The Audi e-tron family is a series of electric and hybrid concept cars shown by Audi from 2009 onwards. The Germans will present a new 201bhp petrol-electric hybrid powered version of its third-generation Audi A3 at the Geneva motor show in early March.
At the heart of the familiar looking car there is a modified version of EA211 engine. The 1.4-litre TFSI four-cylinder direct-injection engine delivers 150 HP (110 kW) and operates in combination with an electric motor mounted in the front of the new car’s six-speed dual clutch gearbox, where it develops up to 102 HP (75 kW). The combination of these two power units stands at 204 HP (150 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque.
Audi has yet to provide details to the A3 e-tron’s battery pack, charge time or kerb weight, but official claims put its 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) run in 7.6 seconds and it is able to reach a top speed of 138 mph (222 km/h). In electric mode the new Audi reaches a claimed top speed of 81 mph (130 km/h) and possesses a maximum range of 31 miles(50 km). The car has a fuel consumption of 1.5 liters / 100 km (156.8 mpg US or 188.3 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 35 g/km.
The new drivetrain is capable of running in three different modes – only in petrol mode, only in electric mode or in hybrid mode, which sees both power sources pool their reserves for added performance. Audi is yet to confirm whether the A3 e-tron will see large scale production.
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