Audi unveiled an attractive technical study – the Audi A3 Concept – at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
Packing a 408-horsepower 5-cylinder engine and a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox, this A3 sedan has more in common with the fearsome Audi Quattros of yesterday than the compact hatchback of this decade.
The A3 concept is 4.44m long, 1.84m wide and 1.39m tall, so it’s 15cm longer, 7cm wider and 3cm lower than the current second-generation five-door A3 hatchback. The A3 concept also has aluminium body panels (for the doors, bonnet and bootlid), so it tips the scales at 1540kg.
The design represents the typical Audi language of sporty elegance. The single-frame grille is integrated into the front end, giving it a sculptured look. Its frame is made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), and the transversely mounted, three-dimensional aluminum louvers create a visual effect that emphasizes the showcar’s width. The headlights merge with the beveled upper corners of the single-frame, forming a transition that marks the starting point of the prominently accentuated lines of the engine hood.
Under the bonnet? Anything special?
The A3 concept has a five-cylinder engine under the hood that combines the Audi technologies of turbocharging and FSI gasoline direction injection. It develops a hefty 300 kW (408 hp) from a displacement of 2.5 liters. Its peak torque of 500 Nm (368.78 lb-ft) is available over a broad rev range between 1,600 and 5,300 rpm.
In terms of fuel consumption, the four-seater requires just 9.1 liters of fuel per 100 km (25.85 US mpg) and emits 212 grams CO2 per km (341.18 g/mile).
The A3 concept comes with 20-inch light-alloy rims in five twin-spoke design, and that are made of CFRP and aluminum.