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We ran this car on VWvortex and Audiworld. It's pretty cool looking, and a direct competitor to the C70 so I figured I'd post it here.<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/news/08_01/08_08/01.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/news/08_01/08_08/05.jpg"> <P>Below is the accompanying press release:<P>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), Audi will be presenting a show car as the first representative of its new A4 Cabriolet. <P>The market launch of the production version of the four-seater model with fully automatic soft top will follow in Spring 2002. <P>The exhibition model, which is 4.57 meters long and 1.77 meters 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. <P>One thing is already certain: the uncompromising dynamism of the V6 engines, developing up to 162 kW (220 bhp), and the aluminum suspension, coupled with the elegant simplicity of Audi design and exclusive equipment will also characterize the production version of the A4 Cabriolet — the perfect basis for a new kind of driving experience. <P>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.<P>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 aluminum surface and the aluminum 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.<P>Two powerful V6 engines provide the front-wheel-drive Audi A4 Cabriolet with the necessary propulsion: the new 162 kW (220 bhp) 3.0-liter unit with aluminum engine block and continuous camshaft adjustment and the 2.4-liter 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. <BR>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.<P>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.<P>Yet the sporting talents of the new A4 Cabriolet are by no means limited to the drive train sector. The lightweight aluminum suspension, based on the much-praised axle design of the A4 saloon, provides the ideal basis for maximum agility and, consequently, sheer driving pleasure. <P>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. <P>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 center of gravity — compared with the saloon and Avant models. <P>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.<P>The Cabriolet's passengers also travel in style in terms of spaciousness. The wheelbase has been increased by 100 millimeters compared with the previous generation. This means considerable more room in all directions; the A4 Cabriolet is a full-size four-seater vehicle. 66 millimeters more knee room for the rear passengers, 36 millimeters more shoulder room at the front and as much as 67 millimeters in the back: these are just some of the figures that verify the leap between generations and that are confirmed by a generous feeling of space which can also be felt subjectively.<P>The luggage compartment has also grown considerably compared with the previous model: thanks to its variable design it has a capacity of 315 liters when the hood is closed, and still a generous 246 liters with the roof down — a dimension that puts the Audi A4 Cabriolet streets ahead of key competitors.<P>The new Audi A4 Cabriolet also sets a benchmark in its class with a tank volume of 70 liters. <P>This also applies to the new model's range of equipment. The Audi A4 Cabriolet's standard specification includes numerous features that are often only available at extra cost elsewhere: for example, a fully automatic hood, automatic air conditioning and an active rollover protection system. Electric windows, central locking with radio remote control, Isofix child seat mountings on three seats and 16-inch alloy wheels are also part of the standard package. An equipment specification that sets standards.<BR>
 
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