The battle for victory in the Eifel endurance race has not been as thrilling as this in a long time. During the 24 hours the lead changed 35 times – a record in the event that has been held since 1970. After the race’s midpoint, either the number ‘28’ R8 LMS or its fiercest rival was running in front, depending on the pit stop sequence. In the end, the Belgian Audi team prevailed with a concentrated performance of its drivers and solid teamwork. Vincent Vosse’s squad and each of the four race drivers celebrated their first victory in this classic event.
“This was a weekend of thrilling racing, as well as an intense and nerve-wracking one,” said Romolo Liebchen, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “Sincere congratulations to our winners who never lost their cool even in the face of some minor irregularities and held up to the pressure. The whole squad of Audi Sport customer racing is happy to see the new R8 LMS instantly delivering on our promise of it being a competitive, attractive and reliable race car our customers can look forward to starting this fall.”
Vincent Vosse was delighted about another success of his young team: “We’ve already won the Spa 24 Hours with Audi and now we achieved success on the Nürburgring as well. My thanks for this go to a motivated squad, four talented drivers and to Audi Sport customer racing for their solid support. We’re very happy that we can thank Audi by taking the first 24-hour victory of the new race car.”
About 50 percent of the GT3 race car is based on its production counterpart it simultaneously celebrated its debut with in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Four new Audi R8 LMS cars were on the grid of the 24-hour race. Last year’s winners Christopher Haase/Christian Mamerow/René Rast/Markus Winkelhock in car number ‘1’ of Audi Sport Team Phoenix led the race several times but were forced to retire following an accident by Christian Mamerow. The German was hospitalized for observation. In the sister car, number ‘4,’ Mike Rockenfeller spun on track due to an oil spill shortly before the race’s midpoint. He was hit by another car that was following him, causing damage to the Audi that was too severe for continuing the race.
The second race car of the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT saw the checkered flag in seventh place. Accident damage had caused Pierre Kaffer (D) and his team-mates Christer Jöns (D), Nicki Thiim (DK) and Laurens Vanthoor (B) to lose three laps in the early stage. However, with good lap times, this driver quartet proved the competitiveness of the Audi R8 LMS as well.
The time-tested Audi R8 LMS ultra model – the 2012 and 2014 winner of the Nürburgring 24 Hours – completed the good result. Team Twin Busch Motorsport with Dennis Busch/Marc Busch/Christiaan Frankenhout (D/D/NL) saw the finish in 11th place, followed by the Audi race experience. The Asian driver line-up of Franky Congfu Cheng/Marchy Lee/Shaun Thong/Alex Yoong (CN/HK/HK/MAL) achieved 12th place whereas the sister car retired after an accident.
1 Mies/Müller/Sandström/Vanthoor (Audi R8 LMS), 156 laps
2 Luhr/Martin/Palttala/Westbrook (BMW) + 40.729s
3 Dumbreck/Henzler/Imperatori/Ragginger (Porsche) – 1 lap
4 Adorf/Catsburg/Farfus/Müller (BMW) – 1 lap
5 Buurman/Al Faisal/Haupt/van Lagen (Mercedes) – 1 lap
6 Cerruti/Edwards/Keilwitz/Laser (BMW) – 3 laps
7 Jöns/Kaffer/Thiim/Vanthoor (Audi R8 LMS) – 3 laps
8 Brück/Primat/Schmid/Seefried (Bentley) – 5 laps
9 Buncombe/Hoshino/Krumm/Ordonez (Nissan) – 5 laps
10 Heyer/Huff/Frommenwiler/Krognes (Mercedes) – 5 laps
11 Busch/Busch/Frankenhout (Audi R8 LMS ultra) – 7 laps
12 Cheng/Lee/Thong/Yoong (Audi R8 LMS ultra) – 8 laps
This year’s event marks the fourth edition of the tournament that celebrated its premiere in 2009 on the occasion of the festivities for the 100th anniversary of the Audi brand. Held at two-year intervals, the Audi Cup has since become established as one of the most important tournaments in preparation of the European soccer season. Real Madrid CF will be competing in Munich under the banner of the four rings for the first time. The other two teams will be announced immediately following the end of the European league seasons at the beginning of June.
