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Audi S3 Cabriolet for 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

The Audi S3 Cabriolet will make its public debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next month. The range-topping version of the new A3 Cabriolet uses the same powertrain as the S3 hatchback, Sportback and saloon variants, with a 300hp turbocharged engine driving all four wheels.

Audi quotes a 0-62mph time of just 5.4 seconds for the S3 Cabriolet, which will be available to order from April, with the first UK deliveries expected in July.

Audi S3 Cabriolet: technical details

The S3 Cabriolet uses the same 300hp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine as other S3 models. Peak torque is 280lb ft, channelled through a six-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission.

The Quattro four-wheel-drive system features an electronically controlled hydraulic multi-plate clutch that sends most of the engine’s power to the front wheels in normal driving. If any wheel slip is detected, drive is channelled to the rear wheels to maximise traction.

Compared with lesser A3 Cabriolets, the S3 sits 25mm lower, thanks to S Sport suspension. Audi’s Drive Select system allows the driver to choose between five modes that tailor the responses of the engine, transmission and steering.

Audi S3 Cabriolet: design

Bespoke grille inserts and alloy wheels distinguish the S3 Cabriolet from other A3 Cabriolet models; it also gains aluminium-look trim for the door mirrors and a rear spoiler, while four exhaust tailpipes are standard.

The S3 Cabriolet’s folding fabric roof opens or closes in 18 seconds, and can be operated on the move at speeds of up to 31mph. The roof is available in three colours, while Audi offers a choice of 10 paint colours.

Audi S3 Cabriolet: prices and on-sale date

Audi is yet to reveal prices for the S3 Cabriolet, but it will become the most expensive version of the A3 Cabriolet and is likely to cost about £38,500.

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By Leo Wilkinson, senior editor, MSN Cars