Audi has introduced the A3 1.4 TFSI Cylinder-on-Demand (CoD) range priced from £20,055 for the 1.4 TFSI 140PS SE (manual).
Like the Cylinder-on-Demand A1 models, the Audi A3 CoD models seamless switch between two cylinder and four cylinders in order to minimise fuel consumption; with up to 60.1 mpg (3-door model) on the combined cycle for the 1.4 140PS petrol engine. The 140PS unit is capable of 0-62 mph in 8.3 seconds with a top speed of 132 mph when coupled to the manual gear box in the 3-door guise, the 5-door Sportback takes 8.4 seconds and returns 58.9 mpg.
Initially all versions of the A3 and A3 Sportback will come with a six-speed manual gearbox with the seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch option being available later in the year.
The Cylinder-on-Demand technology works using information from the throttle pedal sensors, it determines how the driver is driving, and if it detects an irregular pattern, for instance over a series of roundabouts or on a twisting A-road, it inhibits cylinder deactivation because here it would generally only be of short duration and wouldn't save any fuel. Two-cylinder operation is also disengaged if the driver brakes, enabling all four cylinders to support braking when coasting, and if the car is travelling downhill.
A3 1.4 TFSI 140PS CoD UK Prices
1.4 TFSI 140PS SE (manual) £20,055 OTR
1.4 TFSI 140PS Sport (manual) £21,280 OTR
1.4 TFSI 140PS S line (manual) £23,430 OTR
A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI 140PS CoD Prices
1.4 TFSI 140PS SE (manual) £20,675 OTR
1.4 TFSI 140PS Sport (manual) £21,900 OTR
1.4 TFSI 140PS S line (manual) £24,050 OTRPublished 15 March 2013