Take All Your Friends on Vacation in the 8-Seat Audi A3 Convertible
Audi builds a one-of-a-kind A3 Cabrio.
Love driving convertibles, but wish you could bring more friends along for the ride? To solve that problem, Audi has built the strangest convertible since the erstwhile Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. The six-door, eight-seat Audi A3 convertible is a one-off model that Audi Germany dubs the "XXL."
The XXL began life as a regular Audi A3 convertible, but it was stretched and four extra doors were fitted. The extra length allowed Audi to fit in two more rows of three seats, dramatically increasing the number of people who can tag along for fair-weather trips. Audi hasn't said yet how the modifications affect the car's weight or structural stiffness, but the company has said there are no plans to put the A3 XXL into series production. The car's roof doesn't work and it is not currently street-legal in Germany, according to Audi. For now, the XXL is merely a marketing exercise designed to promote the standard, two-door A3 Cabrio.
While the XXL was created from the last-gen A3 convertible, in the U.S., the 2016 Audi A3 convertible is offered with only two doors and seating for just four people. When equipped with its base 170-hp, 1.8-liter turbo-four engine, the 2016 Audi A3 convertible starts at $36,525 with destination. Opting for the 220-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four engine bumps the convertible's starting price up to $39,525. Unsurprisingly, no price has yet been announced for the XXL version.