4G/LTE technology now available in Audi S3 Sportback

Article by Anita Panait, on August 19, 2013

Audi is now the first carmaker to fully integrate the superfast 4G/Long Term Evolution data transfer standard into a production car. Audi has made the 4G’ technology available in the Audi S3 Sportback and will offer it to all other variants in the premium compact range in November.  The Audi connect system will be more sophisticated and more state-of-art as the integration of 4G/LTE networks the car with the driver and the Internet.

The 4G/LTE system may also provide an interface with the infrastructure and with other vehicles.  4G/LTE, which could significantly widen the possibilities with in-car ‘infotainment,’ is only available on a relatively small scale in the United Kingdom, but is set for a wider roll-out during this. This most advanced of mobile communication standards allows the transfer of larger data like HD music and films, through the Internet.

The MMI navigation plus installed in the Audi S3 Sportback employs 4G/LTE to provide the services of Audi connect to the driver. These services include navigating with Google Earth and Google Street View, music streaming, and taking online traffic information.  Access to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter is now vehicle-friendly through a text-to-speech function and a status function with prepared text modules. 

Audi connect system now also features a fuel station locator that provides distance and pricing information, and a local parking availability and pricing function. 

To fully enjoy LTE access, one should have the MMI Navigation Plus with Audi connect that is part the Technology package a suitable SIM card with a data flat rate that will be inserted into a slot in the glovebox of the Audi S3 Sportback. Passengers don't have to worry about overlapping of Internet services since they could the Web independently of one another when they connect their mobile end devices to the WLAN hotspot integrated into the Audi S3 Sportback.

Audi’s new S3 Sportback delivers best-in-class performance, generating 300 hp, 380 Nm of torque, and acceleration of 0-62.14 mph in just 5 seconds. It also offers exemplary efficiency. The 2.0 TFSI (Turbocharged fuel stratified injection) averages 6.9L per 100 km or 34.09 US mpg.

The Audi S3 Sportback’s four-cylinder engine has been overhauled, so the only thing it has in common with the earlier version is the displacement of 1,984 cc. It has a rated output of 221 kW or 300 hp and is available at 5,500 rpm, whereas its maximum torque of 280.27 lb-ft or 380 Nm is available constantly from 1,800-5,500 rpm.

What’s more, this high-performance 4c engine responds instantly to the driver's commands and showcases a sportily sonorous sound. The power of the engine is also acoustically underscored when you put the car’s drive select system in dynamic mode. Moreover, the 2.0 TFSI delivers power and exceptional efficiency with the help of several new technologies, from dual injection to the Audi valvelift system, to the innovative thermal management, to the exhaust manifold that is integrated in the cylinder head.

When the S3 Sportback is equipped with the optional 6-speed S tronic, the car sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in only 5 seconds. Its 6-speed manual transmission requires only a fraction of a second more. Furthermore, its top speed is governed electronically at 155.34 mph. Its launch control delivers the power of the engine to the road with a defined tire slip. Additionally, the 2.0 TFSI uses up only 34.09 US mpg or 6.9 liters per 100 km on average when it is paired with the S tronic, or 33.60 US mpg with the manual transmission. Compared with the previous S3 Sportback’s engine, this new engine consumes 1.5 liters per 100 km less.

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