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.
Both S3 and A3 are fitted with a soft roof with three-layer inner padding. This is stretched over a lightweight mechanism made of magnesium-steel which opens up in a little under 18sec at speeds of up to 31mph.
The other four variants in the Audi A3 cabriolet range are all powered by the same 2.0 TDI diesel, which produces 181bhp. The entry-level model is the front-wheel-drive six-speed manual in Sport trim, which costs £29,735. A price of £32,775 is asked for a four-wheel-drive A3 cabriolet with a six-speed S-tronic transmission.
In manual, front-wheel-drive form the more powerful 2.0 TDI can return 65.7mpg on the combined cycle, while emitting 114g/km of CO2. Top speed is 150mph and the 0-62mph dash takes 7.9sec.
In the version combining S-tronic transmission with quattro drive, the 0-62mph time falls to 7.6sec, and the top speed to 147mph. This car returns a claimed 56.5mpg and 132g/km.
Two trim levels are offered – Sport and S-line. Sport specification elements include 17-inch alloy wheels, 15mm lower sports suspension (which can be ‘de-selected’ in favour of a more comfort-oriented standard set-up if required), Audi drive select, aluminium interior details and front sports seats.
Highlight features of S-line trim include exclusive exterior styling, 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels and Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights as standard.
The A3 and S3 cabriolet is available to order now, with first UK deliveries of the S3 expected in September and the A3 a month later.
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