The time-tested format of the Audi Cup has remained unchanged. On Tuesday, August 4, the two semi-final meetings will be held. The losers of these matches will be playing for third place on Wednesday, August 5, before the winners meet in the final. The kickoff times on both days will be 18.15 and 20.45. As a result, the spectators at the Allianz Arena will be seeing all four clubs on both match days. The winners’ well-deserved reward: the 60 centimeter tall aluminum trophy designed by Audi.
Arjen Robben, Mario Götze, Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos or Iker Casillas – these are just some of the big names in the participants’ squads that will be breathing life into the ‘In close touch with the best’ motto of the Audi Cup again this year.
Tickets for the Audi Cup can now be purchased at www.audicup.com. One-day tickets giving spectators the opportunity to watch two games live start selling for as little as 20 euros. Information about the Audi Cup and Audi’s commitment in soccer is available at www.facebook.com/Audi.Football as well.
Sporty, elegant and multi-faceted – Audi presents the new A3 Cabriolet. The compact four-seater impresses at first glance with its flowing lines and soft top. It is also at the top of its class technically – with systematic lightweight design, new engines, multi-faceted networking and high-performance assistance systems.
The new Audi A3 Cabriolet has grown compared to the previous model: its length increased from 4.24 to 4.42 meters (13.91 to 14.50 ft), its wheelbase from 2.58 to 2.60 meters (8.46 to 8.53 ft) and its width from 1.77 to 1.79 meters (5.81 to 5.87 ft). Only its height (1.41 meters [4.63 ft]) was reduced by 15 millimeters (0.59 in). This gives the four-seat convertible a more elegant and sporty look on the road. Luggage capacity grew by 60 liters (2.12 cubic ft), and it is easier to load. The wheel housings can handle wheels up to 19 inches in size.
The front of the Audi A3 Cabriolet is characterized by the Singleframe radiator grille. The flat headlights give it a resolute look; they emphasize the horizontal styling and the air intakes in the bumper. Audi offers headlights with LED technology as an option; they are the only LED headlights in the compact segment to offer variable headlight leveling control.
The rear overhang plays a key role in the harmonious proportions of the two-door car. The windshield frame is made of aluminum – and an aluminum-look trim strip runs around the entire car. On the flanks, the design features a taut tornado line and contoured sheet metal surfaces that create a fascinating interplay of light and shadow.
The soft top
The new A3 Cabriolet has a soft cloth top that is stretched over a lightweight kinematic mechanism made of magnesium-steel, and it complements the car’s design perfectly. At the press of a button, the top opens or closes electro-hydraulically in less than 18 seconds, even while driving up to 50 km/h (31.07 mph). In the opened state, the top – folded into three layers – rests in a tray that barely affects luggage capacity, which is 287 liters (10.14 cubic ft).
The fully automatic soft top has a glass rear window and is offered in Black as standard. A fully automatic acoustic top is available as an alternative; it has a thicker inner foam layer which reduces the already low interior noise level of the A3 Cabriolet even more. The acoustic top is available in the three exterior colors of Black, Gray and Brown, and its roofliner is available in black and lunar silver. A wind deflector is standard for the Ambiente trim line, and head-level heating is an option for the front seats. An active rollover protection system protects the occupants in case of a rollover accident. It consists of two spring-loaded plates that are recessed into the body.
In the base version, the car’s curb weight is just 1,365 kilograms (3009.31 lb) – the new Audi A3 Cabriolet is around 50 kilograms (110.23 lb) lighter than the previous model despite its larger size and better comfort. Including its special reinforcements, which deliver high torsional stiffness, the body-in-white weighs 30 kilograms (66.14 lb) less than previously; the engine hood is made of aluminum. Weight was also significantly reduced in the interior and in the engines. This let Audi – a pioneer in this technical field – set an impressive best value in the compact class. Customers can choose from 16 different exterior paints for the body.
