Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Audi A3 receives new diesel engine

Audi has announced a pair of new common-rail diesel engines that will join the A3 line-up.

The most powerful variant of the 1.6 litre TDi produces 105bhp and 230 Nm (170 lb-ft) of torque. This CR diesel engine is combined with Audi's new start and stop and energy recovery systems. With this engine, the A3 sprints from 0 to 62mph in 11.4 seconds with a top speed of 121mph with combined fuel economy of 68.9mpg. This equates to 109g/km. A 90bhp 1.6 litre TDi propels the A3 to 62 mph in 12.9 seconds and has a top speed of 112 mph. This model, which does not feature the start/stop system or energy recovery, has combined fuel economy of 62.7mpg with CO2 emissions of 118g/km.

The A3 1.6 TDI is available to order with the basic price for the 90bhp version set at €22,550 and for the 105bhp model at €23,550. Those who opt for the 5 door Sportback model will be charged an extra €900. UK sales start late Summer.

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