|August 6, 2002
Audi A4 Cabriolet V6 TDI
Audi is extending its A4 Cabriolet model range with a third six-cylinder version, the V6 TDI, which is again emphatically sporty and also highly exclusive. This open-top four-seater is consequently the only convertible worldwide to offer a powerful, smooth-running V6 TDI engine. Another unique feature is that this engine can be combined with either the continuously variable multitronic transmission or the standard 6-speed manual gearbox.
120 kW (163 bhp) and a hefty torque of 310 Nm between 1400 and 3600 rpm permit fast sprints and ample pulling power from all speed ranges. It accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 9.9 seconds and only reaches its top speed at 226 km/h with the 6-speed gearbox or 217 km/h with the multitronic.
The dynamic response of the 2.5-litre V6 TDI has also been further improved. The six-cylinder unit produces a substantial and effectively usable amount of torque even at low revs.
In conjunction with the V6 TDI, the Audi A4 Cabriolet introduces a brand new dimension to transmission technology, unique in the convertible segment, with the continuously variable multitronic. This transmission offers the dynamic qualities of a manual gearbox and surpasses the comfort of a conventional automatic.
It is therefore possible for drivers to cruise along smoothly without hectic use of the pedals - a manner of driving preferred by drivers of convertibles - or to adopt a distinctly dynamic style.
However, the new A4 Cabriolet does not just display its distinctly sporty talents in the discipline of driveline. The lightweight aluminium chassis also guarantees maximum agility and therefore sheer driving pleasure. Four-link front suspension and trapezoidal-link rear suspension provide the perfect basis for exploiting the dynamic potential of the A4 Cabriolet.
The kind of economy that has come to be associated with TDI means class-beating moderation in terms of fuel consumption: just 7.2 litres of diesel flow out of the 70-litre tank every 100 kilometres (according to 1999/100 EC). This adds up to a cruising range verging on 1000 kilometres and opens up a new dimension in independence for convertible drivers.
With this new engine Audi is once again demonstrating its role as the TDI pioneer among convertible manufacturers. The predecessor to the A4 Cabriolet was also the only car in its class to be offered in a TDI version, with a four-cylinder engine that delivered 66 kW (90 bhp). This engine quite literally helped diesel technology to become socially acceptable in the convertible segment: when diesel sales were at their peak, more than 20 percent of models were ordered with this engine in Germany alone.
Prices for the Audi A4 Cabriolet 2.5 V6 TDI in Germany will start at € 35,250. The new version can be ordered straight away; delivery of the first models will take place in October 2002.
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