Audi study picks up the Golden Classic Steering
With its win in the reader poll “Classic of the Future 2011,” the Audi A3 concept study is moving into the fast lane even before the production start of a four-door A3 notchback sedan.
This was the second time that the trade journal presented the readers’ award “The Golden Classic Steering Wheel.” The majority of the over 27,000 participating readers of the magazine “Autobild Klassik” chose the Audi study as the compact car with the greatest potential for becoming a genuine classic in the future. Stefan Sielaff, Head of Design at AUDI AG, thanked the readers and editorial team of “Autobild Klassik” and accepted the award at a festive ceremony in Stuttgart.
As about the actual concept, power for the quattro all-wheel-drive Audi A3 Concept comes from a 2.5L 5-cylinder turbocharged FSI gasoline engine making 408-hp and a peak torque of 368 lb-ft. Mated to a 7-speed S tronic automatic transmission, the Audi A3 Concept jets from 0 to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds with an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph.
The next A3 will be lighter than the current model, and it will be available with a vast array of nanny systems, including radar-based cruise control, parking assist, and traffic-sign recognition, although, as usual, not all of them will make it to the States.