By Mike Torpey on 2013-01-31 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
Final fling for Audi
AUDI is gracefully withdrawing the current A3 Cabriolet models - with the help of new high spec Final Edition versions.
Work is continuing on the new generation soft-top, in the meantime these Final Edition cars are based on the familiar Sport and S line specification levels, with prices from £23,775 to £30,615.
They replace the Sport model's cloth upholstery with Vienna leather and add front seat heating, rear parking sensors, auto headlight and wiper activation, cruise control and a Bluetooth mobile phone interface.
That's in addition to existing Sport trimmings like 17-inch alloys, sports suspension, dual-zone climate control, a Concert CD audio system with auxiliary iPod/MP3 socket and automatic acoustic hood.
S line Final Edition models go further, replacing the original 18-inch S line alloy wheels with a new five-spoke design, adding Vienna leather upholstery and boosting the safety and entertainment features to include xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lamps, DVD-based sat-nav, Audi Music Interface iPod connection and a BOSE sound system.
The premium for the new A3 Cabriolet Sport Final Edition model is £2,340 over the standard A3 Cabriolet, which is also continuing in this final production run and compared with adding the extras individually the premium represents a saving of £1,605.
The step up to the S line Final Edition from the Sport Final Edition costs another £2,435, effectively saving £3,640 compared with choosing its additional equipment separately.
Power options for standard Cabriolet models, and both Final Edition variants, include three direct injection petrol units - the 1.2 TFSI with 105PS, the 1.8 TFSI with 160PS and 2.0 TFSI with 200PS - or two turbo-diesels - the 1.6 TDI with 105PS and 2.0 TDI with 140PS.
Prices for the final Cabriolet range start from £21,435 for the 1.2 TFSI standard model. Sport Final Edition versions start from £23,775 and S line Final Editions from £26,210.
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