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The thrilling new 300PS Cabriolet joins the Audi S3 range for an even more rewarding roof-down drive.

An exhilarating and fresh approach to open-air motoring comes courtesy of Audi with the first-ever convertible Audi ā€˜Sā€™ model in the premium compact class. First customer deliveries of the all-new, 300 PS S3 Cabriolet are expected to commence in July.

From a visual standpoint alone, the Audi S3 Cabriolet cuts an athletic figure. It is 4.43 metres long, has a wheelbase of 2.60 metres, and is 1.79 metres wide and 1.39 metres tall. The proportions are extended and balanced elegantly; precise lines and muscular, arched surfaces define the flanks.

The open-top, four-seater has a soft top with an electrohydraulic drive. Magnesium, aluminium and high-strength steel keep its weight low. A highly insulating foam layer in the roof reduces the noise level in the interior and the top is available in three colours. It opens or closes in 18 seconds, even while driving at speeds of up to 31 mph. An active rollover system protects passengers in the event of an accident.

Many design details hint at the engaging driving potential of the car. The Singleframe grille, surrounded by a chrome frame, features a platinum-grey insert and double cross-struts with an aluminium look. The air intakes are framed by powerful edges and filled with double ribs and honeycomb inserts. S3 badges adorn the front and rear. The ten paint colours include the exclusive Panther Black, with crystal effect.

Aluminium strips on the windshield frame and beltline, aluminium-look exterior mirror housings and edged sill trims define the sides. The taillights are equipped with LEDs as standard. The luggage compartment lid has a spoiler edge, and the bumper has been redesigned. An aluminium-look bar and four vertical ribs give shape to the platinum-grey diffuser, which frames the four tailpipes typical of Audi S models.

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