Frankfurt Debut For New Audi A4 Cabriolet | Part Two

New Audi A4 Cabriolet

Audi A4

Extensive suspension improvements

For an even better compromise between ride comfort and handling agility the latest A4 Cabriolet’s four-link front and self-tracking trapezoidal-link rear suspension has been extensively modified to include new elements such as shock absorbers, mountings, trapezoidal links and track rods adopted from the new A6 and the S4 quattro. Revised spring and shock absorber settings and a thorough rework of the steering configuration also help to give the driver greater precision, but also better feedback from the road when cruising. Servotronic speed-sensitive power steering is a new standard feature of the 2.0 T FSI, 3.2 V6 FSI and 3.0 TDI versions.

Larger diameter brakes offering even more assured performance have also been added to suit the new, more powerful engines.

The modern and innovative interior design of the new A4 Cabriolet perfectly complements its progressive exterior styling, and has been enhanced in this latest version by new-generation steering wheels with centre sections mirroring the single frame grille design and aluminium door trim inserts and inlays.

As before, the new A4 Cabriolet features an electro-hydraulically operated hood with a heated glass rear window as standard across the range. Its already much praised 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 refinement of the fixed head 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.

Published 6 September 2005 Melanie Carter

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