Audi has announced they are now taking orders for the A3 Sportback g-tron in Germany where the model has a starting price of 25,900 EUR.

Audi has announced they are now taking orders for the A3 Sportback g-tron in Germany where the model has a starting price of 25,900 EUR.

Introduced almost a year ago at the Geneva Motor Show, Audi's A3 Sportback g-tron comes with a 4-cylinder, 1.4-liter TFSI gasoline engine outputting 110 HP (81 kW) and 200 Nm (147 lb-ft) of torque. It sounds just like a normal A3 until you hear the model can run not only on gasoline, but also on natural gas and Audi-generated e-gas. When running in e-gas mode, the vehicle is "entirely CO2-neutral."

In terms of performance, the A3 Sportback g-tron needs 11 seconds until 62 mph (100 km/h) on its way to a top speed of 118 mph (190 km/h) regardless of the type of fuel used. The vehicle comes equipped with two gas tanks that carry 7 kg (15.3 lbs) of compressed natural gas (CNG) at a maximum pressure of 200 bar. The tanks have been manufactured from CFRP and when at their full capacity they weigh 27 kg (59.5 lbs).

On average, the car consumes between 3.2 and 3.3 kg of gas / 100 km which results in running costs of about 3.50 EUR / 100 km. When it runs on gas it has a range of around 242 miles (400 km) while on gasoline it can do up to 559 miles (900 km). Opt to use both types of fuel and the range increases to 807.7 miles (1,300 km).

As far as the e-gas is concerned, it is a type of synthetic methane produced by Audi at its e-gas facility situated in Werlte in Lower Saxony, Germany. Audi says that an e-gas-running A3 Sportback represents "the most environmentally friendly form of long-distance mobility."

Visit the press release area to find out how the e-gas is delivered and how much it costs.

Audi A3 Sportback g-tron goes on sale in Germany, starts at 25,900 EUR