Audi launches ultra-efficient A3

20 August 2007

Audi has launched a new, more efficient version of its A3, which is capable of over 62mpg.

Audi has improved the engine, transmission and aerodynamics of the 1.9 TDI model so that it can attain an average of 62.7mpg and carbon dioxide emissions of 119g/km, putting it in VED tax band B.

The car's diesel engine has been modified, using friction-minimising components and redeveloped ancillary components, such as the alternator, while the gearbox's ratios are designed more for economy than for performance.

Additionally, an indicator in the cabin tells the driver the most efficient time to change gear, and the car's tyres have reduced rolling resistance.

Aerodynamics have also been improved to reduce the car's drag.

The modifications mean the A3 1.9 TDI can do the 0-62mph sprint in 11.4sec and reach a top speed of 120mph - that's down 0.1sec and 2mph on the standard 1.9 TDI, but fuel economy is better by 13.1mpg and 32g/km of carbon dioxide.

Audi says the efficiency measures taken on this car will soon be extended to other cars in its range.

The new car is available to order from the end of this month, and costs from £16,660 for the three-door car and £17,160 for the five-door Sportback car.

Deliveries are expected in early October.

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