Form Audi press: The A3 2.0T and A3 3.2 quattro have taken the premium compact segment by storm and continue to garner praise from customers and the automotive media for their sporty performance, utility, and luxurious refinement. The 2008 models promise to continue this trend with the addition of some new standard equipment and option packages.
For 2008, the A3 gets even sportier with an optional Titanium package. This option package is available on the A3 2.0T S line and the A3 3.2 quattro and consists of 18- inch Titanium-color RS 4-style alloy wheels, black front grille, black interior headliner, and piano black interior trim. This package gives the A3 an even sportier appearance.
With its aggressive styling, sporty driving dynamics, and abundance of standard features, the A3 offers sports car-like performance and sophistication with the versatility of its four-door design and cargo area.
The A3 2.0T is powered by Audi’s revered 2.0T FSI engine. The 2.0T FSI is a four- cylinder engine with turbocharger, delivering 200 horsepower between 5,100 and 6,000 rpm. Its maximum torque of 207 ft. lbs. is available across a wide speed range from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm. This engine also is the first production unit worldwide to combine FSI gasoline direct injection with a turbocharger.
The A3 2.0T is fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional S tronic automatic transmission, both in front-wheel drive. This pioneering form of power transmission – inspired by Audi racing technology from the rally cars of the mid 1980s – permits lightning-fast gear changes with uninterrupted traction thanks to its electro- hydraulically controlled twin clutch.
The S tronic is derived from a conventional six-speed manual gearbox adding the qualities of a modern automatic transmission, thus providing a drive concept superior in every respect. The driver benefits from supreme agility and driving pleasure, combined with dynamic acceleration, without interrupting the flow of power from the engine.
The A3 3.2 quattro has a 3.2-liter V6 with a very narrow 15 degrees between cylinder banks. Producing 250 hp with 237 ft. lbs. of torque available from 2,500 to 3,000 rpm, the powerful V6 is combined with quattro all-wheel drive and the much-praised S tronic transmission to effectively transfer power to the road.
The A3 is recognizable immediately in the rear-view mirror: the dominant feature of its front end is the striking single-frame grille which now is the distinctive mark of the latest Audi generation. The S line cars have larger and more aggressive air intakes and a front lip that add to the sporty nature of the package. The S line package is standard on the 3.2 quattro and optional on the 2.0T models.
The interior design of the Audi A3 is distinguished by two features: sportiness and elegance. This impression is conveyed by the low seat position, in typical sports car style, the high and wide center console and the clear, generous division of the dashboard.