Audi Discontinues A3 Cabriolet In the United States

Poor sales are to blame for the downfall of the A3 Cabriolet in the U.S., but the A3 Sedan soldiers on for the 2020 model year. Audi plans to replace the A3 altogether with the arrival of the next generation next year, and if the rumors are to be believed, seven variants are expected from the newcomer.
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Car & Driver explains that the A3 Cabriolet received the ax “at the peak of convertible season,” but nevertheless, the four-ringed automaker will discount the remaining stock as soon as fall enters the scene. Adding insult to injury, the A5 Cabriolet is a bit more successful in the United States of America.

Because North America can’t get enough crossovers, SUVs, and trucks, the A3 lineup is on a bit of a downfall. No more than 5,650 units of every body style were sold through July 2019, representing a drop in volume of 52 percent compared to the same period of 2018. What an unsurprising development, isn’t it?

Starting at $38,900 in this part of the world, the A3 Cabriolet is readily available in dealership lots. More than 160 examples of the breed are waiting for their first owners, packing a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 184 horsepower (187 PS) and 222 pound-feet (300 Nm) of torque. That kind of suck-squeeze-bang-blow translates to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds for the dual-clutch option.

Top speed, even with the top down? Make that 130 mph, enough for every road or driving scenario as long as you’re staying away from the racing track. Opting for quattro all-wheel drive also translates to bigger numbers for the 2.0 TFSI, namely 228 horsepower (231 PS) and 258 pound-feet (350 Nm) of torque.

For the time being, only three convertible Audi models are available in the United States. These are the TT Roadster at $48,400 and A5 Cabriolet at $51,200. The R8 Spyder doesn’t count given the difference in pricing, and as if that wasn’t enough for Audi fans, the TT will be phased out for an all-electric model “in the same price range.”


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