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 well-known Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the USA has now also awarded the sporty, compact Audi A3 its highest rating of “Top Safety Pick”. This makes Audi the only German manufacturer to have three award-winning models in its ranks: the Audi A4 and A6 have already been honored with this top safety rating in the past.
Audi will unveil a new engine for the Audi A3 and A3 Sportback: a new ultra-modern four-cylinder TFSI engine with a displacement of 1.4 litres and turbocharger. The new engine will deliver 125 hp at 5000 rpm and a peak torque of 200 NM at 1,500 to 4,000 rpm.
A brand new generation of Audi’s premium compact, the A3 will be offered at the end of 2010. This car is intended to become the most attractive vehicle in the segment and will be offered in at least three different body types.
Audi has announced that the 2008 A3 Convertible will be produces in HUngary: "The Gyor site has excelled in the production of premium vehicles during recent years ... therefore it is optimally suited for the assembly of a new model alongside the Audi TT Coupe and the TT Roadster," Audi said in a statement. "The market launch of the A3 Cabriolet is scheduled for next year, just in time for the start of the convertible season," Audi CEO Rupert Stadler told a news conference jointly held with (...) More
Audi will be building convertible versions of the A3, A5, and even the R8. A report published in the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport predicts the A3 cabrio will be introduced as soon as spring of next year. According to the magazine, the A5 cabrio and the new R8 Targa will be in introduced the following year, in the spring of 2009. Audi anticipates annual A3 cabrio production of 23,000 vehicles. The production target for the A5 cabrio is 28,000. The A3 convertible will be (...) More
Audi has already confirmed the A3 Convertible as the main competitor for the BMW 1-Series Convertible. The new model will be launched next year in March at Geneva Motor Show. The A3 Convertible will be powered by the same FSI petrol and TDI diesel engines used by the A3 hatchback range. The base models will use a 1.6 FSI unit, while the top of the line will be powered by a 3.2-litre V6. A turbocharged S3 will also be launched in 2009. Audi will launch a totally redesigned A3 in 2010. The (...) More
After announcing that they want to double the company’s line up by 2015, Audi has start working on making this dream come true. The first news was the Audi A3 Convertible that will be unveiled in 2008. The next news about the A3 is its replacement that will debut in 2010. According to Auto Motor Und Sport the 2010 A3 will be offered in three versions: coupe, 3-door hatchback and a convertible. It will feature a dynamic and aggressive design. One thing that is sure about this future model is (...) More
Audi will launch next year a COnvertible version of the A3. It will compete with the next 1-Series Convertible and the next generation Mini Cooper Convertible. Claus Haverkamp, Head of Body Structure Devel opment at Audi, revealed: "The next open-roof model in our plans is the A3 Cabriolet, which will go on sale in 2008." The A3 Convertible will feature an electric folding canvas roof and will probably be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next March. It will be powered by the same FSI (...) More