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Two new performance-oriented models have been added to the A3 Cabriolet line-up – the 300ps S3 Cabriolet quattro and the 184ps 2-liter TDI. The new models mark the first ever S Series compact cabriolet and first quattro-equipped variant in the soft-top A3 range

The 300ps 2-liter TFSI quattro S3 Cabriolet boasts a 0-100km/h speed of 5.4 seconds, a 249km/h top speed and CO2 emissions of 165g/km.

At the same time, the TDI arm of the open-air A3 range has also been bolstered by a 184ps 2-liter TDI engine, noteworthy as it becomes the first in the history of the A3 Cabriolet to be offered with the option of quattro all-wheel-drive.

Under the bonnet of the S3, the EU6-compliant 2-liter TFSI engine is linked to a 6-speed S tronic transmission, apportioning its power four ways via the multi-plate clutch-based quattro all-wheel-drive system. The 300ps power peak is available between 5,500 and 6,200rpm, with peak torque of 380Nm available from 1,800-5,500rpm.

For drivers who prefer diesel, the 184ps version of the 2-liter TDI engine is the first A3 Cabriolet to offer the option of quattro all-wheel-drive. The new unit is available in conjunction with either Sport or S line specification, and with either 6-speed manual transmission and front-wheel-drive or the 6-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission and quattro.

In manual, front-wheel-drive form the 2-liter TDI hits a top speed of 241km/h, and dashes from 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds. In the version combining S tronic transmission with quattro drive the 0-100km/h time falls to 7.6 seconds, and the top speed to 237km/h.

24 June 2014


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