Engine & Suspension
Two powerful V6 engines provide the front-wheel-drive Audi A4 Cabriolet with the necessary propulsion: the new 162 kW (220 bhp) 3.0-litre unit with aluminium engine block and continuous camshaft adjustment and the 2.4-litre version boosted to 125 kW (170 bhp) will be available at market launch. With a peak torque of 300 or 230 Nm respectively, they make supreme traction from any speed as much fun as extremely swift acceleration from a standstill.
At the same time, both engines are notable for their sporty six-cylinder sound and outstanding refinement - a combination that is extremely popular, especially with convertible drivers.
The Audi A4 Cabriolet introduces a brand new dimension to transmission technology, unique in the convertible segment, in the form of the continuously variable multitronic. This transmission combines the dynamic qualities of a manual gearbox with the convenience of an automatic. And the multitronic adds to these strengths with the unique experience of continuously variable acceleration.
Yet the sporting talents of the new A4 Cabriolet are by no means limited to the drive train sector. The lightweight aluminium suspension, based on the much-praised axle design of the A4 saloon, provides the ideal basis for maximum agility and, consequently, sheer driving pleasure.
Four-link front suspension and trapezoidal-link rear suspension enable maximum steering precision and clearly defined handling with excellent cornering stability. Ride comfort also benefits from this ingenious axle design because a low unsprung mass also makes for a particularly sensitive response.
A general characteristic for which the A4 saloon has already received unanimous praise in the automotive press, and which is accentuated even more clearly on this new model. Audi's development engineers have tuned the chassis components to improve sports performance even further. And they have also lowered the suspension - and consequently the centre of gravity - compared with the saloon and Avant models.
This concept is ideally complemented by the high torsional rigidity of the Cabriolet body. It is a full 112 percent more rigid than its predecessor - a quantum leap. This gain benefits both dynamic performance and comfort.