A new Sport option package is now available for three and five-door versions of the perennially popular A3 hatchback, replacing the original Sport specification offered since launch. The package can be allied to all petrol and TDI models (with the exception of the S3 quattro), and includes:
- 7J x 17-inch '9 spoke' alloy wheels with 225/45 R 17 tyres
- Concert II radio with single front loading CD player
- Driver’s Information System (DIS)
- Grey sports dials in the instrument cluster
- Front sport seats upholstered in half leather and Sprint fabric with electric lumbar support adjustment
Sports suspension is fitted to 1.6 and 1.9 TDI (100) models, and a further lowered version of this set-up is combined with a widened track for 1.8, 1.9 TDI (130), 1.8 T and 1.8 T quattro/1.9 TDI quattro models.
These extras amount to an added value of approximately £2,000. Despite this, 1.6, 1.8, 1.9TDI (100) and 1.9TDI (130) models show a list price saving of £350. As a result of the new specification these models will now not have an electric sunroof fitted as standard, but this remains an optional extra at £801.
OTR prices for the new A3 Sport models range from £15,590 for the A3 1.6 Sport three-door to £21,565 for the A3 1.8 T quattro Sport five-door.
The Audi A4
The race-developed FSI petrol engine technology first seen in the A2 compact is also now available for A4 saloon and Avant models. The new combustion system brings lower exhaust emissions, improved fuel economy and increased power and torque compared with an equivalent, conventionally injected engine.
The new Audi A4 2.0 FSI can be ordered now for £19,565 OTR in saloon form or £20,695 OTR as an Avant. Positioned between the continuing 130bhp 2.0 model and the revised 163bhp 1.8 T, the newcomer strikes an even finer balance between performance, fuel economy and emissions than both of the above. The traditional rules dictating that an increase in power must go hand-in-hand with a downturn in economy, or vice versa, do not apply here.
With 150bhp and 200Nm of torque, the FSI saloon can reach 62mph from rest in 9.6 seconds and continue to a 135mph maximum speed, yet at the same time is capable of covering just under 40 miles per gallon of petrol (combined cycle).
In the interest of the environment, and UK company car drivers, the control of emissions has been considered just as carefully in the design of this engine as the optimisation of power and fuel consumption. An under-bonnet three-way converter behind the manifold and a NOx storage-type converter under the floor-pan help to achieve an impressively low CO2 output of 170g/km (A4 2.0 190g/km).
For the best possible engine efficiency, and therefore lowest fuel consumption, ultra- low sulphur or sulphur-free fuel is recommended for use in Audi FSI-powered models. However, the new engines are also designed to run on 98RON super unleaded or 95RON unleaded with virtually no losses in performance or economy.More power for 1.8 T and 2.5 TDI engines
The power outputs of the 1.8 T petrol and 2.5 TDI engines in the A4 saloon and Avant range have been increased to 163bhp in both cases, up from 150bhp in the original 1.8 T and 155bhp in the outgoing 2.5 TDI.
Prices for the A4 saloon and Avant line-up have not changed as a result, and range from £17,690 OTR for the A4 1.6 saloon to to £26,020 OTR for the A4 Avant 3.0 quattro.
New TDI Version announced - The Audi A4 Cabriolet
The new A4 Cabriolet 2.5 TDI opened for UK ordering in standard and Sport forms on August 16th, with on the road prices of £26,385 and £27,135 respectively. First deliveries are expected early in 2003.
The only convertible diesel model available in Britain will be powered by a recently revised, 163bhp version of the turbo-charged, 2.5-litre six-cylinder engine (previously 155bhp). In six-speed manual form it will be capable of accelerating to 62mph from rest in 9.9 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 140mph and covering just over 39mpg (combined cycle), while emitting an impressively low 194g/km of CO2 (2.4 V6 235g/km).
Such is the demand for the petrol-powered 2.4 V6 and 3.0 V6 versions of the A4 Cabriolet that the original UK allocation for 2002 was sold long before the car’s July 1st on sale date. To reduce the delivery lead times for cars ordered now (depending on specification), Audi UK has managed to secure extra right-hand-drive production capacity for this year.
The Audi TT Coupé and Roadster quattro
From the 180bhp Coupé to the 225bhp Roadster, all of the exclusively four-wheel-driven Audi TT models are now equipped with larger 18-inch, nine spoke alloy wheels with 225/40 ZR18 tyres and sports suspension which has been lowered further compared with the original car. New titanium headlamp surrounds also embellish the unmistakable TT front view in 225bhp Coupé and Roadster models.
In addition, the range of standard metallic and pearl effect paints which were originally available at extra cost are now free of charge, while the special order colours Avus Silver and Misano Red have been reduced to £445. Other special order colours remain at their original price of £1,030.
