Audi will launch next year a COnvertible version of the A3. It will compete with the next 1-Series Convertible and the next generation Mini Cooper Convertible.

Claus Haverkamp, Head of Body Structure Development at Audi, revealed: "The next open-roof model in our plans is the A3 Cabriolet, which will go on sale in 2008."

The A3 Convertible will feature an electric folding canvas roof and will probably be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next March.

It will be powered by the same FSI petrol and TDI diesel engines used by the A3 hatchback range. Entry-level models are likely to get a 1.6 FSI unit, with the line-up topped by a 3.2-litre V6. There’s good news for performance fans, too. A flagship 2.0-litre turbocharged S3 drop-top will appear towards 2009, boasting the same quattro four-wheel-drive system as its hard-top brother.

In the UK the 2008 A3 Convertible will be priced starting £18,500.

Source: AutoExpress

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