25 years of Audi Cabriolet
Back in 1991, the Audi 80 Cabriolet was launched, enhancing the brand’s offering by offering something completely new, something that the marque hadn’t manufactured since the Auto Union 1000SP. It has been 25 years now since the birth of the iconic Audi 80 Cabriolet, so we’ve decided to celebrate the spirit of absolute driving freedom.
A classy convertible and future classic - driven by Diana, Princess of Wales - the Audi 80 Cabriolet’s featured a pioneering reinforced windscreen, eradicating the need for a roll bar, making it easier on the eye – it also meant that it was able to retain the structural rigidity of the Coupé, with which it shared sports suspension.
Manufactured and sold from 1991 – 2000, 71,354 units were built. An array of potent engines were available to power the elegant, fabric-roofed, four-seater convertible, which helped it to rapidly gain a reputation as one of the most fashionable topless modes of transport.
The next cabriolet creation was the Audi TT Roadster, built from 1999 – 2006 – and it took the world by storm. 90,760 units were sold in those seven years, with the TT Roadster offering supreme roofless motoring; 180 and 225PS models were offered to start with, followed by a 160PS model with front-wheel drive. The TT design was fresh, dramatic and incredibly desirable, a pioneer of its time. Explore the third-generation TT Roadster right here.
Following the TT Roadster’s release, Audi convertibles continued to roll out, including the introduction of the A4 Cabriolet in 2001, the A3 Cabriolet in 2008 and the A5 Cabriolet in 2009, with the latter two still here today in contemporary incarnations. They both boast S variations too, with the S3 Cabriolet and S5 Cabriolet offering heightened performance.
Completing the current line-up, Audi also manufactures the TT Roadster, TTS Roadster and R8 Spyder, all offering the ultimate open-air Audi experience. Contact your local Jardine Motors Audi today to join the Cabriolet crusade as we celebrate its 25th year.