and brushed aluminium trim. Optional extras include diamond-pattern leather upholstery, Audi's MMI and sat nav, a 13inch speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system, and LED headlights.With these perfect attributes combined we believe that this model can be a strong contending rival for other brands such as, Volkswagen and Porsche.
The Audi's fabric roof uses high-tech material to keep the car's weight down, while the roof's insulating foam layer is designed to keep the interior quiet at speed. The roof can be folded in 18 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph, and the car features an active roll-over system, which should protect the occupants in the event of an accident.
When the Audi S3 cabriolet model goes on sale later this year, UK prices are set to start at around £37,500.