The Audi A3 is a premium compact hatchback from the German automaker and, when it went into production in 1996, featured the same styling as the A4 had at the time. The A3 was powered by a variety of four cylinder power plants with the Euro only 225 HP 1.8T equipped S3 with Quattro all wheel drive as the premier model. This version accelerated from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.6 seconds and reached a top speed of 151 MPH. In 2003, Audi released the second generation A3 for the global market. This four ring hatch is powered by everything from a 1.4 Liter TFSI motor to a 3.2 Liter FSI power plant making 247 HP and 236 lb-ft of torque with the TDI model winning a host of COTY awards. As of 2010, the pricey V6 engine has been dropped and a 2.0L turbo engine producing 200hp has been added. These engine options are mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.
The hottest version of the current Audi A3 is the S3 . Audi has not yet worked its RS magic on the small hatch, but that won’t really be that hard. Platforms and engines for Audi (and all the Volkswagen Group) are like Legos; there is a bin full of parts that can be plugged in for substitution.
In fact, the A3 shares a platform with the TT. So the 340 hp 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine from the TT RS should fit into the A3 without much problem. In the TT-RS, the engine delivers a performance of 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, so similar times could be expected in a RS3. Audi’s development boss Michael Dick said RS3 "may" be built, and the car is technically ready.
If the car gets the green light, we wouldn’t expect it to happen until after A3 line gets refreshed in 2011. The only other real problem is that since the U.S. doesn’t have the S3, and the TT RS doesn’t have a firm confirmation for North America, would Audi really consider bringing the RS3 here?
Caractere, the Belgian tuning company that specializes in German vehicles has just released their latest body kit for the face lifted 2009 Audi A3 . Because this includes the five-door A3, this kit has some potential even on the U.S. market.
The open-top Audi A3 is the premium option in the compact class. It couples the sporting genes of the A3 with the uncompromising quality that distinguishes every Audi model. Five engines and a wide array of individual extras are available to choose from.
The body structure of this premium convertible from Audi contains a high proportion of high-strength, ultra-high-strength and hot-formed steels, as well as a large number of reinforcing measures to provide maximum rigidity and crash safety. Inside, the customary superb build quality, attractive design and exemplary ergonomics create an atmosphere of sporting elegance. There is ample space here for four people. The rear seat backs can be folded down to increase the luggage capacity from 260 liters (9.18 cubic feet) to 674 liters (23.80 cubic feet) – whether the top is up or down!
The A3 Cabriolet is available with five engine options, comprising two economical TDI diesels and three high-efficiency gasoline-fueled units: the 1.9 TDI with 77 kW (105 hp), the 2.0 TDI with 103 kW (140 hp), the 1.6 with 75 kW (102 hp), the 1.8 TFSI with 118 kW (160 hp) and the 2.0 TFSI with 147 kW (200 hp). Four of them have direct fuel injection and are turbocharged.
If you’re the happy owner of an Audi A3 Sportback and also a fan of tuning, you may be interested by the new Racelook Exclusve Line tuning kit, from the German tuner JMS. The kit consists in a front bumper featuring new cutouts, available in silver or black alloy screens, new side sills, a new roof spoiler and a new rear bumper with integrated double-pipe exhaust system.
Also a new suspension system is available lowering the car with almost 55 mm on the front and 45 mm on the rear as well as a new set of black alloy wheels with stainless steel inlays and fitted with 225/35R19 tyres! Price of the kit: $6.680!
Audi today announced U.S. specifications on the2009 A3 that will go on sale third quarter 2008 as a 2009 model year vehicle. The German import will continue to compete in the now-popular small luxury car market that includes with models like Mini Cooper/Cooper S , VolvoC30 and S40, and BMW 1-series .
The 2.0 TFSI model will be offered with all-wheel drive system combined with S tronic double clutch transmission. This engine delivers 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. The 3.2 V6 engine with quattro permanent all-wheel drive with S tronic delivers 250 hp, 236 lb-ft; 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds (S tronic); city/hwy 18/25.
