Audi has just launched the A3 Cabriolet in India at a price of INR 44.75 lakh (ex-showroom) in Delhi. That makes it the cheapest convertible sedan available in our country. And as we had speculated, the car has indeed been launched only with a petrol engine.

Audi A3 Cabriolet Launch

That 1.8-litre TFSI motor puts out 177 horses and 250 Nm, and all that power is sent to the front wheels via Audi’s 7-Speed S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission. The company offers a Quattro option with a 220 bhp petrol engine abroad but that would have perhaps crossed the 50-lakh-rupee mark here.

Audi A3 Cabriolet

Audi claims a 0-100 km/h time of 7.8 seconds for this turbocharged petrol (the 1.8, I mean) and a top speed of 242 km/h – numbers that should keep most owners happy. It’s a two-door, four-seat car measuring 4,421 mm in length. The four-door A3 sedan is 4,456 mm long, which means the Cabriolet should provide almost as much leg room as the sedan for the rear occupants…

Audi A3 Cabriolet rear

We already told you a couple of days back that the soft-top folds in 18 seconds and it can be taken off or put back on up to speeds of 50 km/h. Continuing with the exterior description here, the doors and windscreen frame carry an aluminium finish and being an S-line package the car gets stuff like an integrated rear spoiler, 17-inch alloys, etc. Oh yes, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs (Day-time Running Lights) come standard on the A3 Cabriolet.

Audi A3 Cabriolet Instrumentation

Audi A3 Cabriolet Bi-Xenons

We’ll tell you about the interiors and how it drives when we get to drive it properly, but the car looks promising as far as first impressions go. And at that price, with only the MINI Cooper Convertible as competition (yes, the MINI is cheaper, but it’s a hatch!) it seems that Audi has again got it right!

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