New Audi S3 with 300PS and 40mpg bound for Paris

Performance hatchback combines all-new 2.0-litre TFSI engine and all-new platform for exceptional performance, efficiency and dynamics

  • New 2.0 TFSI engine with turbocharging and direct injection
  • Ample power and minimal consumption: 300PS and 380 Nm, but also up to 40.9mpg
  • From zero to 62mph in 5.1 seconds

Audi is about to whip up a storm by injecting the latest A3 compact hatchback with a mighty 300PS and 380Nm of torque to create the all-new S3, one of the highlights of the forthcoming Paris Motor Show (September 29 to October 14).Scheduled to launch in early 2013, the lightweight premium compact model combines its dynamic performance with groundbreaking efficiency and comes complete with all the high-tech Audi has to offer in every field of technology.


The long-stroke 2.0 TFSI in the Audi S3 is new from the ground up. The only thing it has in common with its predecessor, which was named Engine of the Year in its category five times in a row between 2005 and 2009, is its displacement of 1,984 cc (bore x stroke 82.5 x 92.8 millimeters). The four-cylinder unit delivers a constant 380 Nm of torque to the crankshaft between 1,800 and 5,500 rpm. Rated power at 5,500 rpm is 300PS, and the engine redlines at 6,800 rpm.

The S3 delivers impressive performance. The sprint from zero to 62mph is completed in 5.1 seconds when equipped with the S tronic transmission (5.4 seconds with the manual transmission), and top speed is electronically governed at 155mph. Combined fuel economy stands at 40.9mpg (manual 40.4mpg). This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 159g/km (162 in the manual version).

The powerful four-cylinder engine features two balancer shafts rotating at twice the speed of the crankshaft for impressive smoothness, and with the help of an electromechanical sound actuator at the bulkhead this refinement is complemented by a suitably sporting engine note. The exhaust system also includes a sound flap that opens at certain engine speed ranges to give the S3 an even more purposeful soundtrack.

The 2.0 TFSI boasts groundbreaking solutions in many fields of technology. One of these is the additional use of indirect injection. It supplements the FSI direct petrol injection at part load to reduce consumption and particulate emissions. FSI injection, which works at pressures up to 200 bar, is used when starting and at higher loads.

On the exhaust side, the Audi valvelift system varies the stroke of the valves in two stages; the camshaft on the intake side can be adjusted steplessly through 30 degrees of crankshaft angle while 60 degrees of adjustment is available on the exhaust side. The compression ratio of 9.3:1 is unusually high for a turbocharged engine.

The exhaust manifold is integrated into the cylinder head, where it is bathed in coolant. This solution lowers the temperature of the exhaust and accelerates warmup following a cold start, which lowers consumption during the cold-start phase. This concept also has a positive effect on fuel consumption during sporty driving because full-load enrichment is no longer necessary. The large turbocharger is also a new development. It achieves a maximum boost pressure of up to 1.2 bar for even more spontaneous engine response. A high-performance intercooler integrated into the water circuit greatly reduces the temperature of the compressed air and thus increases the amount of air required for combustion.

With the 2.0 TFSI’s innovative thermal management system, two rotary slide valves consolidated in a single module regulate the flow of coolant. These valves ensure that the engine oil heats up to its operating temperature soon after the vehicle is started; they also maintain the coolant temperature, as per a given driving situation, between 85 and 107 degrees Celsius (185.0° F and 224.6° F). As a result – regardless of load or engine speed – the valves always strike the perfect balance between minimal friction and high thermodynamic efficiency.

The 2.0 TFSI has been designed specifically for use in the new Audi S3. Pistons with stronger bolts and new rings plus reinforced connecting rods with new mounts transfer the power to the crankshaft. The gray cast iron crankcase has been reinforced at the main bearing seats and the main bearing cover.

The cylinder head is made of a new, particularly lightweight aluminium-silicon alloy characterized by high strength and temperature resistance.

An innovative coating on the piston skirts and mounting the balance shafts in roller bearings keep internal friction low. The regulated oil pump only consumes as much energy as is necessary for the current driving situation.

Despite its complexity and high output, the new 2.0 TFSI weighs just 148 kilograms - more than five kilograms less than the previous engine. Its dimensions are compact: 603 millimetres long, 678 millimetres wide and 664 millimetres high.