Elegantly drawn lines and clean surfaces also typify the interior design of the new Audi A3 Cabriolet. The instrument panel is lean and low, its front is slightly curved, and the center console is angled slightly towards the driver. The large, round air vents in jet design, the control panel for the air conditioner and the three-dimensional trim strips bring premium class elegance into the interior. The optional lighting package includes a touch-sensitive switch for the reading lights – a feature being offered for the first time.
As in every Audi, workmanship quality is uncompromisingly high, and the car’s controls are simple, intuitive and convenient. It offers enough space for four adults, and the seatbacks of the two rear seats can be folded down which opens up a wide through-load area. The steering wheel and seats are new designs, and the also new electro-mechanical parking brake is operated by a pushbutton on the center console.
The trim lines are named Attraction, Ambition and Ambiente. The S line sport package for the Ambition line immerses the interior space entirely in black. Customers can choose cloth, leather or Alcantara/leather upholstery materials. The Audi design selection lasso brown conveys an exclusive look.
Driving in the new Audi A3 Cabriolet is even more impressive with its highly developed assistance systems. The driver information system with efficiency program and attention assist are already standard features on the Ambition and Ambiente lines. The options program includes adaptive cruise control, Audi side assist, Audi active lane assist, camera-based traffic sign recognition, park assist with selective display and various feature levels of the Audi pre sense safety system.
Also extremely attractive is the line-up of infotainment components; at the very top are the Bang & Olufsen sound system and MMI Navigation plus. The super-slender seven-inch monitor extends from the instrument panel electrically. The user terminal has a rotary/push button control that is designed as a touchwheel with MMI touch – the touchwheel’s top surface is a touch-sensitive pad for inputting alpha and numeric characters.
The Audi connect concept aims to network the driver with his or her environment. In the new Audi A3 Cabriolet, this function – which supplements MMI Navigation plus – provides a connection to the Internet, and whenever possible via the fast LTE transmission standard (available starting in November). The integrated WLAN hotspot lets passengers use their mobile devices to surf and e-mail freely.
The system brings Internet services from Audi connect into the car for use by the driver – from navigation with Google Earth images and Google Street View to online traffic information and services such as Facebook and Twitter. The latest service from Audi connect is parking information; it shows available parking spaces in parking and underground garages and parking lots.
The three newly developed engines being offered in the Audi A3 Cabriolet at its launch all emphasize the car’s sporty character. The two TFSI engines produce 103 kW (140 hp) and 132 kW (180 hp) from 1.4 and 1.8 liters of engine displacement, respectively. The 2.0 TDI develops 110 kW (150 hp); Other engines will follow – ranging from the 1.6 TDI with 81 kW (110 hp) to the 2.0 TFSI, which will power the Audi S3 Cabriolet with 221 kW (300 hp). All engines in the new Audi A3 Cabriolet combine the technologies of direct injection, turbocharging and a start-stop-system.
On average, the three engines offered at market launch have twelve percent better fuel economy than the engines in the previous model – and they do so while improving driving performance. The 1.4 TFSI, for example, accelerates the new Audi A3 Cabriolet from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 9.1 seconds, yet its combined fuel consumption value is 5.0 liters fuel per 100 kilometers (47.04 US mpg) and its CO2 emissions are 114 g/km (183.47 g/mile). Also contributing to this efficiency is Audi cylinder on demand (COD) technology, which deactivates two of the engine’s cylinders in low load conditions.
The new Audi A3 Cabriolet also features state-of-the-art technology in power transmission. At its launch, the 1.8 TFSI is being offered with a seven-speed S tronic; together with the Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system, it offers a free-wheeling function that further improves fuel economy. The 1.4 TFSI and 2.0 TDI are each paired with a manual six-speed transmission. This will be followed by the quattro all-wheel drive system – another new feature and USP of the compact Cabriolet.
The chassis of the new Audi A3 Cabriolet impresses with sophisticated technology that delivers sporty handling, superior vehicle safety and a high level of comfort. Some of the components of the MacPherson front suspension are made of aluminum; the four-link rear suspension handles longitudinal and transverse forces separately. The power steering system features an efficient electromechanical drive.
