With quite a bold move today, Audi introduced the A3 and S3 sedan, to a world that is thirsty for premium luxury downsizing offers. The A3 sedan is the first 3 box concept car to be offered in a segment traditionally dominated by hatchbacks, the segment of entry-level premium. Mercedes-Benz just did a similar attempt with their CLA, which is to be considered more of a four-door coupe, or a baby-CLS if we may, as the A3 sedan is closer to a traditional design compared to the CLA. That aside, we were pleasantly surprised to see that the A3 sedan actually looks amazing, with it’s simple and elegant design, both inside and out, as Audi’s designers having done a great job hiding what we, in GCF, like to call FWD-like proportions. We are more than certain that it will be a success for Audi.
Moving on from the design, we were stunned to read in the press release that the A3 sedan with the 1.4TFSI engine has a curb weight of only 1,250kg, with the engine alone weighting just a bit over 100kg. Speaking of engines, the A3 sedan will initially be offered with three four-cylinder engines, all featuring direct fuel injection, turbocharging, innovative thermal management and the start-stop-system.. The first will be the 2.0TDI unit, with 110kW (150hp) and 320 Nm of torque has a combined fuel consumption of 4.1 liters per 100 km (57.37 US mpg) and a CO2 equivalent of 108 grams per km (172.20 g/mile). The 1.4 TFSI with 103 kW (140 hp) and 250 Nm has a combined fuel consumption of just 4.7 liters fuel per 100 km (50.05 US mpg); its CO2 emissions are 109 grams per km (175.42 g/mile). Under low engine load, the COD (cylinder on demand) system deactivates two cylinders. Finally, the 1.8 TFSI produces 132 kW (180 hp) and 250 Nm (184.39 lb-ft) of torque and consumes 5.6 liters per 100 km (42.00 US mpg), equivalent to 129 grams CO2 per km (207.61 g/mile), while needs only 7.3 seconds for the standard sprint to 100 km/h. Depending on the engine, either a manual six-speed transmission or the S tronic is used.
What is more interesting, though, is the S3 sedan. With a 2.0 TFSI that produces 221 kW (300 hp) and 380 Nm of torque under the hood, the S3 sedan will be introduced a few months later. The 2.0TFSI is a remarkably efficient engine and features dual fuel injection, the exhaust manifold integrated in the cylinder head, Audi’s valvelift system and a rotary valve module for thermal management. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds with the S-Tronic and 5.3 seconds with a manual gearbox, while the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.34 mph). The Quattro AWD system is standard, as is a sport suspension that lowers the body by 25 mm and larger brakes. Also, Audi’s magnetic ride damper control system is available as an option.
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