The new Audi S3 is equipped as standard with a manual six-speed transmission with a lightweight magnesium case. The optional S tronic transmission boasts high efficiency and a tall sixth gear. The lower gears are short in the interest of dynamics, as is also the case with the manual transmission.

The S tronic comprises two sub-units, with two multi-plate clutches controlling the gears. The large K1 clutch located on the outside directs the torque via a solid shaft to the gear wheels for gears 1, 3 and 5. A hollow shaft rotates around the solid shaft. It is connected to the smaller K2 clutch, which is integrated inside its larger sibling, and which acts on the gear wheels for gears 2, 4 and 6, as well as reverse.

Both transmission structures are continuously active, but only one of them is connected to the engine at any one time. For example, when the driver accelerates in third gear, the fourth gear is already engaged in the second transmission section. Shifts are performed by switching the clutches. This takes just a few hundredths of a second and happens so quickly and smoothly that it is barely perceptible.

S tronic can be operated using the short selector lever or with the optional paddles on the steering wheel. It includes the modes D and S in addition to manual mode. The driver can activate launch control at the push of a button. This manages starts with controlled wheel-spin to deliver maximum engine power to the road.

quattro permanent all-wheel drive is an integral component of the powertrain. It gives the new top model in the A3 series a decisive edge over its two-wheel-drive competition. The Audi S3 can accelerate earlier and more safely when exiting a corner, and remains stable and composed under all conditions, particularly in the rain and snow.

The heart of the quattro drive system is an electronically controlled and hydraulically actuated multi-plate clutch. In the interest of balance axle load distribution, it is located at the end of the prop shaft, in front of the rear axle differential.

Inside is a package of plates that rotate in an oil bath. The metal friction rings are arranged behind one another in pairs – one ring of each pair is rigidly meshed with the housing, which rotates with the prop shaft; the other ring is meshed with the output shaft to the rear axle differential.

During normal driving, the clutch sends most of the engine’s power to the front wheels. If traction decreases there, the clutch can transfer torque steplessly to the rear axle in just a few milliseconds by forcing the packages of plates together via controlled action. An axial piston pump generates the necessary pressure almost instantaneously.


The new Audi S3 responds quickly and accurately to steering input, and can take all types of corners at high speed and with little body movement. Its handling is precise, safe and virtually neutral.

One reason for this performance is the finely balanced distribution of the axle loads. The front axle has been shifted forward 52 millimetres compared with the previous model. The new 2.0 TFSI is 5 kilograms lighter than the previous engine and is installed tilted backward by 12 degrees. This layout is a result of the Group’s modular transverse platform, on which the new Audi S3 is based.

The subframe, the pivot bearings in the McPherson front axle, the crash management system, the front wings and the bonnet are made of aluminium. All together they save 17 kilograms of weight. The front suspension has a track width of 1,535 millimetres. Anti-roll bars are employed front and rear.

Another innovation in the Audi S3 is progressive steering. The steering rack is geared in such a way that the ratio varies. It is somewhat more indirect around the centre and very direct when steered sharply. For the driver, the result is a pleasantly smooth character when driving straight ahead and fittingly rapid response in tight corners.

The powerful electric motor providing the servo boost complements the character of the steering system, decreasing its output as speed increases. It consumes no energy when driving straight ahead and thus helps to further reduce fuel consumption. The progressive steering works closely together with various systems on board the new S3, such as the standard rest recommendation and the optional Audi active lane assist and park assist systems.

The four-link rear suspension has a track width of 1,511 millimetres. Its sword-shaped trailing links absorb the propulsion and braking forces. Their bearings are large and relatively elastic in the interest of a more comfortable ride. On the other hand, the three wishbones per wheel for absorbing lateral forces are attached very rigidly to the steel subframe for improved handling.

The links of the rear axle are made of high-strength steels; the wheel carriers are aluminium. The shock absorbers and the compact coil springs are separate from one another, resulting in sensitive response and a high luggage capacity. The sport suspension lowers the body by 25 millimetres compared with the A3.

The new Audi S3 rolls on 7.5 J x 18 alloy wheels with 225/40-series tyres. The wheels sport an S-specific design with five parallel spokes. They are produced using sophisticated flow forming technology, in which the outer rim is rolled out over a cylinder at high pressure and high temperature. While the system is shaping the wheel blank it is also strengthening the material, which allows for thinner wall thicknesses – the wheel is lighter, yet stronger. Despite their performance potential, the tyres also feature low rolling resistance and thus contribute to the efficiency of the Audi S3.

