Audi showcases stretched A3 Cabriolet
Audi has published pictures of a mysterious one-off A3 Cabriolet that has been stretched and fitted with four additional doors.
Based on the last-gen A3 Cabrio, the stretched model is nearly identical to its stock counterpart from the tip of the front bumper to the A-pillar. Beyond that, it features two A3-sourced leather-upholstered rear bench seats, a setup that allows it to offer space for up to eight passengers in relative comfort.
The chassis has undoubtedly been reinforced, but Audi has opted not to publish full technical specifications. It doesn’t look like the XL-sized Cabriolet is fitted with a top, so what happens when it rains is anyone’s guess.
All told, the six-door A3 Cabriolet asks more questions than it answers. For starters, Audi has not revealed why the car was built or what the future holds for it.
Careful observers will notice the convertible is flying the flag of the Free State of Bavaria on the passenger-side fender. The region is commonly associated with BMW, but it’s also where Audi’s home town of Ingolstadt is located. However, the stretched A3 hasn’t been used in parades or by government officials so the flag could have simply been added there as a decoration.
A more likely scenario is that Audi had its apprentices build the car as part of their training. However, this is pure speculation until an official statement is released.