The ESC stabilization control system integrates an electronic limited slip differential – this makes handling even smoother and safer at the vehicle’s cornering limits while driving fast through curves. The brakes are powerful and durable. Wheel sizes range from 16 to 19 inches, and tire sizes range up to 235/35. Two versions of the sporty chassis are offered; the sport suspension lowers the body 15 millimeters (0.59 in), while the S line sport suspension is 25 millimeters (0.98 in) lower.
High-end options in the new Audi A3 Cabriolet include the Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system (standard on the Ambition line). The driver can use this system to modify engine management, power steering, S tronic and air conditioning operation over several modes. This control also extends to optional systems such as the adaptive suspension control system Audi magnetic ride, adaptive cruise control, adaptive light and progressive steering whose steering gear ratio becomes increasingly more direct when turning.
The new Audi A3 Cabriolet will come off the assembly line at Audi’s plant in Győr, Hungary, which Audi has expanded with an investment of more than 900 million euros. Sales begin this autumn in Germany, and first deliveries will be in the first quarter of 2014. The base price for the 1.4 TFSI (103 kW with cylinder on demand technology) is 31,700 euros. Many sporty and comfort/convenience options round out the standard features; they include the deluxe key and S sport seats with integrated head restraints and diamond topstitching in the shoulder area.
Audi S3 Cabriolet (preliminary data)
In the top S3 version, which will follow shortly after the car’s initial launch, the compact Cabriolet delivers very sporty driving performance. The 2.0 TFSI engine produces 221 kW (300 hp) and transfers 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft. With a six-speed S tronic, the car completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.4 seconds. The combined fuel consumption of the four-cylinder turbo is 7.1 liters per 100 kilometers (33.13 US mpg).
The quattro drivetrain operates with an electronically-controlled hydraulic multi-plate coupling. The body was lowered 25 millimeters (0.98 in), and 17-inch brakes are mounted behind the 18-inch wheels. 19-inch wheels are also available in conjunction with Audi magnetic ride. Progressive steering is standard.
Audi has unveiled the brand’s most fuel-efficient production model. With 81 kW (110 hp) of power output, the Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra consumes just 3.2 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (73.50 US mpg). This equates to an astounding 85 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometer (136.79 g/mile). This versatile marvel of fuel economy is now for sale. Customers can take delivery of the Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra starting in September. The base price in Germany will be 25,200 euros.
Boasting a top speed of 200 km/h (124.27 mph) and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in a mere 10.5 seconds, the A3 1.6 TDI ultra is thoroughly sporty. Every bit as impressive: it truly excels at long-distance drives. Its 50-liter (13.21 US gallons) fuel tank facilitates trips in excess of 1,500 kilometers (932.06 miles).
The five-door A3 1.6 TDI ultra is every bit as spacious and comfortable as the rest of Audi’s model line of premium compact cars. It also features air conditioning, Audi radio and power windows as standard equipment. Moreover, the A3 1.6 TDI ultra is available as a three-door compact or a five-door Sportback.
Low fuel consumption and extraordinary sustainability paved the way for the technological DNA of today’s A3 model line. Thanks to Audi’s unrelenting commitment to lightweight excellence regarding the multi-material body and all vehicular systems, the A3 1.6 TDI ultra weighs a mere 1,205 kilograms (2,656.57 lb). Aerodynamics were enhanced not only by the S line side sills, but also by lowering the A3 ultra’s body by 15 millimeters (0.59 in). 205/55 R16 tires with optimized rolling resistance as well as a longer final drive ratio further improve the efficiency of the A3 1.6 TDI ultra.
This latest A3 is not only the most efficient Audi; it is also the brand’s first model to bear the ultra epithet. The ultra designation expresses the brand’s all-encompassing commitment to systematic sustainability concerning production and products.
In coming months, Audi will unveil ultra versions in other model lines featuring TDI and TFSI engines. Like the Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra, they too will distinguish themselves thanks to a considerable focus on technology reducing fuel consumption and emissions. This will lower running costs while benefiting the environment. Along with Audi’s e-tron plug-in hybrid models and g-tron models powered by natural gas, ultra vehicles will constitute a third category in the brand’s portfolio of cars offering sustainable, everyday mobility.
