Audi A3 Sportback

From Audi press: The Audi A3, the premium compact model from Audi, is raising its sporty profile with a raft of improvements and an accentuated design. Innovative technologies such as the S tronic dual-clutch transmission and Audi magnetic ride, the suspension control system, make for even greater driving pleasure. Its sharper, more striking design lends even greater expression to the A3 family.

New visual details for the A3 bring its stretched, sporty profile into the foreground. The front lid and fenders are more expressively styled, and the bumper and large single- frame radiator grille have been modified. A curved trim element (known as the “wing”) in the headlamps accentuates their technical perfection. Daytime running lights are standard features when using parking light in the USA. The optional bi-xenon headlamps incorporate LED technology within the daytime running lights. Down the sides, the highlight features are exterior mirrors with integral turn indicators, new door handles and attractive wheels. At the tail end, the modified bumper and the lights help this car make a grand exit; the A3 now has innovative fiber optic rods arranged in a flat, continuous strip that creates an impressive optical effect in the dark.

Inside the car, too, the designers fine-tuned the atmosphere of sporty elegance. Aluminum- look elements on the air vents, light switches and center console accentuate the premium character of the Audi A3. The switches and controls beneath the audio system have been given a new, modern look. The instruments have black dials and red needles to reinforce the impression of precision and advanced technology, and a shift indicator displays the recommended gear in any given circumstances in the driver information system. The driver information system's display and the time, date and distance display shows the information in high-resolution white type.

As before, Audi is bringing the A3 onto the market in the USA with two gasoline engines in the 2.0 TFSI with 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. The V6 3.2 V6 engine features 250 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.

The 2.0 TFSI engine is available with a 6-speed manual transmission with front-wheel drive. The S tronic dual-clutch transmission with six gear settings in North America, available on the front-wheel drive version and also the newly-added quattro all-wheel drive system, provides a very seamless and high tech shifting experience known for its sporty characteristics. The 3.2 V6 engine is exclusively available with the S tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive.

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