The brakes of the new S3 can be very precisely metered. The pedal feel is firm but progressive. The front discs are internally vented and measure 340 millimetres in diameter. The black brake calipers are emblazoned with S3 logos. The new electromechanical parking brake, which the driver operates via a button, is integrated into the rear axle brake system. The latest evolution of the ESC electronic stabilization control intercedes very precisely.

Audi drive select is standard in the new Audi S3. It incorporates the characteristics of the electronic accelerator, the boost of the progressive steering and the shift points of the optional S tronic. The driver determines with the push of a button whether these systems operate in comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency or individual mode. In individual mode, drivers can compose their own preferred profile within certain limits.

In efficiency mode, the function of the standard dual-zone climate control, the cruise control or adaptive cruise control and the adaptive light is modified for optimal fuel consumption. In this case, the S tronic switches to coasting mode when the driver takes his or her foot off the gas pedal.

Another optional module integrated into Audi drive select is the electromagnetic damper control system Audi magnetic ride. A synthetic hydrocarbon oil containing microscopically small magnetic particles circulates within the damper pistons. When a coil applies a voltage, the particles align perpendicular to the direction of flow of the oil, impeding its flow through the channels in the pistons.

The control unit constantly analyzes the condition of the road and the driver’s style, repeatedly adapting the damper forces within milliseconds. The driver can choose between three modes. The new S3 is balanced in normal mode and tightly connected to the road in sport mode. Steering response becomes even quicker, and yaw movements are largely suppressed.


Ultra lightweight construction is an Audi core competence. The new S3 weighs no more than 1,395 kilograms, a value that is easily the best in its competitive environment. Compared with the previous model, kerb weight has been reduced by 60 kilograms. Thanks to hot-shaped, high-tech steels, the body-in-white alone represents a weight saving of 28 kilograms over the previous model. The large aluminium parts in the front section of the car round out the lightweight construction concept.

The three-door body of the S3 is also very stiff, crash-safe and quiet. A noise-insulating windscreen is standard. The coefficient of drag is just 0.33. The new Audi S3 is 4,254 millimetres long, 1,777 millimetres wide and 1,435 millimetres high. Its wheelbase measures 2,595 millimetres, 17 millimetres more than its predecessor.

Exterior design

Each element of the design of the new S3 is precise and distinctive. The athletic stance is emphasized by the low bonnet, and the characteristic tornado line below the windows and the sharply sloped C-pillars stretch the body visually. Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights are standard. The flat rear lights, into which the adaptive brake light is integrated, are also fitted with light-emitting diodes.

The xenon-based Audi adaptive light swivels into corners. It is also linked to the navigation system and can be upgraded with special lighting functions for urban, extra urban and highway driving, as well as for junctions and tourist attractions. When combined with the front-facing camera, the light-dark boundary of the headlights is automatically and steplessly adjusted for substantially improved visibility and safety.

A true first in the premium compact class are the optional LED headlights, which previously have only been available in full-size models. The low beams are generated in two free-form reflectors with a total of nine high-performance LED chips. Ten high-performance LEDs in the matt aluminum trim provide the high beams. Depending on the features chosen, the high beams are switched on automatically and LED cornering lights illuminate tight corners. Inter-urban, motorway and tourist attraction lighting rounds out the lighting convenience functions. The all-weather lights enhance safety in fog or snow.

As expected the Audi S3 incorporates the S-specific single-frame grille, which appears here with an aluminium-look finish and matt platinum grey inserts. The horizontal double bars also have an aluminium-look finish. The newly designed bumper features aluminium-look double ribs integrated into the lateral air inlets. Pronounced edges frame the large air inlets with the high-gloss black honeycomb inserts. Additional implied air openings are located close to the wheels.

When viewed from the side, the aluminium-look exterior mirrors and the pronounced side sills catch the eye. The rear bumper has also been redesigned. The platinum grey diffuser houses the exhaust system’s four oval tailpipes, which feature chrome tips. A large roof spoiler generates downforce on the rear axle.

S badges adorn the rear and the single-frame grille. Highlights among the 14 colours available for the Audi S3 are the exclusive crystal-effect finishes Panther Black and Estoril Blue.


