Official: Audi reveals new A3 Cabriolet with Quattro, S3 versions to follow

Filed under: Frankfurt Motor Show, Convertible, Europe, Audi, Luxury

2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet

With the Frankfurt International Auto Show coming home to roost this week, German automakers aren’t about to miss out on the opportunity to roll out their latest. Audi may be making the biggest splash with the new Sport Quattro concept, but will also use the occasion to introduce its latest compact convertible.

We just brought you the first leaked images of the new Audi A3 Cabriolet the other day, but now Ingolstadt has revealed the full thing. Slotting in below the A5 Cabriolet and replacing the previous A3 Cabriolet as the entry-level convertible in the Audi lineup, the new cabrio joins the A3 family as the fourth bodystyle in the range.

Based more closely on the sedan than the hatchback, the new A3 Cabriolet is a bit bigger than its predecessor in every dimension but height. Rather than go the folding hardtop route, Audi has stuck with its tried-and-tested hydraulic fabric roof mechanism that can open or close in just 18 seconds. But for the first time, Audi is offering the A3 Cabriolet with Quattro all-wheel drive, and – get this – will offer an S3 convertible version as well, complete with 300 horsepower and a 5.4-second 0-62 time.

What we don’t know at this point is whether the new A3 Cabriolet (or S3 version) will make the transatlantic voyage Stateside, but while we wait on word, you can scope out all the images in the gallery above and the details in the UK-market press release below for a closer look.

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