Inside, two new special order colours - silver and red - are now available for the standard leather upholstery at an extra cost of £275.
On the road prices for the 2002 model year Audi TT quattro range start at £24,100 for the 180bhp Coupé, rising to £29,050 for the 225bhp Roadster.
The 2002 Audi A6/S6 quattro/RS 6 quattro
Recent changes to the extensive range of A6 saloon and Avant models include the addition of a new 163bhp version of the 2.5 V6 TDI engine (as fitted to the A4), the introduction of a revised Sport specification package and the arrival of the first right-hand-drive versions of the potent RS 6 quattro saloon and Avant.
The updated 2.5 TDI engine delivers 163bhp (previously 155bhp) and an impressive 310Nm of torque from just 1,400rpm, enabling a 0-62mph time of 9.3 seconds (Avant 9.5 seconds), a top speed of 137mph and combined fuel consumption of 40.9mpg. CO2 output is an impressively low 186g/km for both saloon and Avant, benefitting business users.
New Sport specification Following a number of cosmetic changes, Sport versions of the Audi A6 saloon and Avant now make a stronger visual impact to emphasise their more dynamic bias.
All four and six-cylinder A6 Sport models are given a more purposeful look by new 17-inch, nine-spoke alloy wheels (except 4.2 quattro versions), and revisions to the suspension which lower it by an additional 20mm compared with the existing Sport set-up (except 2.0 and Avant 4.2 quattro models). Body-coloured bumpers and sills are also unique to the Sport specification.
Inside, the theme is continued by sports front seats with electric lumbar support adjustment and a sports steering wheel (now with steering wheel-mounted tiptronic gear shift controls in the 4.2 quattro) and gear knob.
Most Sport models carry a premium of £1,000 over their standard counterparts, with the exception of the 3.0 quattro, 2.7 T quattro and 2.5 TDI quattro Sport, which add £900.
S6 quattro now even more imposing The latest S6 quattro now features new 18-inch, nine-spoke alloy wheels with 255/35 ZR 18 tyres which give more of a clue to its exceptional performance potential. 17-inch Avus alloy wheels were originally fitted, and remain available as a no-cost option.
Powered by a 4.2-litre V8 engine with 340bhp, the S6 quattro can accelerate to 62mph in 6.7 seconds and continue, where permissible, to an electronically governed 155mph maximum speed.
On the road prices for the A6 now range from £20,500 for the A6 2.0 to £47,520 for the S6 Avant quattro.
New Audi RS 6 quattro touches down in Britain
At the very top of the accomplished, 26 model A6 range are the world’s most rapid production saloon and estate models – the Audi RS 6 quattro and RS 6 Avant quattro. Underplaying their super-car rivalling performance and exceptional, all-encompassing specification, the remarkable pair will cost £57,700 OTR and £58,800 OTR respectively.
Powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.2-litre V8 petrol engine with 450bhp, refined by a new adaptive Dynamic Ride Control system and safely contained by quattro four-wheel-drive, the new Audi RS 6 quattro will combine rapidity with responsibility. The 0-62mph sprint can be covered in just 4.7 seconds, and 124mph can be achieved in an even more impressive 17.6 seconds (Avant 17.8 seconds). Top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.
The only high performance saloon and estate models in their class to offer the major safety advantage of quattro four-wheel-drive have entered new realms of ride comfort and handling composure thanks to Dynamic Ride Control. The electronically governed, mechanical damping system monitors road conditions and cornering forces and continually adjusts the suspension characteristics to maintain exceptional balance in all situations, whilst maintaining a supple ride.
The Audi RS 6 quattro will not be supply capped and production will be increased if demand proves to be greater than anticipated following the September on-sale date.
The Audi allroad quattro - New V8 power
Currently powered by either the 180bhp 2.5 TDI V6 engine or the 250bhp, 2.7-litre V6 biturbo, the allroad quattro will also be available early in 2003 with a development of the 4.2-litre V8 engine delivering 300bhp. This will enable it to accelerate to 62mph from rest in 7.2 seconds and reach a 149mph maximum speed.
Equipped with all the key features of a serious off-roader, the allroad quattro offers an impressive maximum ground clearance of 208mm, as well as a choice of three transmission systems including, uniquely in this class, low ratio for optimum control over rough terrain.
New colour schemes for 2002
18 new special order colours are now available for the allroad quattro, ranging from Amulet Red to the vivid Nogaro Blue used with dramatic effect in the S4 quattro and RS 4 quattro. All will be available at an extra cost of £1,000.
The Audi allroad quattro costs £29,415 OTR in 2.5 TDI (180bhp) form and £33,080 OTR with the 2.7 T biturbo engine.Published 19 August 2002