The exterior’s sporting overtones are of course carried over into the interior. A distinct arch encircles the instrument panel; slim and low, the instrument panel appears to float on the centre console. Large, round air vents, the elegant control panel for the climate control and the decorative inlays in matt brushed aluminium or a black 3D look provide sophisticated accents. The controls are clear and intuitive, as in every Audi. The quality is exceptional and there is a generous amount of room. Luggage capacity is 365 litres, which can be increased to 1,100 litres by folding down the rear seats.

The instrument dials are grey, the needles white. Another S-specific feature can be found on the rev counter, which now includes a boost pressure indicator. The driver’s information system with rest recommendation is standard; the power-retractable on-board monitor powers up to display a special S3 screen when the ignition is turned. The optional leather multifunction sports steering wheel has been redesigned with the flat-bottomed rim. In models equipped with S tronic, it also has aluminium-look shift paddles. The pedals and footrest are made of brushed aluminium.

The sports seats with pull-out seat cushions are also a new development. The seat coverings are one of three variants: In the first, the large side bolsters are covered in Pearl Nappa leather while the seat centre sections are covered in cloth. The second is a combination of perforated Alcantara and Pearl Nappa leather. The third variant is a mix of Velvet leather with Fine Nappa leather. Audi also offers optional S sport seats with integrated head restraints and diamond quilting.

The interior of the S3, including the headlining, is in black with contrasting stitching. S logos adorn the door sill strips, the steering wheel, the gear/selector lever knob and the instruments. Dual-zone electronic climate control and the storage package are standard in the Audi S3.


The new S3 can be equipped with all of the groundbreaking mobile infotainment and driver assistance solutions available for the model series. Audi connect is the name for a broad range of tailored online services that network drivers with their surroundings and rapidly supply them with key information in an easy-to-comprehend format.

Audi has designed a variety of infotainment elements for using the new services, topped by MMI navigation plus with MMI touch.The high-end system boasts a super-flat, power-retractable, seven-inch monitor and a new operating concept in which MMI touch is integrated into the rotary pushbutton.The Audi Phone Box connects mobile phones to the vehicle in a convenient way, and the sound system from Bang & Olufsen offers pure hi-fi enjoyment, with LED light guides accentuating the woofers in the doors.


The assistance systems in the S3 come directly from the full-size class. The range begins with adaptive cruise control, which when combined with the safety system Audi pre sense front brings the car to a stop autonomously from speeds below 19mph, and continues through Audi side assist, Audi active lane assist and camera-based traffic sign recognition to the park assist system. There are also a number of convenience options, including adaptive light (also with variable headlight range control), the advanced key and the panoramic glass sunroof.

The Audi S3 will open for UK order later in 2012. Its base price in Germany is €38,900, but UK-specific pricing and specification will be confirmed nearer to the start of ordering.

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SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept heads for Paris show

Limited edition version of acclaimed performance SUV is created by Audi high performance division quattro GmbH.

  • Special limited edition version of SQ5 TDI created by quattro GmbH will be on show at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris (Sep 29 to Oct 14 2012)
  • Limited 50-car production run begins in early 2013 - price in Germany will be €92,000
  • ‘Standard’ car which forms its basis opens for UK order later in 2012 priced at approximately £44,000 OTR.
  • 3.0-litre bi-turbo TDI engine delivers 313PS and 650Nm between 1,450 and 2,800rpm, 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds, governed 155mph top speed, combined MPG 39.2

With 313PS and 39mpg, the Audi SQ5 TDI is the new top model in the Q5 model series and also the first S model in the history of Audi with a diesel engine. Now an extra dash of exclusivity has been added to its potent formula as the SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept – a limited edition version created by high performance division quattro GmbH - is readied for its Paris Show debut.

The performance SUV will showcase new design features in the interior and an exclusive exterior finish in a limited production run of just 50 vehicles beginning in the first quarter of 2013.

The SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept is finished in stunning Aral Blue crystal effect, a shade which was specially developed for this limited production model and which conveys an amazing feeling of depth. As with every S model from Audi, the exterior mirrors are in aluminium look, and xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights are standard. The four exhaust tailpipes dominate the rear of the vehicle.

