Audi announces new TDI engine for A3

Audi has made available a more powerful version of 2.0-litre TDI engine that has lowest-in-class CO2 that has been launched in the A3 model range.

The new 2.0 TDI 184PS engine is now available in addition to the original 150PS version in A3 and A3 Sportback models. A saloon version is to follow next year.

The sophistication of Audi TDI technology has been accelerated by its key role in Le Mans, and the benefits in terms of power, response and efficiency have resulted in the development of the updated TDI engine.

Initially available for three-door A3 and five-door A3 Sportback models, but also due in the all-new A3 Saloon during 2014, the new unit delivers 184PS and a 380Nm torque peak between 1,750 and 3,250rpm, and supplements the 150PS version which has been available since launch.

The six-speed manual A3 2.0 TDI 184PS can complete the 0-62mph sprint in 7.3 seconds and continue to a 145mph top speed, while at the same time returning up to 68.9mpg in the combined cycle test, and emitting 108g/km of CO2, less than all comparable premium sector competitors.

The fact that this advanced unit already complies with more stringent EU6 emissions regulations applicable from 2014 demonstrates its efficiency.

It is also notable as the first diesel unit in the UK line-up to be offered in conjunction with either front-wheel-drive or quattro all-wheel-drive. Front-wheel-drive versions are equipped as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, and quattro variants with the six-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission.

On the road pricing ranges from £24,375 to £30,055, and is available to order now ahead of first deliveries due in September.

John Ironmonger

Author:John Ironmonger
Date Updated:6th Aug 2013

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