Audi has announced the entry-level 1.6-litre petrol engine in the A3 Cabriolet is to be replaced by a new 1.2-litre ‘TFSI’ turbo – offering more power and greater efficiency for lower cost.
Audi’s entry-level rival to the BMW 1 Series Convertible will be available in Standard, Sport and S line specification.
Turbocharged power and efficiency
This new, lightweight (89.5kg) engine is already available in the Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Yeti, amongst other Volkswagen Group products, and becomes the smallest capacity petrol engine ever fitted into an Audi.
With 103bhp it matches the old 1.6 for power output, but generates an additional 20lb ft of torque (pulling power), giving it a total of 129lb ft available all the way from 1,500 to 4,100rpm. This results in faster acceleration and a higher top speed – 12.2 seconds 0-62mph and 118mph instead of 12.5 seconds and 114mph.
Thanks to the efficiency gains that arise from turbocharging and the standard fit six-speed manual gearbox, the 1.2 TSI is also far greener. CO2 output drops 35g/km to 132g/km, and fuel economy improves 9.2mpg to 49.6mpg combined (according to EU testing figures).
Standard specification for the new Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.2 TFSI includes 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, electric windows and mirrors, CD player and ‘semi-automatic’ folding fabric roof. This means although it is electric in operation, you still have to manually latch and unlatch the roof from the windscreen surround.
Sport adds 17-inch alloys, upgraded stereo sports suspension, sports seats and fully automatic roof – which takes just 9 seconds to fold, 11 seconds to raise, and incorporates increased acoustic insulation. S line touches include 18-inch alloys, new bumpers, part leather trim, multifunction steering wheel and matt aluminium inlays.
Remarkably, the new Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.2 TFSI is not only faster and more efficient, it is also cheaper.
Prices start at £19,985 on the road – £490 less than the outgoing 1.6-litre version.
It’s available to order now, with first deliveries are expected mid-May.
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