Audi has already confirmed the A3 Convertible as the main competitor for the BMW 1-Series Convertible. The new model will be launched next year in March at Geneva Motor Show.
The A3 Convertible will be powered by the same FSI petrol and TDI diesel engines used by the A3 hatchback range. The base models will use a 1.6 FSI unit, while the top of the line will be powered by a 3.2-litre V6. A turbocharged S3 will also be launched in 2009.
Audi will launch a totally redesigned A3 in 2010. The new generation will be offered in three variants including a coupe, 3-door hatchback as well as a convertible.