March 1, 2004
Audi is unveiling a further A3 version with quattro permanent four-wheel drive at the Geneva Motor Show. The most powerful diesel engine in this car line – the 2.0 TDI developing 103 kW (140 bhp) and a torque of 320 Newton-metres – translates its output into traction and transverse dynamics even more effectively thanks to its four driven wheels. This makes it the perfect recipe for undiluted driving pleasure.
The A3 2.0 TDI quattro with 6-speed manual gearbox sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 9.5 seconds; the top speed is 205 km/h. With its combination of a beefy turbodiesel engine and four-wheel drive, the top TDI engine for the A3 enjoys a unique position in this car segment.
The 2.0 TDI engine is the most powerful and dynamic four-cylinder diesel ever to have propelled an Audi vehicle. This engine is notable for its high power output, low fuel consumption and low emissions to EU 4 standard. The quattro permanent four-wheel drive distributes the propulsive power of this high-performance engine variably among all four wheels, depending on the driving situation, via the electronically controlled hydraulic multi-plate clutch. This efficiently converts performance potential into propulsive power, while also affording high tracking stability and cornering safety.
The first specimens of the new quattro version will be delivered to customers in the second half of 2004. The basic price with the Attraction equipment line is 24,700 in Germany.