Review: Audi A3 Concept (2011)
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The A3 Concept was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. It combines four-door saloon practicality with 408PS five-cylinder FSI power giving 0-62mph in just 4.1 seconds. For the first time in its history... Read more
Audi A3 Concept (2011): At A Glance
Audi unveiled its A3 saloon concept at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011, a model which eventually became the MQB based Audi A3. That arrived in 2012 and, although the 2011 concept was a saloon, it came as a three-door hatchback a five-door Sportback and, in 2013 and 2014, sallon and cabriolet versions.
It's was easy to see the influence of the Audi A6 in the concept car with similar headlights, rear lights clusters and the trademark grille. This continues inside with the concept car getting the MMI multimedia system with the rotary control dial and the touch pad which allows the driver to ‘write’ navigation destinations and other commands using a fingertip.
In terms of 'infotainment as they like to call it, the A3 concept provideded full access to the Internet, allowing the car to access services from Google, and thanks to the WLAN hotspot, passengers can surf and send e-mail using their own computers. Holders for iPads are installed on the back of the front seat backrests.
The concept had a 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged FSI engine, the same one that powers the Audi TT RS, but power had been further boosted to 408bhp (compared to 340bhp in the TT RS) along with 500Nm of torque. It was fitted with a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic gearbox as standard which helps it accelerate from 0-62mph in just 4.1 seconds. Claimed average fuel economy is 31mpg while it emits 212g/km of CO2. (This version finally became reality in the RS3 400 saloon in 2016.)
The Audi drive select dynamic handling system appeared for the first time in an A3, giving the driver five modes with which to fine-tune engine characteristics, power steering feel and gear shift points for the seven-speed S tronic transmission. As well as the more familiar comfort, auto, dynamic and individual settings, the latest iteration of the system features an efficiency mode designed for maximum economy.
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