As standard equipment the 2009 A3 features: hill-hold assist – now standard on 2.0T manual (already standard on S tronic models); Sirius satellite radio - now standard on all; Leather seating surfaces - now standard on all; Flexmetallic interior trim - replaces Matte interior trim on 2.0; Leather steering wheel - now standard; Aux audio input – standard on all; Ashtray / Smoker pkg – deleted on all (replaced with storage tray); 3.2 only: Standard Bluetooth, Bi-xenon headlamps with LED DRL, and Open Sky; 3.2 only: No longer standard Symphony, Sport Suspension, Sport Seats.
Audi is considering bringing a diesel version of the A3 to the US. The 2.0 TDI will produces 140-hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. In the Jetta TDI the engine provides and estimated EPA fuel economy of 29 MPG city and 40 MPG highway. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed S-tronic.
Volkswagen recently reported that because of its fuel economy, the 2.0 TDI offerings are eligible for a $1,300 Federal Income Tax Credit. Because this is the same engine in the Audi, it would be a safe assumption that the credit would also extend to the A3.
Abt unveiled the first photos with its new customization program for the recently launched Audi A3 Convertible . According to the manufacturer the engineers are still working at the body kit because you can easily see that the car features no spoilers at all.
Still, we have the data about the performance of the engines: the 1.8 TFSI engine will develop 200 hp, from 160 hp, while the 2.0 TFSI engine will be capable to develop 240 hp. Also, the tuning company will offer a “Power S” kit which increases the power for the 1.8 TFSI engine from 200 to 240 hp and for the 2.0 TFSI engine from 240 to 270 hp. More details when the official data will be released.
JMS, the tuning company specialised in tuning Audi vehicles revealed today its new customization vehicle for the Audi A3 Sportback . Lowered with 55mm on the front and 45mm on the rear the vehicle reveals a new tuning kit showing a new front bumber, styling side skirts, completely re-designed rear bumper with integrated exhaust system and also a roof spoiler. The price of the kit: 4600 euros! Also check Audi A5 by JMS !
With the new tuning kit from JMS, the tuning company wanted to offer some refreshment for the Audi A3 . Featuring a new coilover kit, the car is lowered with 50 mm on the front and 40 mm on the back. The new bodykit contains a front lip spoiler, new side skirts, a special rear apron, a rear air diffuser and new rear roof spoiler.
The vehicle received also a new exhaust system which provides better torque and engine power. Two different types of wheels are available to choose from: JMS Nuovo 7 wheel 8’5×19’’ with 225/35R19 or the ETA Beta 8×19’’ with 225/35R19. Price for whole kit: 4880 euros.
Audi, the inventor of TDI, blazes a trail in the field of engine manufacture. At the 27th annual Lake Wörther Tour being held at the end of May in the Austrian province of Carinthia, the brand behind the four rings is showcasing this technology’s potential with a sensational study. The two-liter TDI unit under the bonnet of the Audi A3 TDI clubsport quattro delivers 224 hp and musters up 331.90 lb-ft of torque – the sort of pulling power normally associated with a sports car. The show car races from 0 to 62.14 mph in just 6.6 seconds and attains a top speed of 149.13 mph.
The Audi A3 TDI clubsport quattro projects its power with supreme confidence – both acoustically courtesy of its sonorous exhaust and visually with a series of exclusive parts mounted on the body and in the interior. Exterior components such as the large DTM-look rear spoiler and the bolt-on wheel arch extensions give the car a dynamic air, while the racing bucket seats and open gear lever gate in aluminum form the highlights of the interior.
The show car is a true high-tech sports car. The drive power is directed to the 20-inch wheels via a six-speed transmission and the quattro all-wheel-drive system. At the front wheels, stopping power is provided by six-piston brake calipers and ceramic discs. The Audi drive select driving dynamics system allows the driver to vary at will the throttle response characteristic, the exhaust sound, the level of power assistance for the steering, the cut-in thresholds for the ESP stabilization system, as well as the operating mode of the dampers. The dampers deploy Audi magnetic ride technology, enabling them to react to changes in the driving situation with lightning speed.