2014 Audi A3 Sportback S-Line
The Audi A3 model now has a new successor. German automaker has officially announced the new 2014 Audi A3 Sportback S-Line which is a five-door car with the spacious luggage compartment breaks new ground in terms of vehicle weight thanks to ultra lightweight construction technology.
2014 Audi A3 Sportback will available in a number of turbocharged four-cylinders one TDI and two TFSI engines.Two diesel engines and one gasoline unit will follow somewhat 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 percent compared with the previous model.
The 1.6 TDI is the most efficient engine in the model lineup. The compact diesel, which is characterized by minimal internal friction, consumes on average just 3.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (61.90 US mpg) when paired with the manual transmission. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 99 g/km (159.33 g/mile). The 1.6-liter engine accelerates the Audi A3 Sportback from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 10.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 194 km/h (120.55 mph).
The newly developed 2.0 TDI, with balance shafts that now rotate in the crankcase, is available in two versions. Performance data for the front-wheel-drive Audi A3 Sportback equipped with the 110 kW (150 hp) engine producing 320 Nm (236.02 lb-ft) are 8.4 seconds for the sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) and a top speed of 213 km/h (132.55 mph). Average fuel consumption is just 4.6 liters per 100 km (51.13 mph), corresponding to CO2 emissions of 120 grams per kilometer (193.12 g/mile).
The more powerful version of the 2.0 TDI offers 135 kW (184 hp) and 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) of torque. The key data (with manual transmission and front-wheel drive): zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.4 seconds, top speed of 232 km/h (144.16 mph), average fuel consumption of 4.3 liters per 100 km (54.70 US mpg) and 111 grams CO2 per km (178.64 g/mile).
Following somewhat later is the 1.2 TFSI, which with its aluminum crankcase is rigorously designed for low weight and minimal friction. It produces 77 kW (105 hp) and 175 Nm (129.07 lb-ft) of torque. Together with S tronic, it accelerates the A3 Sportback from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 10.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 193 km/h (119.92 mph). Average fuel consumption is just 4.9 liters per 100 km (48.00 US mpg), corresponding to CO2 emissions of 114 grams per km (183.47 g/mile).
The new 1.4 TFSI in the A3 Sportback, which now also features an aluminum block, weighs just 107 kilograms (235.89 lb) – 21 kilograms (46.30 lb) less than its predecessor. It produces 90 kW (122 hp) and 200 Nm (147.51 lb-ft) of torque, accelerating the Audi A3 Sportback from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 9.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 203 km/h (149.73 mph). Its average fuel consumption is 5.3 liters of fuel per 100 km (44.38 US mpg), which corresponds to 123 grams of CO2/km (197.95 g/mile).
A second version of the 1.4 TFSI to follow somewhat later produces 103 kW (140 hp) and 250 Nm (184.39 lb-ft) of torque. 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-liter engine’s average fuel consumption is thus 4.7 liters of fuel per 100 km (50.05 US mpg); CO2 emissions are just 110 grams per km (177.03 g/mile). Performance is sporty, with a time of 8.4 seconds for the standard sprint (with manual transmission) and a top speed of 213 km/h (132.35 mph).
The new 1.8 TFSI, the most powerful gasoline engine in the lineup, produces 132 kW (180 hp) and 250 Nm (184.39 lb-ft) of torque. It combines FSI direct injection with indirect injection and uses 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 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.3 seconds, top speed of 232 km/h (144.16 mph) and average fuel consumption of 5.6 liters per 100 km (42.00 US mpg) corresponding to 130 grams CO2 per km (209.21 g/mile).
Audi will quickly expand the range of engines for the A3 Sportback. It includes a dynamic S model and additional high-efficiency, low-emissions variants. Set to debut in 2013 is an 81-kW (110-hp) TCNG engine for operation with Audi e-gas, a fuel that Audi produces itself in sustainable manner. In the holistic well-to-wheel analysis, the CO2 emissions of the Audi A3 Sportback TCNG are below 30 g/km (48.28 g/mile). The A3 Sportback e-tron with a powerful plug-in hybrid drive will follow in 2014.
All engines in the new Audi A3 Sportback 2014 are paired with a manual six-speed transmission. S tronic is available as an option with all engines. Depending on the version, the dual-clutch transmission shifts extremely quickly and nearly imperceptibly through six or seven gears.
The chassis, with struts up front and multilink rear, is virtually identical to the three-door A3’s, and rides on standard 16-inch wheels—17- and 18-inch wheels also are available.
The available Audi Connect internet connectivity setup allows operation of up to eight devices and powers Google Earth navigation, Facebook, and Twitter, all of which are integrated within the infotainment system. Such features are accessed via a 5.8- or 7.0-inch central monitor that rises from the dashboard. A touch-sensitive pad has been placed on top of the knob that controls Audi’s MMI; this will allow users to write letters and numbers with a fingertip to input, say, destinations.
With so many distractions, it’s probably a good thing that Audi has added a host of nanny aids to keep an eye on your surroundings while you’re busy tweeting and writing handwritten notes. Adaptive cruise is available and has the ability to bring the car to a stop in traffic. Audi also offers “side assist,” which monitors lane changes using rear-facing radar; lane-keeping responsibilities are handled by a camera-based system that will make steering corrections if necessary. Xenon and full-LED headlights reside on the seemingly endless options sheet as well, or at least in Europe.
The new 2014 Audi A3 Sportback will go on sale in German dealerships in February 2013. Base price will start from €22,500, or about $29,000 at current exchange rate. According to Insideline website, A3 five-door hatchback, will not be coming to the U.S market.