Audi A3 Cabriolet

Production Cars 14 Sep 2013
Audi A3 Cabriolet

Presented at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the convertible version of the new-generation A3 features increased dimensions and a rear end derived from the sedan.

Compared to the previous model, the new Audi A3 Cabriolet has increased dimensions: its length increased from 4.24 to 4.42 meters (13.91 to 14.50 ft), its wheelbase from 2.58 to 2.60 meters (8.46 to 8.53 ft) and its width from 1.77 to 1.79 meters (5.81 to 5.87 ft).

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At the same time, the height has been reduced by 15 millimeters, contributing to a more sporty look and stance.

Audi A3 Cabriolet - Design Sketch

The design is derived from the hatchback/sedan versions: the front end has the same lines, with the prominent Singleframe radiator grille, the flat headlights and the air intakes in the bumper.

Audi A3 Cabriolet dimension comparison

Above comparison between the outgoing A3 cabriolet model (top) and the new generation (bottom)

Overall, the main exterior difference is the increased rear overhang, which has been extended by 178 mm. The rear volume adopts the same design elements and arrangement of the A3 sedan.

Audi A3 Cabriolet

This gives the A3 Cabriolet significantly different proportions and allowed designers to increase the luggage capacity by 60 liter for a total of 287 liters.

The soft cloth top is stretched over a lightweight kinematic mechanism made of magnesium-steel.

It can opens or closes electro- hydraulically in less than 18 seconds, even while driving up to 50 km/h (31.07 mph). In the opened state, the top – folded into three layers – rests in a tray that barely affects luggage capacity.

Audi A3 Cabriolet - Design Sketch

The soft top has a glass rear window and is offered in Black as standard. A fully automatic acoustic top is available as an alternative; it has a thicker inner foam layer which reduces the interior noise level.

The acoustic top is available in the three exterior colors of Black, Gray and Brown, and its roofliner is available in black and lunar silver.

An active rollover protection system protects the occupants in case of a rollover accident. It consists of two spring-loaded plates that are recessed into the body.

Audi A3 Cabriolet Interior

In the base version, the car’s curb weight is just 1,365 kilograms (3009.31 lb) – the new Audi A3 Cabriolet is around 50 kilograms (110.23 lb) lighter than the previous model despite its larger size and better comfort. Including its special reinforcements, which deliver high torsional stiffness, the body-in-white weighs 30 kilograms (66.14 lb) less than previously; the engine hood is made of aluminum.

(Source: Audi)

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