litre 5-cylinder turbocharged
The Audi A3 concept is a proposal for a saloon (sedan)
version of the Audi A3. This is the first time the A3
has been given a notchback saloon body shell
- and it certainly suits the shape.
Powering the A3 Concept is a 408 hp,
turbocharged 2.5 litre 5-cylinder engine.
Apart from the new bodywork, the other highlight of the
Audi A3 concept is the five-cylinder turbocharged FSI
petrol engine, whose 408 horsepower output is greater
than its closest series production relative - the RS
3 Sportback - by 68 hp. Peak torque of 500Nm is also
50Nm up, and is available over a broad rev range between
1,600 and 5,300 rpm. It only takes 4.1 seconds to reach
62 mph (100km/h), and the top speed is electronically
limited to 155mph.
The transmission is a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch
unit which also helps improve fuel efficiency.
At 4,440mm long, 1,840mm wide and just 1,390mm high, the
A3 concept has a sporty and planted stance. Additionally
the A3 concept features a range of modern components,
design methods and joining techniques. These include the
use of custom-tailored blanks in the floor area, carbon
fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in varying proportions
for the grille surround, front air intake, door mirror
elements, rear apron and even the 20-inch alloy wheels,
and some aluminium body panels.
The A3 saloon concept is the first A3 to utilize Audi's
drive select dynamic handling system, giving the driver
five modes with which to fine-tune engine characteristics,
power steering feel and gear shift points. As well as
the usual comfort, auto, dynamic and individual settings,
the latest version of the system features an efficiency
mode designed for maximum economy.
Similar and related vehicles:
Audi RS3 Sportback