Driving with the top down is an experience like no other. Add to this the excitement of a potent engine and pin-sharp handling and you’ve got a very special vehicle. The Audi S3 Cabriolet is this vehicle, and it is on sale at Jardine Motors Audi today.
With showrooms across the UK you don’t need to travel far to view the model. By enquiring with a member of the team at your closest site you can also test drive it for a taste of the enthusiastic performance.
When the roof is open the car’s horizontal waistline and sloping windscreen create a slick shape. Close it and the S3 Cabriolet remains streamlined. Evidence of the vehicle’s rapid performance is also clear to see. Integrated within the rear diffuser are a pair of chrome dual exhaust pipes. The front bumper and air intake grilles are unique to the convertible, while behind the 19-inch alloy wheels are black S3-branded brake callipers.
Under the three-layer fabric roof is the S3 Cabriolet’s superior cockpit. In true Audi fashion the layout here is simplistic and intuitive. The leather on the heated front sports seats also finds its way around the flat-bottomed steering wheel. Jet engine-style air vents have an aluminium look which replicate the door sill trim and pedals.
Voice and steering wheel-mounted controls make it easier and therefore safer to drive the S3 Cabriolet.
Audi’s safety technology supports you further by taking action should the model become unstable. Active rollover protection only engages if the vehicle tips over, but this situation is highly unlikely.
That is because Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and its incorporated technology corrects a loss of traction, oversteer or understeer, to keep you in command.
A rest recommendation system will alert you if it detects tiredness so you can pull over and recharge.
Like the rest of the S3 range the Cabriolet is equipped with a 2.0-litre TFSI quattro engine.
The addition of quattro means that all four wheels are driven by the powertrain’s 296bhp and 380Nm of torque.
A six-speed S tronic gearbox channels this to the road with no delay, and paddles behind the wheel enable you to take manual control of up and down shifting.
In a straight line sprint the S3 Cabriolet can reach 60mph from a standing start in approximately 5.4 seconds.
Added amusement comes from the car’s equipment. The MMI radio includes a single CD player and SD card reader for you to bring your preferred music into the vehicle.
The Audi Music Interface (AMI) serves the same function. Music stored on a smartphone can be played through the eight-speaker system when you link the device to it.
Among the infotainment offering is a satellite navigation system which can be operated using the MMI controls or voice commands.
|Vehicle length ||4,434mm / 175 inches|
|Vehicle width||1,793mm / 71 inches|
|Vehicle height ||1,388mm / 55 inches|
|Wheelbase||2,596mm / 102 inches|
|Unladen weight (DIN) ||1,620kg / 3,571lb|
|Engine / Cylinders ||2.0-litre TFSI quattro / four|
|Max Torque ||380Nm @ 1,800 – 5,500rpm|
|Max Power ||296bhp @ 5,500 – 6,200rpm|
|Top Speed ||155mph|
|Acceleration||0-60mph / 5.4 seconds (approximately)|
|Combined cycle ||39.2mpg|
|Urban cycle ||31.7mpg|