Engine and transmission
Offering a wide range of choice but dedicated throughout to sporting performance - this philosophy characterises the range of engines and transmissions offered for the new Audi A3 Sportback at launch. A further quality shared by all engines is their full compliance with the EU4 standard, giving owners of these cars in Germany, for example, a tax benefit of up to €613 (diesel models) and €306 (petrol models).
A new, extremely dynamic representative of the FSI engine family is celebrating its world premiere in the A3 Sportback: the 2.0T FSI, a four-cylinder engine with turbocharger, delivers 147 kW (200 bhp). Its maximum torque of 280 Nm is available across a wide speed range from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm. This new engine is also the first production unit worldwide to combine FSI petrol direct injection with a turbocharger. This technology - which is also to be found in the Le Mans-winning Audi R8 - enables a unique synthesis of high performance, free-revving response and pulling power in all speed ranges, yet excellent fuel economy.
The North American market will launch the A3 Sportback with the new 2.0T FSI developing 147 kW (200 bhp), 280 Nm.
Additional engines for Europe include:
3.2 V6 developing 184 kW (250 bhp), 320 Nm
Depending on the chosen engine, a 5 or 6-speed manual gearbox is fitted.
The sporty Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) is a unique alternative. This pioneering form of power transmission - inspired by motor racing technology - permits lightning-fast gear changes with uninterrupted traction thanks to its electro-hydraulically controlled twin clutch, and thus sheer driving pleasure in true sports car style.
The DSG combines the advantages of a conventional 6-speed manual gearbox with the qualities of a modern automatic transmission, thus providing a drive concept superior in every respect. The driver benefits from supreme agility and driving pleasure combined with harmonious and dynamic acceleration without interrupting the flow of power from the engine. This is combined with good economy thanks to low fuel consumption, and convenient operation.
The DSG can be ordered for the most powerful versions of the A3 Sportback: the 3.2, the 2.0T FSI and the 2.0 TDI.
The 6-speed tiptronic transmission is available as an option for the A3 Sportback 2.0 FSI and for the 1.6.
Still with no equivalent in the premium compact class: quattro permanent four-wheel drive. Even the power developed by the highest-performance versions of the A3 Sportback can be converted ideally into forward motion with this system, which serves as the basis for dynamic driving and active safety at the same time.