Audi Cabriolet Review1992 - 2002

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Models Covered: Audi Cabriolet - 1992-to date (1.8 Cabriolet, 2.0 cabriolet [2.0E] / 2.3 5cy Cabriolet [2.3E] / 2.6 6cy Cabriolet [2.6E] / 2.8 6cy Cabriolet [2.8E])

Audi Cabriolet Review

Quick Summary of the Audi Cabriolet

OVERALLAudi Cabriolet Overall Rating

This is a car designed for posing and there's nothing wrong with that. As a stylish convertible, it can mix it with Mercedes and Jaguars of the same era but show it a winding road and you may be wishing you'd thought about an MGF or BMW Z3. For wafting about on a sunny day, rather than blasting from bend to bend, this is the car to have.


The Audi Cabriolet was one of those rare cars that found its second wind after a few years on sale, just like the Mazda MX5 did more recently. It arrived to a small audience of admirers, but its sales skyrocketed when a certain Princess (Diana) made one her personal transport. She and the car were filmed arriving at her gym, seemingly every night, on the evening news a few years back. For Audi, the publicity was worth a million TV commercials.It was a car that didn't really fit in with Audi's familiar Vorsprung durch Technik image. It had a relatively low count of technology (no quattro versions, for example) but what it did have was style with a capital 'S'. The mid-Nineties Diana-follower sales boom now means that well maintained examples are around in good numbers. For the used buyer, the choice has never been better.
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History of the Cabriolet

The Cabriolet was released in May 1992 as a 2.3-litre five-cylinder manual-only car. It sold well and was joined a year later by a cheaper 2.0-litre four-cylinder version, the 2.0E. The '2.6E' arrived in December 1993 and replaced the 2.3E. The only update was the standard fitment of a driver's airbag across the range in July 1994. In May 1996, a new 2.8-litre V6 arrived and this car was called '2.8E'.A 1.8-litre version replaced the 2.0-litre in March 1997. This is the exc