Audi has come away from this year’s “red dot award: product design 2013” with distinctions for three models: The Audi R8 impressed the high-profile international jury with its “highest design quality”, which earned it the top award “red dot: best of the best”. The Audi A3 Sportback, already a repeat winner, and the Audi S3 were also rated very highly, winning the “red dot” for their high styling quality. Head of Interior Design Enzo Rothfuss took receipt of the awards yesterday evening at the red dot gala in Essen’s Aalto Theater. He expressed his thanks to the jurors and the design team: “Design is a dynamic process in which we all seek to blend tradition with vision.”
Of more than 4,600 products and projects entered from 54 countries, the winners included 22 car models. The jury comprises 37 experts from 24 countries. The award acknowledges not just aesthetic form, but also pioneering trends and the designers’ innovations. “It is designed and elaborated to an extraordinarily high level. Its proportions are balanced, it has perfect poise and its aesthetics are of high caliber,” declared the jury as its reasons for choosing the Audi R8.
“Choosing new directions in design first of all involves questioning every design with a critical eye,” commented Audi chief designer Wolfgang Egger. “The design process often resembles a dynamic car trip, with all its highs and lows. For innovative creation to take place, things repeatedly need to be looked at from a variety of perspectives and new solutions invented without losing sight of the brand’s DNA.” The R8 perfectly embodies this blend of tradition and vision. This ultimately leads to a design that generates a high affinity and emotional bond among Audi customers and points to the shape of things to come.
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Tenor Klaus Florian Vogt and soprano Emily Magee yesterday opened the Summer Concerts 2013 in a performance with the Nuremberg State Philharmonic Orchestra 2013 conducted by Patrick Lange. The concert in the Festival Hall of Ingolstadt’s City Theater kicked off a season of 16 further events in Ingolstadt, Eichstätt, Neuburg and at Schloss Leitheim. Under the motto “In foreign lands”, internationally renowned soloists and ensembles will be presenting music that is flavored by encounters with foreign cultures.
Yesterday evening Klaus Florian Vogt and Emily Magee, led by the Ingolstadt-born conductor Patrick Lange, interpreted arias and duets from the opera “Die tote Stadt” by the composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who spent much of his life in exile. The tenor, recent recipient of the European Culture Prize, and the American soprano also sang excerpts from Antonín Dvořák’s opera “Rusalka”.
Classical music fans will have the opportunity to enjoy a summer of music at 16 further concerts. Tickets in all categories are still available for the UNICEF benefit concert on June 30 with virtuoso violinist and UNICEF ambassador Maxim Vengerov, the concert by the Audi Youth Choir Academy and the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble on July 7 and the guest appearance of the Salzburg Festival with the Venezuelan El Sistema orchestra.
This summer there are three events in the children’s concert series “Listen!”: Young fans of classical music will be treated to a magical extravaganza of music and dance theater in “Gustav’s Wonderful Journey” on July 6. In the company of the Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt and presenter Malte Arkona, the young concert-goers will be taken on a “musical world tour” across five continents on July 21.
The traditional Classical Open Air events in Ingolstadt’s Klenzepark have now acquired cult status. On July 19 the Audi Philharmonic Wind Ensemble conducted by Christian Lombardi will be hosting an evening concert featuring famous works by such composers as Strauss, Rossini and Beethoven. July 20 is then time for ¡Viva la noche! The Cuban singer Milagros Piñera Ybaceta accompanied by the Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt will be bringing Latin American rhythms to Klenzepark. Both evenings end with a fireworks display. Admission is free.
From June 27, holders of Summer Concerts tickets can take advantage of a special offer for the opening of the art exhibition “Jürgen Partenheimer. The visit” at the Audi museum mobile. For the duration of the entire festival, their tickets will gain them free admission to this unique exhibition created by Jürgen Partenheimer specifically for this space. Audi ArtExperience, the cultural program of the brand with the four rings, is thus promoting a dialog between the worlds of art and music.
