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Model: A3 2.0 TFSI
Engine: 2.0 litre four-cylinder
Maximum Power: 147 kW (200 hp) @ 5100 rpm
Maximum Torque: 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) @ 1700 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed manual or optional six-speed S tronic
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive
Audi A3 And Audi A3 Sportback
Audi Press Release
3 March 2009
The Audi A3 and A3 Sportback are the sporty models in their class. Innovative technologies such as the S tronic six or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and the Audi magnetic ride suspension system deliver the ultimate in driving enjoyment and dynamic performance. The high-grade equipment and fittings underscore the style of the two premium compacts from Audi.
Design and interior
The strong character of the three-door A3 and the A3 Sportback is immediately conveyed by their looks. The hood, fenders, bumper and large single-frame radiator grill are distinctive in their styling. Daytime running lights are standard features, and the optional Xenon plus headlamps use LEDs. In the A3 Sportback, innovative light-conductor bars in the rear lamps create a ribbon of light that produces a striking effect in the dark.
The sportily elegant feel is carried through into the interior. Aluminium-look elements on the air vents, light switches and center console accentuate the premium character of the Audi A3 and A3 Sportback. For manual transmission models, the driver information system (DIS) displays a recommendation of the ideal gear to select. The front-wheel drive A3 provides a generous 350 to 1,080 litre (12.36 to 38.14 cubic ft) trunk capacity, with the front-wheel drive A3 Sportback even offering 370 to 1,100 litres (13.07 to 38.85 cubic ft).
A number of exclusive extras demonstrate the high-tech standard of the A3 model series. They include the adaptive light dynamic cornering lights and the park assist. The park assist’s ultrasonic sensors scan the length of parking spaces along the roadside and a dashboard display indicates when one of them is big enough to parallel-park into. All the driver has to do is engage reverse and operate the accelerator, clutch and brake pedals – the system steers the car automatically into the space.
Audi has specified eight engines for the A3 – five gasoline and three diesel units. Six of them are state-of-the-art four-cylinder turbocharged direct injection units. Their badging – TFSI and TDI – embodies the strengths of Audi engine technology: power, torque, efficiency, smooth running and high-tech engineering.
The engine range comprises:
• 1.6 developing 75 kW (102 hp)
• 1.4 TFSI developing 92 kW (125 hp)
• 1.8 TFSI and 1.8 TFSI quattro developing 118 kW (160 hp)
• 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI quattro developing 147 kW (200 hp)
• 3.2 quattro developing 184 kW (250 hp)
• 1.9 TDI developing 77 kW (105 hp)
• 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI quattro developing 103 kW (140 hp)
• 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI quattro developing 125 kW (170 hp)
The 1.4 TFSI embodies the Audi downsizing strategy: substituting engine displacement with turbocharging, and so delivering a major improvement in efficiency. From a 1,390 cubic centimetre capacity, the little turbo engine develops 200 Nm (147.51 lb-ft) of torque and delivers a sturdy power output, yet its average fuel consumption is just 5.6 litres per 100 km (42.00 US mpg), when fitted with the S tronic transmission.
The efficiency champ of the range is the 77 kW (105 hp) 1.9 TDI e, available as a three-door A3 and A3 Sportback in all lines. It consumes just 4.5 litres of diesel per 100 km (52.27 US mpg), and keeps CO2 emissions down to 119 grams per km (191.51 g/mile). Efficiency is further enhanced in the e models by special engine electronics, wider transmission ratios in third to fifth gear, tires optimized for low roll resistance and refinements to the bodywork. With a top speed of 194 km/h (120.55 mph) and a sprint to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 11.4 seconds, the three-door A3 1.9 TDI e is highly agile.
The transmission program is also especially attractive. Most engine versions are supplied as standard with six-speed manual transmission. The 1.6 and 1.9 TDI are equipped with five-speed manual transmission, and the 3.2 with the hi-tech S tronic dual-clutch transmission, which is available as an optional extra for all engine versions.
The six-cylinder unit, the 2.0 TFSI and the diesel engines come with the six-speed S tronic, while the 1.6, the 1.4 TFSI and the 1.8 TFSI feature a new seven-speed S tronic system. Their clutches work with no separate oil supply, boosting the engines’ already high efficiency even more. The ratios between the first six gears are sportily short, while the top gear ratio is lengthened to cut down the revs.
The optional quattro four-wheel drive system is also a competition-beating feature of the A3 within the premium compact class, and is available for four of the engine variants. It comes as standard with the V6. The central multi-plate clutch responds extremely rapidly when called upon to redistribute the engine power across the front and rear axles. This increases stability, traction and driving pleasure.
The standard-fit dynamic suspension system provides safety, dynamic performance and comfort – typically Audi. The precision and consistency of the handling is founded on high-tech solutions such as the four-link rear suspension and the economy-boosting electromechanical power steering system. The optional Audi magnetic ride adaptive shock absorber control system is yet another high-tech feature, varying its control characteristic in milliseconds within two basic maps in response to the driver’s input.