The interior of the SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept incorporates striking contrasts: The leather multifunction sports steering wheel and the gear lever gaiter in black Fine Nappa leather are accentuated with contrasting stitching in snow white, as are the centre armrest and the instrument binnacle cover. A special highlight are the black sport seats covered in Fine Nappa leather, which also feature contrasting stitching in snow white and black, woven leather in the centre section of the seats. The SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept marks the first time that woven leather has been used in a production vehicle.

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Audi makes space for new A3 Sportback in Paris

Third generation version of exceptionally successful five-door A3 debuts at French show with more style and more room thanks to longer wheelbase

  • Five-door A3 is now open for ordering - £620 premium over three-door – launch model prices from £19,825 OTR
  • More functional than ever with wheelbase 58mm longer than predecessor and 35mm longer than new three-door - 1,220 litres of luggage capacity
  • Audi ultra lightweight construction and advanced engine technology for low CO2 emissions
  • Driver assistance systems from the full-size class

The latest Audi A3 appears in a new capacity at next week’s Paris Motor Show (September 29 to October 14) as the third generation five-door Sportback version makes its world public debut. By combining its sleek new look with a longer wheelbase than both its predecessor and its all-new three-door counterpart, the eminently practical compact is able to offer even more space for families and their luggage, with barely any increase in exterior ‘footprint’. Carrying a premium of £620 over its three-door equivalent, the first phase of A3 Sportback models is now open for ordering priced from £19,825 OTR.

Exterior design

The new Audi A3 Sportback is long and lean. While the length (4,310 millimetres), width (1,780 millimetres) and height (1,425 millimetres) are only slightly greater than in the previous model, the wheelbase now measures 2,636 millimetres, an increase of 58 millimetres. This makes the five-door model 35 millimetres longer between the axles than the three-door version.

The design with the three side windows is taut and concentrated. The distinguishing element at the front of the A3 Sportback is the distinctive, stone grey single-frame grille with its angled upper corners. The lower edges of the headlights taper off at an angle, and in S line models are equipped as standard with xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights – these will also be optional for other versions. Large air intakes up front hint at the power of the engines.

The sharply defined tornado line articulates the flank below the windows and evokes a powerful shoulder. The dynamic line above the side sills runs upwards toward the rear.

The tautly curved surfaces, the large, precisely defined wheel wells, the relatively narrow, sharply sloping C pillars and the understated roof spoiler lend the A3 Sportback a dynamic air, as do the exterior mirrors, which in common with many sports cars are perched on the doors.

At the rear, the split rear lights underscore the width of the A3 Sportback – in S line models, or where the optional LED light package has been specified, these are formed using LEDs whose conductors appear to form a continuous arch. The adaptive brake light, which pulses at high frequency during hard braking, is standard. A sharp crease sets off the diffuser, and depending on the engine the exhaust system which protrudes from it terminates in one or two tailpipes on the left side of the car.

Ultra lightweight body

The Audi ultra lightweight design principle has long been a cornerstone for the brand. It reduces the weight of the new A3 Sportback by as much as 90 kilograms compared with the previous version. Equipped with the 1.4 TFSI engine, the five-door model has a kerb weight (without driver) of just 1,205 kilograms - a reversal of the weight spiral which makes the Sportback a class-leader in this respect.

High-end components of hot-shaped steel in the occupant cell form a strong, yet lightweight structure. They comprise a large portion of the body and are a major factor behind the weight savings of 37 kilograms in the occupant cell. High and ultra-high-strength steels are used in many other areas. The bonnet, the wings, the profile behind the front bumper and the front axle subframe are made of aluminium. Together they save roughly 12 kilograms and thus improve axle load distribution.

The body of the Audi A3 Sportback is extremely stiff and quiet, as components such as a noise-insulating windscreen reduce interior noise levels. Thanks to extensive fine-tuning that also included the engine compartment and the underbody, the coefficient of drag is just 0.30. Passive safety is also top-notch. In the event of a collision with a pedestrian, a pyrotechnic element at the back of the bonnet raises it several centimetres to cushion the impact.


The interior of the new A3 Sportback is marked by an elegant, clean and light design. A long arch runs below the windscreen reminiscent of the larger Audi models. The instrument panel with its curved front is lean and low.

