Rising temperatures call for a retractable roof, and for the first time in its three-generation history the Audi S3 now has an answer to that call.
The all-new 296bhp S3 Cabriolet, the first soft-top version of the acclaimed high performance compact, is available to order now priced from £38,910 OTR, and is set to arrive with UK customers from September.
At the same time, the TDI arm of the open-air A3 range has also been bolstered by a muscular 181bhp 2.0-litre TDI engine which is notable as the first in the history of the A3 Cabriolet ever to be offered with the option of quattro all-wheel-drive. Providing a highly desirable combination of strong performance and 65mpg-plus economy potential, the A3 Cabriolet 2.0 TDI 181bhp joins the range priced from £29,735 OTR, and takes to our roads from October.
Common to both is of course a soft but extremely hard-wearing and exceptionally sound-absorbent acoustic soft-top with three-layer inner padding. This is stretched over a lightweight kinematic mechanism made of magnesium-steel, which opens them up to the elements fully automatically in a little under 18 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph.