The Audi S3 cabriolet, the new halo car in the A3 drop-top range, has been priced at £38,910 in the UK.
The four-wheel-drive S3 cabriolet – which was first revealed at the Geneva motor show earlier this year – receives the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as other recent S3 models, including Audi’s three-door S3 hatchback, four-door S3 saloon and five-door S3 Sportback.
The S3 cabriolet's turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder TFSI engine produces 296bhp and 280lb ft respectively, an increase of 119bhp and 96lb ft over the most powerful front-wheel-drive A3 cabriolet.
In keeping with other Audi S3 models, drive is channelled through a standard six-speed dual clutch auto gearbox and electro-mechanical multi-plate four-wheel drive system. The new driveline hardware adds to the kerb weight, bumping it up to 1620kg.
Audi claims a 0-62mph time of 5.4sec and a top speed limited to 155mph. Combined cycle consumption and CO2 emissions are put at 39.8mpg and 165g/km.
Accompanying the performance enhancements is a reworked chassis. It gets a 25mm reduction in ride height, firmer springs and dampers, larger diameter anti roll bars and altered elastokinematic properties.
Standard fit 18-inch wheels are shod with 225/40 profile tyres, with 19-inch rims available as an option. The brakes also move up a size, with the front discs increasing to 340mm in diameter.
Styling additions include a grey front grille insert, deeper bumpers, a chromed windscreen surround and aluminium-look mirror housings among other detailed changes to the exterior. Inside, there's standard Nappa leather and fabric upholstery, sports seats and brushed aluminium trim.