Discussion in 'A3/S3/RS3' started by purplehenk, Feb 22, 2012.
Are they real or photoshop? The one below has 1 Series look. I guess it is a photoshop.
New Audi A3 exclusive ride
We get an exclusive ride in the next-generation Audi A3 – it's lighter, more efficient and even more fun than before
Sitting in the supportive front passenger seat, it’s immediately obvious that the longer wheelbase means more legroom. There’s a lot of space, even for passengers over six feet tall, while there’s slightly more room in the rear as well. Visibility is good, even though the waistline tapers up to create a smaller back screen.
The cabin has a less cluttered dash housing a new, thinner centre screen and A8-inspired touchwheel with handwriting recognition. There’s a familiar steering wheel – this is part of Audi’s branding philosophy that applies the same rim to all models, from the A1 to the R8. Plus, high-end driver assistance systems include adaptive cruise control.
The design inside and out is more smart than revolutionary, yet the A3 has clearly matured on the road. That longer wheelbase not only increases interior space, it gives the car a more comfortable ride. The smallest 16-inch wheels absorb bumps more effectively, but even on the larger alloys the A3 will offer a less jarring ride.
This means improved cornering stability and more predictability when changing direction quickly. From where we’re sitting the car definitely feels as though it handles better, and thanks to the lower ride height it’s more stable on the motorway, too.
For those who want the best of both worlds, the new A3 will be offered for the first time with magnetic adaptive suspension, complete with comfort and sport settings. While our car didn’t have this, the system should allow performance models like the RS3 to be just as responsive in corners but more usable everyday, too.
Yet what struck us most was the A3’s refinement and comfort. It feels bigger and more grown-up, but more agile. It’s a step forward, and should help Audi continue its golden run.
Read more: New Audi A3 exclusive ride | News | Auto Express
The internal name of the first generation A3 was 8L, the second 8P. Does anybody know the how the third generation is called?
Both are of course horrible photoshops.
Porsche Boxster and Audi A3 are now my favorite cars. I can't wait for more (A3 specs, pricelist, Sportback, S3,...) ! Why don't we have more info coming? Really can't wait for specs to knows if it is lighter than its rivals.
Black and white RS4 for mr. Tumbo
Wow Thanx Much better than my tries
I think you should post it in the RS4 thread though
Intel Report: New Audi A3, More Body Styles for USA
Last month in Geneva Audi revealed the new 3-door A3. Not surprisingly, and just as with the last-generation car, there’s little potential for a 3-door configuration in the USA. Further, previous viewpoints on the A3 suggested only the sedan would come to America. Fortunately for fans who prefer something other than four doors, we’re now hearing even that more could be bound for the States.
While in Geneva we spoke at length with Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen and Audi AG board member for Marketing Peter Schwarzenbauer about the car’s stance in America. Here’s some of what we found.
Last year de Nysschen paid a visit to the Fourtitude discussion forums and, at that time, expressed the unlikelihood of the A3 Sportback making it to the States. This was a major cause of concern for Avant friendly enthusiasts and loyal owners of the current car. Chatting privately with de Nysschen in Geneva, he seems to have changed his mind though there’s a twist. Audi of America is currently pushing to bring the Sportback to the American market though as a specialty model only,
de Nysschen did stress that none of this is confirmed nor finalized, but that Audi may use the Sportback body style exclusively for alternative fuel configurations – possibly a hybrid, plug-in hybrid e-tron or even a full electric e-tron… maybe even multiple choices from this mix.
The theory here is simple. A unique body style dedicated to hybrid or alternative fuel drivetrains makes a statement. de Nysschen didn’t reference it but an obvious parallel can be drawn to the Toyota Prius. There’s no mistaking the Prius for any other Toyota and it makes a visual statement. Audi is thinking it may have a similar opportunity in the States with the Sportback. Such a move likely won’t make performance-minded A3 owners happy but it is in intriguing proposition just the same.
The A3 Sportback e-tron you see above is a render that we have created. Fourtitude has no basis for this specific design nor indication that the new Sportback will bear more resemblance to cars like the A7 Sportback and A5 Sportback, but it looks good. Credit to the German Audi blog QARSI.de for creating a similar render (albeit not e-tron) that inspired this one.
More recently we showed this render to a source at Audi who found it interesting. Still, our source indicated that this won’t be what the A3 Sportback looks like. If not then we’re guessing the A3 will remain more on the Avant side and less on the four-door coupe side of the Sportback schema.
Of course it’s already been known that the A3 model most targeted toward the USA is the sedan. American tastes seem to prefer it. Shown as a concept at Geneva in 2011, the production sedan will be key in Audi’s plans for growth in the segment. On the sedan Schwarzenbauer stated that sales would grow 20% or more though de Nysschen was bolder. Audi’s President in America suggested that he thinks the USA can sell 30,000 units in a year, roughly three times the peak years of the current A3 Sportback.
Why so aggressive? de Nysschen was one of the key proponents of the new sedan body style for the new A3 – a push made by both gut instinct and an understanding of the success and significance of the B5 A4, something the American model lineup could use now that the A4 has grown to a size more akin to the C5 A6.
The A3 sedan is also being targeted at China, and we hear this model may see its auto show debut there. Independent of that, the A3 sedan will definitely be built in China for that local market and it’s also a very likely target for manufacture in North America as well.
Rather than basis on the A3 3-door, the next generation A3 Cabriolet will be based more on the sedan configuration and with a pronounced trunk. Sources who’ve seen the car tell us it is a lot more handsome in appearance and de Nysschen confirmed again as he did on our forums last year that he is lobbying for the Cabriolet to come to America.
Intel Report: New Audi A3, More Body Styles for USA
Love the A3 Sedan.
Yup, looks just sick.
Like, really sick!
So a luxurious Jetta then. Judging by the success of the 1-Series Coupe there is a massive demand for small and premium luxury cars that are not hatchbacks. The 3er is no longer compact and tight like the E36 and neither is the A4. The gap is there n
Sorry they are posted in reverse.... and German
^The images are way to small. Hoe is the verdict? All I understand is the headline "In a class of its own"?
Ooops It must have scaled them down. How annoying.
I have the whole thing as a PDF but I cannot attach that.
It was in " Gute fahrt" magazine which only ever seems to feature VW group.... so it's biased but nonetheless informative. I may try again later to repost.
No multi link rear suspension for basic A3? We have not had that since 2003!!! A huge step backwards for Audi
Horse-carriage technology for the win
I wonder what the weight distribution is with this new platform.