Audi India recently launched the A3 sedan and has now followed it up with the introduction of its convertible variant showcased at this year’s Auto Expo. The Audi A3 Cabriolet was launched yesterday at a price of Rs 44.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The price is a bit steep and is mostly due to the car being imported as a CBU unlike the sedan which is brought as a CKD and assembled locally at the company’s Aurangabad plant.
The open top resembles the sedan sans the roof. The roof is made of a fabric material and can be operated at speeds of up to 50 kmph with Audi claiming that it can be opened or closed in 15 seconds flat. The tail lamps and DRLs at the front are LEDs with the headlight assembly getting the powerful bi-xenon lamps.
Interiors are dual tone in nature and the electrically adjustable seats are covered in Milano leather, upping the comfort and desirability level of the soft top. A four-spoke leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel; circular AC vents; auto climate control; retractable 5.8-inch colour display and a 9-speaker, 140 watt sound system are some of the standout features in the cabin.
The German major is positioning this car as a sporty one, and to do justice to the tag, a 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol is the only engine offered. This block is good for 177 bhp and 250 Nm of torque. Enough for a 0-100 kmph time of 7.8 seconds and top speed of 240 kmph, says Audi. Power is transmitted to the road via the 7-speed DSG gearbox.
The A3 Cabriolet lets you enjoy the road and the wind-in-your-hair feeling that most of us want to experience at least once in a lifetime. The cost might put-off some customers but if you are looking out for a sporty, entertaining drive and can afford the bill, there is no other car out there to compete with the A3 Cabriolet. At least in India – for now.