SPRING is here and an Audi A3 Cabriolet arrived in our garage. What could be better?
Where this car really excels is in the driveline. Instead of the six-speed manual, we tested the optional $2600 six-speed dual-clutch S tronic gearbox which is lightning fast, intuitive and responsive to driver input.
Best of all is the subtle “burp” from the exhaust as it changes up under full charge. It’s like a little sonic boom.
With its 2.0-litre TFSI, it belts out 147kW of power and 280Nm of torque. There is a momentary turbo lag, then cut snakes and scalded cats get out of the way as the little A3 starts to boogie.
With the transmission set in drive, it changes gears quickly up through the range to provide optimum fuel economy.