Audi A4 Cabriolet 1.8T
Audi A4 (2002)
A fourth engine for the famous Audi soft-top as new 1.8 T petrol version is launched in the UK

A fourth engine option has been added to the iconic Audi Cabriolet range this week, with a four-cylinder 1.8T unit joining the existing UK V6 petrol power units of 2.4 and 3-litres and the unique to Audi 2.5-litre TDI-engined soft top.

The sought after A4 Cabriolet can now be had with a range of power outputs from 220 PS* to the 163 PS* of the new model. This latest version of Audi’s responsive and efficient 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit is available to order now, priced at £24,050 OTR.

With demand so strong for the new Cabriolet in Britain, Audi UK has secured an increase in right-hand-drive production capacity for all petrol and TDI A4 Cabriolet models this year. This is to ensure that customer’s orders placed now can be fulfilled in the first quarter of 2003 (dependent on specification).

With 163 PS* and peak torque of 225Nm (166lb ft) available from just 1,950rpm, the new A4 Cabriolet 1.8 T very closely matches its smooth 2.4 V6 petrol counterpart (170 PS*) in terms of performance, but it will deliver power in its own distinctive way. Customers can now choose between a smooth 6-cylinder engine, or the unmistakable ‘punch’ of a turbo-four.

Equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox, it will be capable of accelerating to 62mph from rest in 9.4 seconds (2.4 - 9.7 seconds) and will reach a top speed, where permissible, of 140mph (2.4 – 139mph). Its keen performance will be combined with competitively modest fuel consumption giving up to 33.2mpg on the combined cycle (2.4 – 28.8mpg), and relatively low CO2 output of 204g/km (2.4 – 235g/km)

*The maximum power output figures are quoted in PS (Pferdestärke, which is the metric equivalent of brake horsepower). To convert from metric to imperial horsepower, divide the PS figure by 1.0139.

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Published : 20/11/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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