August 7, 2001

The New Audi A4 Cabriolet
Text and pictures courtesy of Audi AG

In the nine years or so that it was in production, the Audi Cabriolet acquired the status of a genuine classic. Now the time has finally come for its long-awaited successor. Audi will be revealing its first sign of spring even before the onset of winter: at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show (13 to 22 September 2001), the brand with the four-ring emblem will be presenting a show car as the first representative of its new A4 Cabriolet.

The market launch of the production version of the four-seater model with fully automatic soft top will follow in Spring 2002.

The exhibition model, which is 4.57 metres long and 1.77 metres wide, incorporates the classically elegant characteristics of the Audi Cabriolet in a new design, at the same time underlining the sporty image of the Audi brand.

One thing is already certain: the uncompromising dynamism of the V6 engines, developing up to 162 kW (220 bhp), and the aluminium suspension, coupled with the elegant simplicity of Audi design and exclusive equipment will also characterise the production version of the A4 Cabriolet - the perfect basis for a new kind of driving experience.

A vehicle whose temperament and unique qualities are obvious at first glance: the flat front end, the subtle wedge shape and the powerfully contoured tail with visible tailpipes are clear indications of the sporting prowess that its designers have given it.

The double radiator grille, distinct, round wheel arches and the basic line of the silhouette identify the Cabriolet as a member of the A4 model family. Nonetheless, with its powerful proportions and the unique characteristics of the front and tail ends, it exudes an extremely individual aura. The windscreen frame with its brushed aluminium surface and the aluminium strip along the waistline additionally underline this individuality. There's no question about it: the new Cabriolet is the emotional spearhead of the sporty A4 model family.

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