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New A4 Cabriolet revealed at Frankfurt

A new look A4 Cabriolet with new engines and more sporting driving characteristics will be unveiled by Audi at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.

It will be available to order in the UK from November for first deliveries in the first quarter of 2006.

The car features four petrol and TDI engines, three of which are new to the A4 Cabriolet – 1.8 T petrol, 2.0 T FSI petrol, 3.2 V6 FSI petrol and 3.0 TDI. The chassis has also been revised.

The single frame front grille that symbolises the new Audi family look brings the new A4 Cabriolet into line with its fixed roof relatives.

Of the four units available from launch, three are new to the A4 Cabriolet – the four-cylinder turbo petrol 2.0 T FSI with 200PS, the 3.2 V6 FSI and the 3.0 V6 TDI, now upgraded from 204PS to 233PS.

The 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol with 163PS also features in the initial line-up.

The four engines deliver their power to the road either via quattro four-wheel-drive or through the front wheels. Customers can also choose from five-speed and six-speed manual gearboxes, the continuously variable multitronic, which has seven speeds in its ‘manual’ mode, and the six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission.

As before, the new A4 Cabriolet features an electro-hydraulically operated hood with a heated glass rear window as standard across the range. Its sound insulation can be further improved in the latest model by an optional acoustic hood, which through the use of new fabrics with a greater density reduces cabin noise to a level that virtually matches the A4 Saloon.

In addition to the power hood, standard equipment for the latest A4 Cabriolet also includes 16-inch, 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels (depending on version), electric front and rear windows and mirrors, electronic climate control, a Concert audio system with CD player and an automatic roll-over protection system. New even more protective two-stage airbags are also now fitted, as is the latest generation Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) incorporating new features such as Hydraulic Fading Compensation (HFC) for the brake system, hydraulic brake assist and a wet-weather disc wiping function.

UK pricing and detailed specification for the new A4 Cabriolet will be announced nearer to its November UK on sale date.

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