The intuitively clean ergonomics are a classic Audi strength, and are characterised by the MMI operating system with its power-retractable monitor which will be standard in UK models. Its terminal is located on the console of the centre tunnel, which is flanked by high knee pads. A button for the electromechanical parking brake replaces the handbrake lever – another adoption from the larger Audi models.

The driver sits at an elegant steering wheel which, depending on version, has three or four spokes, a flat-bottomed rim, multifunction buttons and shift paddles. The large dial instruments can be easily read at a glance. The newly developed front seats offer outstanding support, and sports seats are fitted as standard to Sport and S line versions.

Thanks to the 58 millimetre increase in wheelbase length, the A3 Sportback offers ample rear seat space and easy access for three adults. It also offers several millimetres more head and leg room than its predecessor.

The interior of the new A3 Sportback conveys the luxurious look and feel of the full-size class. The sculpted inlays are just one of its highlights. Depending on version these have a Micrometallic Silver, Aluminium Mistral or matt brushed aluminium finish. An optional 3D ‘Optic’ look inlay manufactured in a complex process to produce a glass-like appearance which gives it intense depth is available as an option.

The four large, round air nozzles in a jet design are additional examples of the aesthetics of technology. The stream of air can be adjusted between a diffuser setting and a targeted flow by tapping and pulling on the central hub of the nozzle.

The control unit for the dual-zone air conditioning which will be fitted as standard to Sport and S line versions and optional for SE models is mounted on a black, piano-finish fascia. The instrument cluster fascia is also black. Many control elements are available in an aluminium-look finish, and the optional interior lighting package includes subtle LED lights.

Cloth seats are standard for SE and Sport models, while S line versions upgrade to a mixture of Biathlon cloth and leather. Options include Milano leather or a combination of leather and Alcantara. The Milano leather sport seats are covered with soft Velvet in the shoulder region.

Equipment levels mirror the three-door A3 across the three SE, Sport and S line specification levels, but the more family-oriented Sportback also adds rear electric windows and rear door child locks in each case. Highlights common to all also include alloy wheels, air conditioning (manual in the SE, dual zone with electronic control in Sport and Sline), the acclaimed MMI radio with its 11 millimetre-thin electrically folding screen, preparation for SD card navigation, Audi Music Interface iPod connection, a Driver Information System, the Bluetooth mobile phone interface with voice control and a multi-function steering wheel.

Sport models upgrade to larger alloy wheels and incorporate the Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system which enables the driver to choose from five modes dictating the car’s driving characteristics – Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Efficiency and Individual. They influence the weighting of the steering, the sensitivity of the throttle pedal, the shift points of the S tronic transmission if this is fitted and the parameters used by the optional adaptive cruise control system. Additional Sport features also include sports seats, sports steering wheel and additional aluminium detailing inside and out.

Stand-out features of the top S line specification include 18-inch alloy wheels, S line body styling, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lamps, an S line sports steering wheel and part-leather-upholstered sports seats embossed with the S line logo.

The luggage compartment offers 380 litres of space in the basic configuration, 10 litres more than its predecessor. This expands to 1,220 litres with the seats folded down. The cargo floor is flat and the opening between the wheel wells measures 100 centimetres. The floor can be inserted on two levels, and the supports on which it rests are marked with small LED lights. The rear seat can be folded down in a 60:40 split or as a whole. Hooks for bags and tie-down rings are standard. Options include a reversible mat, a storage and luggage compartment package and a through-load facility for lengthier items such as skis and snowboards.


Audi will initially offer the new A3 Sportback with a choice of one TDI and two TFSI engines. Two diesel engines and one petrol unit will follow later. They combine multiple efficiency technologies – direct injection, turbocharging, innovative thermal management and the start-stop system. Fuel consumption has been reduced on average by around 10 per cent compared with the previous model.

The newly developed 2.0 TDI, with balancer shafts that now rotate in the crankcase, will in the longer term be available in two versions. The first to arrive will be the 150PS version familiar from the three-door, which produces 320 Nm of torque and enables the front-wheel-drive A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI to reach 62mph from rest in 8.4 seconds and continue to a top speed of 133mph. Combined fuel economy for this version is 67.3mpg, corresponding to CO2 emissions of 108 g/km.

The more powerful version which will follow later will offer 184PS and 380 Nm of torque. The key data (with manual transmission and front-wheel drive): zero to 62mph in 7.4 seconds, top speed of 144mph and combined fuel economy of 65.7mpg.

