Au­dio A3 cabri­o­let set to de­but at Geneva show

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Carmel Ste­wart

THE new 300ps Audi A3 cabri­o­let, which makes its world de­but at the Geneva Mo­tor Show next month, is avail­able to or­der from April with first UK de­liv­er­ies ex­pected in July. Priced from £25,790, it has a soft top with an elec­tro­hy­draulic drive which en­ables it to open or close in 18 sec­onds, even at speeds of up to 31mph.

Pow­ered by a 2.0 TFSI en­gine, the A3 cabrio can ac­cel­er­ate to 62mph in 5.4 sec­onds with top speed red lin­ing at an elec­tron­i­cally limited 155mph. Aver­age econ­omy has been mea­sured at 39.8mpg and CO2 emis­sions at 165g/km.

On the road, a switch to dy­namic mode not only sharp­ens the throt­tle re­sponse but also opens flaps in the ex­haust sys­tem to in­crease the sound­track as the car ac­cel­er­ates.

In­side there is room for four adults with an easy-en­try fea­ture for con­ve­nient ac­cess to the rear. The 285-litre lug­gage com­part­ment can be ex­panded by drop­ping down the rear seat backs.

Stan­dard fea­tures in­clude heated front S sports seats with em­bossed lo­gos and up­hol­stery fin­ished in Nappa leather.

For snazzy red in­serts opt for the Pa­rade pack­age which adds up­per shoul­der sec­tions and door trim in­serts in Pa­rade red with con­trast­ing stitch­ing.

SIM­PLY RED: The new 300ps Audi A3 cabri­o­let.

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