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Why winter is the best time to buy a convertible
Monday, 08 December 2014

With the nights closing in and temperatures plummeting, blasting along those narrow country lanes with the wind in your hair might be the last thing on your mind. But winter could be the perfect time to grab a convertible on the cheap – dealers with soft-tops are desperate to free up space for models with more seasonal appeal, which gives the canny car buyer the chance of picking up a bargain!

UK car sales generally peak twice during the year, once in March then again in September; perhaps unsurprisingly these are the same two months when the number plates change. Research suggests that when demand for certain cars goes down, so do the prices – this means car buyers should certainly consider a convertible in winter when demand is lower.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that a convertible is only useful in the summer months, but modern soft-tops can offer owners a comfortable, warm cabin when the roof is down.

Today’s fabric roofs are built to last and designed to put up with a lot of punishment meaning you can have peace of mind all year round.

Convertibles have come a long way over the last few decades and nowadays often come with folding metal hardtops meaning they are a great investment even during the winter months.

The cabriolet market is vast with almost every major car manufacturer offering a soft-top model – here at Audi we have a great selection and to help you we’ve picked out three of our top drop-tops for you to take a look at.

A3 Cabriolet

A great drive and classy inside and out, the Audi A3 Cabriolet comes with a range of well-refined engine options which means that this small soft-top is a great option.

The 1.6 TDI 100 S line variant manages a super frugal 72.4mpg and emits just 104 g/km of C02, meaning it comes in for a BIK company car tax of just 16 per cent.

Those looking for a pacier option should take a look at the 1.8 TFS 180 quattro Sport which manages 0-60mph in just 7.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 145 mph.

Standard kit on the entry level A3 Cabriolet is impressive with air conditioning, heated mirrors, MP3/iPod connection, alloy wheels and hands free phone kit all featured.

The list of optional extras is long with cruise control, leather seats, reversing camera, rear parking camera and lane departure warning all available.

Prices for the Audi A3 Cabriolet start at £26,085.

A5 Cabriolet

When it comes to cabriolets it doesn’t get much classier than this – the A5 is everything you would expect from an Audi and more, with superb build quality and a great range of engines.

The 2.0-litre TDI powertrain option offers superb economy with 60.1 mpg and C02 emissions of only 124g/km.

A brutal 4.2-litre V8 engine is also available which is capable of 0-60mph in just 4.9 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Standard kit with the basic A5 includes cruise control, heated mirrors, alloy wheels, leather seats and Bluetooth.

Optional extras include metallic paint, satellite navigation, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.

Prices for the Audi A5 Cabriolet begin at £32,320.

Audi TT Roadster

One of the most complete sports cars on the market already, the Audi TT is only improved by taking the roof off.

A choice of petrol and diesel engines, and two- or four-wheel drive transmissions mean there is an Audi TT to suit every taste.

The entry-level 1.8-litre petrol manages 158bhp, with a 2.0-litre TFSI producing 208bhp and can complete the classic 0-60mph sprint in only 6.2 seconds.

Standard kit on the basic model includes xenon headlights with LED daytime-running lights, retractable rear spoiler, Keyless go, leather seats and DAB digital radio.

Prices for the Audi TT Roadster start from £31,955.

Audi reveals Prologue concept in LA
Monday, 08 December 2014

Audi has given its biggest indication yet of where its design direction will be heading in the coming years with the unveiling of its new Audi Prologue concept car.

Head of Design at Audi, Marc Lichte, presented the Audi Prologue concept car at the Los Angeles Auto Show with Board Member for Development, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, saying: “When he moved to Audi, Marc Lichte launched a design offensive.

“His clear philosophy and precise understanding of Audi DNA let him develop a design strategy that is opening up entirely new perspectives for us”.

He added: “It is progressive and highly emotional; it expresses the technological competence and quality claim of the brand perfectly. The Audi prologue is its first proponent - it is a ‘signature car' for Audi."

Based on the A8 Saloon, the Prologue is 40mm shorter, 70mm lower and sits on a set of 22-inch wheels.

A striking hexagonal front grille is complimented by slim headlights, while the same lights at the rear complete an elegant look.

Marc Lichte himself had this to say: "Audi stands for sportiness, lightweight design and the quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

“In the Audi prologue, we are expressing this know-how in a new form - we have put the sportiest car in the luxury segment on wheels. Our team took new approaches in both exterior and interior design."

Engine-wise, the Prologue is powered by a 4.0-litre TFSI producing 597bhp and 750Nm of torque meaning it can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds.

A potent all-wheel steering system means the rear wheels can turn up to five degrees meaning this saloon is extremely nimble and secure on the road.

The quality and elegance of the Audi Prologue continues inside – surfaces for displays and controls are cleverly integrated into the instrument panel and console of the of the centre tunnel.

Passengers even get their own butler with an innovative intelligent software program identifies each person through their smartphones and adjusts the seats and climate control system according to their preferences.

The ‘butler’ even makes recommendations for music and route planning that are tailored to the owner’s preferences.

For more information on any Audi vehicles – contact us today!

 
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