The 1.6-litre TDI which has just become available for the three-door version will also follow later in 2012. The outstandingly efficient compact diesel, which is characterized by minimal internal friction, can deliver up to 74.3mpg when paired with the manual transmission, corresponding to CO2 emissions of 99 g/km. It powers the Audi A3 Sportback from zero to 62mph in 10.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 121mph.

The new 1.4 TFSI will initially be the smallest petrol engine in the A3 Sportback range. Now featuring an aluminium block, and weighing just 107 kilograms – 21 kilograms less than its predecessor - it produces 122PS and 200 Nm of torque, accelerating the A3 Sportback from zero to 62mph in 9.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 126mph. Combined economy is 53.3mpg, which corresponds to 123 grams of CO2/km.

A second version of the 1.4 TFSI offering 140PS and 250 Nm of torque will follow. It features the innovative cylinder on demand (COD) system, which deactivates the second and third cylinders at low to intermediate loads and while coasting.

The powerful 1.4-litre engine’s combined economy is 60.1mpg. Performance is brisk, with a time of 8.4 seconds for the standard sprint (with manual transmission) and a top speed of 132mph.

The new 1.8 TFSI, the most powerful petrol engine in the range, is next in the line-up at launch. It produces 180PS and 250 Nm of torque, and combines FSI direct injection with indirect injection and the Audi valvelift system to vary valve lift as required. The exhaust manifold is integrated into the cylinder head – a similar solution is also used in the two smaller TFSI engines. Key performance data with S tronic and front-wheel drive: from zero to 62mph in 7.3 seconds, top speed of 144mph and combined economy of 50.4mpg corresponding to 130 g/km.

Later in 2012 the 1.2 TFSI, which also features an aluminium crankcase designed for low weight and minimal friction, will join the range. It produces 105PS and 175 Nm of torque. Together with S tronic transmission, it will power the A3 Sportback from zero to 62mph in 10.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 120mph. Combined fuel economy is 57.6mpg.

Audi will quickly expand the range of engines for the A3 Sportback to include a dynamic S model and additional high-efficiency, low-emissions variants.

Power transmission

The majority of engines in the new Audi A3 Sportback are paired with a manual six-speed gearbox, with the exception of the 1.8 TFSI which in the UK will initially be equipped exclusively with S tronic transmission. S tronic will be available as an option for all other engines. Depending on the version, the dual-clutch transmission shifts extremely quickly and nearly imperceptibly through six or seven gears.

The driver can operate S tronic via the selector lever or with the optional paddles on the steering wheel. Revs are somewhat higher in the automatic S mode, whereas D mode prioritizes taller gear ratios. When combined with Audi drive select (standard in the A3 Sport and above), S tronic includes a free-wheeling function in efficiency mode that further reduces fuel consumption.

With engines producing up to 180PS, the power is delivered to the front wheels, but quattro permanent all-wheel drive featuring a newly developed multi-plate clutch will become available as an option for the 1.8 TFSI and 2.0 TDI in the future. The hydraulically actuated and electronically controlled component, which can send the power from the front to the rear axle in just a few milliseconds, weighs significantly less than the previous unit.


The chassis of the new Audi A3 Sportback offers great composure and stability thanks to the finely balanced distribution of axle loads. The front axle has been shifted forward by 40 millimetres compared with the previous model, shortening the overhang correspondingly. All of the engines are installed tilted backward by 12 degrees with the exhaust end facing the bulkhead. This concept is an element of the modular transverse platform (MQB).

The front axle of the Audi A3 Sportback is a McPherson construction with wishbones and lightweight aluminium pivot bearings. It is mounted on an aluminum subframe. Mounted on a steel subframe, the four-link rear suspension handles longitudinal and transverse forces independently. The springs and dampers are mounted separately. The two sports suspensions available lower the body by 15 or 25 millimetres respectively.

Suspension grades across the three specification levels will be more interchangeable than ever before in the latest A3 Sportback. As standard, SE models will feature more comfort-oriented standard suspension, while Sport and S line versions will move to a firmer sport setting which in S line models can be taken to an even more overtly handling-focused level with the no-cost option of dedicated S line sports suspension. A3 Sport and S line customers will also, however, have the option to take the opposite approach by combining the attractions of Sport and S line specification with the optimum comfort of standard suspension.

