The Audi A3 is already famed for offering the finish and feel of an executive car, and as if to emphasise the point, it now has the boot to complete the impression. The new A3 Saloon range will be available for order this summer, closely followed by the 300HP, quattro all-wheel-drive S3 Saloon.
The first ever booted A3 begins the Vorsprung durch Technik brand’s foray into the world’s largest market segment. In 2012 28% of Irish cars sold were saloons, making it the largest segment in Ireland also and its showcases the leadership of the brand.
Audi A3 Saloon
The A3 Saloon slickly integrates more seats-up load space than the A3 Sportback, with similar ample passenger accommodation and performance, the latter helped by ‘Audi ultra’ lightweight construction processes that trim weight to as little as 1,205kg. Prices will be confirmed before ordering opens at the end of the summer.
Its design is a cross between the classic three-box concept and the coupé philosophy. The “tornado line” design element forms a distinct light-refracting edge that runs over the entire side.
Audi S3 Saloon
Just a few months after the launch of the new saloon model series, Audi will introduce the top model – the S3 Saloon. The 2.0 TFSI produces 300HP and 380 Nm of torque. Its high-performance four-cylinder engine combines highly advanced efficiency technologies – dual fuel injection, exhaust manifold integrated in the cylinder head, the Audi valvelift system and a rotary valve module for thermal management.
The suspension lowers the body 25 mm. Large brakes are at work behind the standard 18-inch-wheels; the front discs are 340 mm in diameter. The electrically assisted progressive steering varies the steering gear ratio – it is somewhat more indirect in the middle position, but very direct when large turns of the steering wheel are made. The Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system is standard, and the Audi magnetic ride damper control system is available as an option.