So what makes this S3 tick? Under the hood lies a 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder rated at 300 horsepower from 5,500-rpm to 6,200-rpm. Torque arrives at just 1,800 rpm and holds through 5,500 rpm, twisting up 280 pound-feet of force. Equipped with the standard six-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox, the S3 Cabriolet can run to 62 mph in just 5.4 seconds, thanks to a built-in launch control function. If that's a touch less brisk than you might expect from so much torque and power, lay it at the feet of the 3,571-pound curb weight. While it's a tick slower than the 2015 Audi S3 Sedan, that's the price of the style and fun of an open top.
According to Audi, the S3 Cabriolet rates 33 mpg in the European test cycle, which should translate to a combined rating in the mid-to-upper-20-mpg range once it's been put through the EPA regimen. Fair enough for a compact luxury sports cabrio--especially when you consider the Audi S3 Cabrio is fitted with standard quattro all-wheel drive.
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Features and options in the cabin will match the brand's larger offerings, with MMI navigation, a high-resolution screen, touch control, LTE connectivity, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system all on the options sheet. Driver assistance and safety features will also be available, including adaptive cruise control, active lane assist, park assist, and more.