Official: Audi reveals S3 Cabriolet ahead of Geneva debut

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Audi S3 Cabriolet

It used to be if you wanted an Audi S3, your choices in bodystyle came down to hatchback or… hatchback. That is, in markets where the model was offered at all. But Audi has been expanding the A3 global family upon which the S3 is based, and it intends to offer the performance-minded derivative as a three-door hatch, five-door hatch, four-door sedan and – with the introduction of the version you see here – a two-door convertible.

Set to be presented in public for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show early next month, the new Audi S3 Cabriolet packs the same 2.0-liter turbo four as its fixed-roof counterparts – all 290 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of it – but ditches the extra doors and the tin top in favor of the two-door cabriolet bodystyle of the A3 Cabriolet.

The added weight of the folding fabric roof mechanism and the extra body reinforcement required means that the S3 cabrio takes half a second more to reach 62 miles per hour from a standstill than it would take the sedan version, clocking the run at 5.4 seconds instead of 4.9. This, despite more generous use of magnesium, aluminum and high-strength steel in its construction. Top speed, as is the German custom, remains pinned at 155 mph.

Power, of course, is transmitted to all four wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Otherwise, you’re looking at pretty much exactly what you’d expect: a melding of the A3 Cabriolet and the S3, giving buyers the best of both worlds. With Audi promising an expanded A3 lineup here in the States that includes a convertible model, the prospects of seeing an S3 Cabriolet in our showrooms suddenly seem a bit brighter. In the meantime, the press release below and the high-res images in our gallery above are about as close as we’re get until we see it on the floor of the Geneva Palexpo in a few weeks.

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