Jan 23rd, 2008 by RJ Menezes
Unfortunately one of those details is that the car will not be coming to the U.S., at least not for now.
When the new baby convertible does go on sale in Europe in the spring, it will come with four turbocharged direct-injection engine options. They include two gas and two diesel engines making between 105 to 200 horsepower. The S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox will be optional. Meanwhile a five-speed manual is standard, while a six-speed is standard on engine versions making 140 hp or more.
Christian Bokich, Audi of America manager of product and technology communications, said the A3 Cabriolet won’t come to the U.S. because “….it isn’t certified for the U.S. market.”
Audi AG also issued a complete list of details about its new cabriolet. The A3 Cabriolet convertible top comes in two versions: a semiautomatic soft top with two layers and a fully automatic, three-layered acoustic top. In both versions, a high-pressure pump and two hydraulic cylinders move the top. It opens in 9 seconds and closes in 11 seconds. The acoustic top can be opened and closed while driving up to 19 mph. It is also equipped with fixed roll-bars for roll-over protection.
The A3 cabriolet also gets all the revisions to the new A3 including LED headlights and taillights and a few cosmetic changes inside and out. Subtle is the key word here.
Besides the usual high-end options and accessories, this is all they have released so far. To bad it’s not coming to the U.S. This would make a great weekend car and it seems that Audi would come into a niche segment that no other manufacture, that they currently compete with, occupies.
Either way if there is one true fact, it’s that the A3 looks great with it’s roof chopped off.
Above & Below: Audi’s new baby cabriolet is sure to be a hit….