Revised 2.5 V6 TDI engine creates Britain’s only diesel powered convertible
The latest refined and responsive Audi V6 TDI engines have made the previously unattractive concept of a diesel-powered convertible an entirely plausible one. As a result, the new A4 Cabriolet 2.5 TDI opens for UK ordering in standard and Sport forms on August 16th, with on the road prices of £26,385 and £27,135 respectively.
The only convertible diesel model available in Britain will be powered by a recently revised, 163bhp version of the turbo-charged, 2.5-litre six-cylinder engine (previously 155bhp). In six-speed manual form it will be capable of accelerating to 62mph from rest in 9.9 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 140mph and covering just over 39mpg (combined cycle), while emitting an impressively low 194g/km of CO2 (2.4 V6 235g/km).
Audi’s multitronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) will be available as an extra cost option, and in contrast to the majority of automatic gearboxes, will have virtually no bearing on performance, fuel economy or emissions. Maximum speed will be slightly reduced to 135mph, but acceleration, combined cycle consumption and CO2 output will be virtually identical.
Such is the demand for the petrol-powered 2.4 V6 and 3.0 V6 versions of the A4 Cabriolet that the original UK allocation for 2002 was sold long before the car’s July 1st on sale date. To reduce the delivery lead times for cars ordered now (depending on specification), Audi UK has managed to secure extra right-hand-drive production capacity for this year.
Standard equipment for all A4 Cabriolet models includes 16-inch ‘5-arm Aero’ alloy wheels, an electrically operated hood, remote control central locking activating an alarm with interior microwave protection, electronic climate control, a leather 4-spoke multifunction steering wheel and a Concert stereo with single CD player. An automatic roll-over protection system also adds to the extensive list of safety features already fitted to A4 saloon and Avant models.
Sport versions gain striking 17-inch ‘5-spoke star’ alloy wheels with 235/45 R17 tyres, sports suspension, a sports leather steering wheel and sports seats with electric lumbar support adjustment.Published 9 August 2002