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Audi Droptops Arrive for Spring 2006

2007 S4 and A4 Cabrios Get North American Intro in New York
Audi’s A4 and S4 sedan and wagon underwent a moderate change for the 2006 model year, but the convertibles carried on unchanged for a year. Though the launch of Audi’s cabrios may be overshadowed a bit by the second-generation TT coupe also being launched in New York, this is the first chance for U.S. buyers to get a look at the updated A4 and S4 convertibles. The worldwide introduction was at the 2006 Frankfurt show in September 2005, where AutoPacific and VehicleVoice correspondents were in attendance.


The A4 convertible sports new engines along with its new look, while the S4 continues with the 340HP V8 it has offered since 2004 model year. The convertibles continue to offer active front airbags, an active roll-over protection system with roll bars behind the rear seats, and side airbags.

The change brings the A4 and S4 convertible exteriors and powertrains in line with their four-door brethren. For the A4 this means adaptations of the new corporate grille, a 2.0T version with the 200HP 2.0L DOHC 16v direct-injection I4, and the 255HP 3.2L DOHC 24v direct-injection V6. Both engines are available in the A4 and A3. The 2.0L can be ordered with quattro, but the all-wheel-drive system is standard with the V6.
Introduced on the sedan last year, the V8-powered S4 cabrio also gets an updated Audi singleframe grille, this one designed for the S cars. S4 convertibles also get larger air intakes, V8 badges on the fenders, four oval exhaust pipes, and standard eighteen-inch wheels.


Six-speed manual and six-speed automatic are the transmission choices for the S4 convertible; the standard convertible gets a CVT with a seven-speed self-shift mode when the front-drive 2.0T is specified, but a six-speed automatic with quattro. International markets complement the drivetrains available in the States with several diesel choices as well as a 163HP I4 for the A4.

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