Audi combines performance and sustainability with A3 1.4 TFSI ultra

Article by Christian A., on June 7, 2014

Looking for a luxury vehicle that could reach a top speed of 220 km/h (136.7 mph) and accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 8.1 seconds while consuming just 4.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (50 US mpg) over the combined cycle?

Then, why not take a look at the Audi A3 version powered by a 110 kW (150 hp) 1.4 TFSI engine that emits just 109 g/km of carbon dioxide (175.4 g/mi). The Audi A3 1.4 TFSI can be availed in either a manual 6-speed transmission or a 7-speed S tronic.

The TFSI engine, which features cylinder on demand technology, can be availed in all four body versions -- the A3 three-door, A3 five-door Sportback, A3 Sedan and A3 Cabriolet. The German carmaker is also offering an A3 ultra version powered by an 81 kW (110 hp) 1.6 TDI engine, which have been offered for the three-door version and the Sportback since 2013.

Audi will soon offer the 1.6 TDI in the A3 Sedan. The engine returns 3.3 liters of diesel per 100 km (71.3 US mpg) and emits only 88 grams of CO2 per kilometer (141.6 g/mi).

Audi’s ultra models underscore the brand’s goal to make its products and production processes sustainable, without sacrificing the quality of driving enjoyment associated with it.

So far, Audi has rolled out 12 ultra models powered by TDI and TFSI engines in the A4, A5, A6 and A7 car lines. The luxury brand currently boasts of a total of 22 ultra models in its range.

The ultra fleet is Audis’ third production concept -- next to e-tron plug-in hybrid models and the g-tron units – that embodies the carmaker’s goal of providing sustainable mobility that could be used everyday.

Audi’s A3 and A3 Sportback are premium athletic models in the compact vehicle segment. Emphasizing their elegant style are their upscale equipment and trims. The carmaker has optionally equipped both compact models with advanced technologies like the S tronic dual-clutch transmission, Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, and magnetic ride suspension system.

All of the engines deliver powerful and athletic performance while keeping fuel consumption low. The Audi A3 1.6 TDI sets standards for efficiency with CO2 emissions of 99 grams per km minimum.

Both the three-door Audi A3 and five-door A3 Sportback have a sporty elegance that’s very evident in their design. You can opt for xenon plus headlights, with a combination of LED daytime running lights. The single-frame grille and the B-post trims are painted in glossy black, while the lower air inlets feature chrome struts and the door handles have chrome strips (except on the A3).

All of the Audi A3’s versions have a diffuser insert sporting a distinctive spoiler lip at the rear. Additionally, the A3 Sportback’s tail lights have light guide rods that form a distinctive contour and the three-door model sports tinted tail lights.

The Audi A3’s interior is infused with sporty elegance. Moreover, the instruments’ faces are backed in gray, and you can opt for a steering wheel that is flat-bottomed and leather sport. Also, black rings frame the car’s air vents, while the optional navigation system has a high-gloss bezel finish. On the center console, the window lifter buttons, and mirror adjuster switch are aluminum-look trim inserts.

For manual transmission models, a shift indicator on the driver information system complements the operating concept. Lastly, the A3 front wheel drive offers 350 to 1,080 liters of trunk capacity, while the Audi A3 Sportback front wheel drive offers 370 to 1,100 liters.

Topics: audi, audi a3

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