Tickets for the Summer Concerts are available at all DONAUKURIER ticket offices, at the Tourist Information at Ingolstadt’s main train station, at the Ticket Service in Westpark and at the Ticketshop Karlskron. Tickets can also be ordered online at www.sommerkonzerte.de and by phone on 01805 979070 (calls charged at €0.14/min. from a landline in Germany).
Fuel prices often rise at peak travel times. Audi helps customers to save money regardless. Refuelling Stop is a new online service available for the A3 family that provides information about the cheapest prices at filling stations. Beginning in May, this service will be offered for all models with Audi connect.
The service consults an online database to list the cheapest filling stations at the current location, at the driver’s destination or at a freely selectable location. The driver can sort the overview list by price or distance. One click is all it takes to set the selected filling station as a navigation destination. The current A3 family even considers the type of fuel required.
Besides the A3 model lineup, Audi connect Refuelling Stop will also be available in the A1, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q3, Q5 and Q7 model families in the future. The service requires MMI Navigation plus and the optional online Bluetooth car phone or the Audi connect option in the A3 models.
Audi connect denotes all applications and developments that connect Audi models to their owner, the Internet, the infrastructure and other vehicles. The entire model lineup offers numerous web-based services. Refuelling Stop is not the only service that helps make driving more economical; so does online traffic information. The service displays real-time traffic conditions along the selected route and suggests appropriate detours when necessary.
With the launch of the sporty A3 Sedan late this summer, Audi will enter the world’s largest market segment – the class of compact sedans. The third model in the successful A3 model line impresses with ultra-lightweight excellence, strong and very efficient drivetrains, and a great many high-end infotainment and driver assistance systems. The top-of-the-line version is the S3 Sedan with 221 kW (300 hp).
Audi’s first notchback model in the premium compact class, the Audi A3 Sedan’s sporty character is dazzling. It all starts with a curb weight of just 1,250 kg (2,755.78 lb) for the four-door 1.4 TFSI with S tronic, thanks to Audi’s lightweight design mastery. Many of the components in the occupant cell are made of high-end hot-formed steel; the hood is aluminum. The low weight of the chassis and engines also sets new standards.
Some 4,460 mm in length (14.63 ft), the design of the Audi A3 Sedan combines classic notchback styling with the dynamics of a convertible. The flat roof line terminates at the C-pillar and merges seamlessly with the shoulder line. The tornado line is a prominent contour edge and the wheel arches are remarkably flared.
As with all Audi vehicles, the single-frame radiator grille is the primary design element up front. The bumpers, which terminate in striking horizontal contours, as well as large air inlets underscore the width of the A3 Sedan. Audi can optionally fit this new model with all-LED headlights, a marvel of engineering and a feast for the eyes alike. Taillights boasting light-emitting diodes are also available.
The roomy interior of this sporty four-door car is refined and straightforward. Its instrument panel is lean; the center console is slightly angled toward the driver. The large round air vents, the three-dimensional decorative inlays and the air conditioner’s elegant control panel evince the attention to detail that Audi devotes to every vehicle. As in all Audi models, controls are easy-to-use and self-explanatory. The 425-liter (15.01 cubic ft) luggage compartment can be extended by folding down the rear seat backs.
Three engines will initially be available for the Audi A3 Sedan: one TDI and two TFSI units. They respectively exhibit 1.4, 1.8 and 2.0 liters of displacement, and feature power outputs between 103 kW (140 hp) and 132 kW (180 hp). All three engines have been overhauled to combine robust power with astonishing fuel efficiency. A particular highlight for the 1.4 TFSI is the cylinder on demand (COD) system. At low loads, it temporarily shuts off two cylinders. Additional engines will be unveiled down the road, including a 2.0 TDI which will comply with the emission limits of the EU’s Euro 6 standard, and a 1.6 TDI.
Concerning the powertrain, the A3 Sedan is also best-in-class. Depending on the engine, a manual transmission or the S tronic is available. When combined with the Audi drive select dynamics system, the S tronic dual-clutch transmission boasts a free-wheeling function that further reduces fuel consumption. quattro permanent all-wheel drive will be made available before long.
