The four rings brand is one of the most famous in the world. Audi is a complex company having everything a successful car manufacturer needs. It creates SUVs, sedans, coupes and now, aligning with the trend, it also builds hybrid cars. The Audi e-tron family is a series of electric and hybrid concept cars shown by Audi from 2009 onwards. The Germans have presented a new 201 bhp petrol-electric hybrid powered version of its third-generation Audi A3 at the Geneva motor show in early March.
The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is powered by a 1.4-liter TFSI engine capable of generating 150 HP (110 kW) and a 102 HP (75 kW) electric motor which provides a combined output of 204 HP (150 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm). These are linked to the front axle via a six-speed e-S tronic double-clutch gearbox. This configuration will allow the vehicle to reach the 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.6 seconds. The possible maximum speed the car can reach is of 138 mph (222 km/h). The A3 Sportback e-tron can return 156.8 mpg US (188.3 mpg UK or 1.5 liters / 100 km) having only 35 g/km of CO2 emissions.
The new drivetrain of Audi A3 e-tron 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. The electric mode is enough for 31 miles (50 km/h) and the car can reach a peak speed of 81 mph (130 km/h). Summing up the three modes, the range goes up to about 553 miles (890 km). The A3 e-tron will go on sale starting 2014 and will have a starting price of 38,000 EUR.
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