Audi is extending its range of particularly fuel-efficient, low-emission ultra models in the A3 car line. Equipped with the 150 hp 1.4 TFSI engine, they combine high performance with exemplary economy. High performance and economy really seems to be an oxymoron and with only 150hp, high performance does seem like a play with words.
To us Malaysians, we may or may not see this model here but with the A1 not doing too well here, the A3 might just be the model to fill the gap between the A1 and the A4. But pricewise, it will be difficult to price a 150hp 1.4 car here.
Boasting a top speed of 220 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.1 seconds, the Audi A3 1.4 TFSI ultra demonstrates its sporting talent. On the other hand, the three‑door model is very modest when it comes to fuel consumption and emissions: The four‑cylinder version uses a mere 4.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers over the combined cycle; this equates to CO2 emissions of 109 g/km.
The new offering of a 1.4‑liter TFSI engine is available in combination with either a manual 6‑speed transmission or a 7‑speed S tronic. The power unit with cylinder on demand technology is also available in all four body versions of the A3 car line – as a three‑door model, a five‑door Sportback, a Sedan and as an elegant Cabriolet.
Audi also offers an A3 ultra version with 1.6 TDI engine. This power unit has already been available for the three‑door version and the Sportback since 2013. In future, the A3 Sedan can likewise be outfitted with this 110 hp diesel engine. It gets through just 3.3 liters of diesel fuel per 100 kilometers and emits only 88 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
The ultra models exemplify Audi’s wide-ranging ambition to make its products and production processes comprehensively sustainable, while still delivering the quality of driving enjoyment that is associated with the brand.
Audi has already launched 12 ultra models with TDI and TFSI engines in the A4*, A5*, A6* and A7* car lines. They are all notable for their use of intelligent technologies that reduce consumption and emissions – benefiting running costs and the environment in equal measure. Audi now has a total of 22 ultra models in its range.
Alongside the e‑tron plug‑in hybrid models and the gas-powered g‑tron cars, the ultra fleet is now the third production concept implemented by Audi for providing forms of sustainable mobility that are fully suited to everyday use.