Audi Reinvents The Premium Compact HatchbackWhich Created A Totally New Sector
Acknowledged as the first car to bring premium brand qualities to the compact hatchback sector, the Audi A3 is reinvented this year as an even more spacious, refined, responsive and meticulously built act to follow for the class it created back in 1996. The all-new Audi A3 goes on sale in the UK on June 12th 2003.
- All-new Audi A3 hatchback on sale in the UK on June 12th, 2003
- 2.0 FSI petrol (150PS) and 2.0-litre TDI (140PS) in the initial
launch phase, 3.2 V6 petrol (250PS) to follow in November 2003
- OTR prices range from £15,190 to £23,665
- Front-wheel-drive and quattro permanent four-wheel-drive
- Revolutionary Dynamic Shift Gearbox (DSG) for 3.2 and 2.0 TDI
versions, new six-speed Tiptronic also available
- Wheel-base 65mm longer, body 30mm wider, giving improved cabin
- McPherson strut front and new four-link rear suspension for
maximum agility and ride refinement
- New electro-mechanical steering system
A completely new body shell which is 30mm wider than its predecessor,
and ever inch as timelessly styled, gives the latest Audi A3 considerably
more interior space, helped by a wheel-base which has been extended
by 65 millimetres. The newcomer has also grown up mechanically, thanks
to a wide variety of new or improved EU4 compliant petrol and TDI
engines, revolutionary new transmission options, revised front and
all-new independent rear suspension and new electro-mechanical power
Published : 16/06/03 Author : Melanie Carter
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