Updated: 04/02/2013 12:19 | By motoringresearch.com

Revealed: Audi A3 Cabriolet Final Edition

It's a year until the next one, but Audi is already waving goodbye to the current A3 Cabriolet


Revealed: Audi A3 Cabriolet Final Edition

There’s a little over a year to wait for the launch of the new A3 cabriolet, but Audi is already saying goodbye to the existing model by launching an a run-out special – the aptly named Final Edition.

Well, it’s final in the sense that it’s the last one until the new one arrives, but presumably Penultimate Edition didn’t have the same ring to it. Sport and S line Final Editions replace current Sport and S line versions, and come loaded with extra kit.

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On the Sport Final Edition, many previous options now become standard, including Vienna leather, heated seats, rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and wipers, cruise control and Bluetooth connectivity.

Prices range from £23,775 for the 1.2 TFSI petrol engine to £27,030 for the 2.0 TDI.

The S line Final Edition adds new five-segment spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, Vienna leather, xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, DVD-based sat nav, iPod connectivity and a BOSE sound system.

Prices start from £26,210 for the 1.2-litre, rising to £29,465 for the 2.0-litre diesel.

Putting that into perspective, the Sport Final Edition carries a £2,340 premium over the standard A3 cabriolet, with a further £2,435 required if you want to upgrade to the S line Final Edition.

In both cases they represent a significant savings compared to buying all the additional items separately. But then, Audi will be keen to shift the outgoing A3 drop-top, especially with news of its replacement coming out.

This will use the VW Group’s new MQB platform, as seen on the new Golf, Skoda Octavia and Seat Leon, as well the latest A3 three-door and Sportback. But unlike the current A3 cabriolet, it will be based on the forthcoming A3 saloon, rather than the hatchback.

Expect a range of petrol and diesel engines with prices starting from around £24,000 for the entry-level model. It’s due to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show later in the year, with buyers taking delivery as early as next spring.

But if you fancy some topless Audi motoring sooner than that, the Final Editions of the current car are available to order now.

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