The electromechanical power steering with a direct steering ratio of 15.3:1 is sensitive and highly efficient. Its drive unit consumes no energy while driving straight ahead – a key contribution to overall efficiency. The steering works closely together with a variety of assistance systems, including Audi active lane assist and the parking assistant. The turning circle measures just 10.9 metres.

Powerful brakes provide the stopping power; the front discs are internally vented. The ESC electronic stabilization control includes the electronic limited slip differential, which helps the driver when cornering. If a wheel on one of the axles spins, the electronic limited slip differential brakes it slightly, causing the car to turn slightly into the corner. The electromechanical parking brake can be supplemented with a hill hold assist function.


The new Audi A3 Sportback presents a groundbreaking innovation in mobile communications electronics – the modular infotainment platform (MIB). The concept behind it enables very fast innovation cycles in development.

The central computer of the new MMI includes the MMX board (MMX: Multi-Media eXtension). One of the plug-in module’s key components is the fast T-20 graphics process from market leader Nvidia’s Tegra 2 series. The chip, which generates complex 3D images, is used in all online, voice control, media, navigation and telephone functions.

The high-resolution monitor of the MMI operating system measures either 5.8 or 7 inches in diagonal and extends automatically from the instrument panel. Just 11 millimeters (0.43 in) thick, its lightweight magnesium housing is finished in high-gloss black for an elegant, premium appearance.

Audi is also presenting important innovations for the control terminal on the centre tunnel console. The permanent rocker switches – the hard keys – for navigation, telephone, radio and media have been rearranged. With the top-of-the-line MMI navigation plus, the large rotary pushbutton with MMI touch – a solution from Audi’s full-size models – has been consolidated into a touch wheel. The touch-sensitive field, on which drivers can enter letters and numbers with their fingers, forms the surface of the control wheel.

The standard MMI system can be upgraded to MMI navigation plus with MMI touch – a media centre with 10 GB of music storage capacity and a DVD drive. The high-resolution 7-inch monitor displays the map with detailed 3D graphics. Mobile phones and players can be paired with MMI navigation plus through the integrated Bluetooth interface.

A number of attractive modules round out the range, including a module for digital audio broadcasting and the Audi Phone Box for easily connecting mobile phones to the vehicle antenna. The optional Bang & Olufsen sound system, whose 705-watt, 5.1-channel amplifier drives 14 speakers, is available in addition to the Audi Sound System. LED light guides illuminate the fames of the woofers in the front doors.

Driver assistance systems

The new Audi A3 Sportback also uses advanced technologies for the driver assistance systems. The most important of these is Audi adaptive cruise control. At speeds up to 93mph, the radar-based cruise control keeps the car at an interval defined by the driver from the car ahead. With the driver assistance package, which combines multiple systems, the system is active at speeds up to 124mph. In combination with S tronic, ACC offers a stop & go function for low speeds.

Additional systems round out the lineup. Audi side assist monitors lane changes with rear-facing radar, and Audi active lane assist helps drivers remain in their lane by slightly correcting the electromechanical steering, if necessary. The latter system’s video camera is also used for the traffic sign recognition system, which displays speed limits and other signs. The driver information system with rest recommendation detects when the driver is getting tired and issues a warning.

Several systems are available to make parking easier; the top of the line is the park assist system with 360° display. It takes over steering from the driver when parking in both parallel and perpendicular spaces, manoeuvring multiple times, if necessary. Its twelve ultrasonic sensors detect obstacles all round the vehicle. The park assist system can be supplemented with a reversing camera.

Another high-end option is the safety system Audi pre sense basic. If the A3 Sportback begins to skid, it tenses the front seat belts electrically, and the windows and sunroof begin to close. The additional function pre sense front is integrated into the adaptive cruise control. In the event of a pending rear-end collision with the vehicle ahead, it warns the driver in stages and initiates precise and partial braking, if necessary.

At speeds below 19mph, Audi pre sense front (which is included with the optional Adaptive cruise control) brakes the A3 Sportback in an emergency with nearly full power. If a collision occurs, a new subsystem is activated: the multicollision brake assistant. It ensures that the vehicle does not continue to roll uncontrolled.

The new Audi A3 Sportback is available to order now, and the first cars will reach customers here in March 2013.

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