The sporty personality of the Audi A3 Sedan can be traced in part to an optimized distribution of axle loads (59% to 41%, front to rear) and a sophisticated chassis. The MacPherson front suspension contains some aluminum components, while the four-link rear suspension handles longitudinal and lateral forces separately. A sensitive power-steering system features an electromechanical drive for high efficiency. Audi can also install progressive power steering, which varies the steering ratio. Electronic limited slip differential – an intelligent subsystem of electronic stabilization control (ESC) – makes handling even smoother and safer during fast cornering.
Upon request, Audi can fit the A3 Sedan with Audi drive select (standard with the Ambition line). It allows the driver to choose among several modes regarding engine management, power steering and the S tronic. In addition to Audi magnetic ride (electronically controlled shock absorbers), two sports suspensions are available. Wheels measure between 16 and 19 inches in diameter. 19-inch wheels are available only in conjunction with a sports suspension and Audi magnetic ride.
Audi offers its A3 Sedan customers a comprehensive range of infotainment modules; top-of-the-line options include a Bang & Olufsen sound system and MMI navigation plus. The latter’s ultra-sleek 7-inch screen extends electronically from the instrument panel. The user terminal has a turn/push control designed as a “touchwheel” with MMI touch – the touchwheel’s top surface is a touch-sensitive pad for inputting letters and numbers.
The Audi connect system ideally complements the MMI navigation plus. Audi connect will soon grant one-of-a-kind Internet access to A3 customers. Starting in November 2013, the fourth-generation (“4G”) mobile communications standard known as LTE (Long Term Evolution) will become a reality in the A3 Sedan. LTE already enables download rates as high as 100 Mbit/s in many places. This innovation demonstrates anew Audi’s superiority in automotive infotainment.
A3 Sedan passengers can use their mobile devices thanks to a WLAN hotspot integrated within Audi connect. The driver benefits from customized Internet services integral to Audi connect. Services range from navigation via Google Earth images and Google Street View through Audi online traffic information to Facebook and Twitter. A brand-new Audi connect service is the parking-space locator. This feature provides information on parking spaces, multi-level parking facilities and underground garages.
A broad assortment of assistance systems also bolsters the A3 Sedan. They range from adaptive cruise control to Audi side assist, Audi active lane assist, camera-based traffic sign recognition and the park-assist system with surround-view camera to the safety system Audi pre sense. The driver information system with rest recommendation is standard in the sporty and luxurious Ambition and Ambiente equipment lines; it is optional for the entry-level Attraction line.
Equipment lines also feature their own respective interior colors. The S line sports package for the Ambition line, for instance, bathes the interior entirely in black. Available upholstery materials include fabric covers, a mix of fabric and artificial leather, Milano leather and a combination of Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara. Individual options such as Audi adaptive light and a panoramic glass sunroof are taken directly from the luxury class. Remarkably, the Audi plant in Györ, Hungary was expanded solely to build the A3 Sedan. This new model will be available at German dealerships late this summer. The basic price will be 24,300 euros (A3 Sedan 1.4 TFSI with 90 kW [122 hp]).
Soon after the A3 Sedan reaches dealerships, Audi will launch its top-of-the-line version: the Audi S3 Sedan. Its 2.0 TFSI will produce 221 kW (300 hp) and 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) of torque. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) takes just 4.9 seconds with the six-speed S tronic (5.3 seconds with the manual transmission). Speed is electronically capped at 250 km/h (155.34 mph). Its four-cylinder turbocharged engine averages just 6.9 liters of fuel per 100 km with the S tronic (34.09 US mpg).
An electronically controlled, hydraulic multi-plate clutch constitutes the heart of the quattro drivetrain in the S3 Sedan. The suspension lowers the body by 25 millimeters (0.98 in). Large brakes are mounted behind the 18-inch wheels. 19-inch wheels are available in conjunction with Audi magnetic ride. Progressive steering is standard for the S3 Sedan.