Most of you know and love the Volkswagen Golf GTI, so here’s it’s more luxurious sibling based on the same chassis. Euromobil Sdn Bhd launched the new 2006 Audi A3 Sportback in Malaysia at the Audi Roadshow at KLCC on the 18th of August 2006. We get the normally aspirated 2.0 FSI and the turbocharged 2.0 TFSI variants of this hot hatch, somehow missing the 3.2 V6. Let’s check out what this luxury hot hatch has.
The Audi A3 Sportback is the 5-door version of the 3-door Audi A3, and shares alot with the Volkswagen Golf, not just it’s chassis but also it’s engine line-up. This one has added caviar. This is Audi’s smallest sedan car, the smallest Audi is the Audi TT. Of course, you have Audi’s trademark trapezoidal grille at the front.
The 2.0 DOHC FSI engine uses gasoline direct injection, which ensures the leanest air-fuel mixture possible. This translates to good fuel consumption when driven frugally due to it’s efficiency of using fuel. Other features include a mass balancing shaft and a variable intake manifold. The 2.0 FSI makes 150hp at 6,000rpm and 200Nm of torque at just 3,000rpm. It comes with a 6-speed slushbox with Tiptronic functions, top speed is 209km/h and 0-100km/h acceleration takes 9.7 seconds. Hardly breathtaking, but you can’t expect much from 200Nm of torque pushing a car weighing more than 1,500kg.
If you fancy somemore G-force, opt for the Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TFSI, which also has an S-Tronic option. S-Tronic is basically Audi’s name for the revolutionary dual-clutch gearbox known as DSG in Volkswagen cars. The 2.0 TFSI combines gasoline direct injection and turbocharging for the first time in the world for a production engine. Peak power output is 200hp, but what’s nice is a massive 280Nm of torque available across the rev ranges of 1,800rpm to 5,000rpm. The 0-100km/h sprint takes 6.9 seconds, and top speed is 236km/h. Now we’re talking! There is also an option for Audi’s trademark Quattro all-wheel drive. This is something not available on the Golf GTI. However it doesn’t look like Euromobil is selling the Quattro-equipped A3 here.
The accelerator pedal is bottom hinged, much like the new Honda Civic’s. Steering is electromechanical with speed-variable assistance. Safety features include ESP stability control, full size front airbags for the driver and passenger, and side airbags integrated into the seats. When you’re not on the track, the boot offers 370 litres of storage space which increases to 1120 litres when you fold the 60:40 split rear seats down.
Multi-spoke 16 inch wheels on the normally aspirated model. The turbo A3 has 5-spoke wheels, shown in the first photo of this article.
The Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 FSI comes with 16 inch wheels wrapped with 205/55/R16 tyres while the more powerful Audi A3 2.0 TFSI has 17 inch wheels wrapped with 225/45/ZR17 tyres. The Audi A3 2.0 Sportback TFSI has a sportier interior, using a 3-spoke leather wrapped steering with paddle shifts for the S-Tronic manual shift functions instead of the A3 2.0 FSI’s 4-spoke steering. The A3 2.0 TFSI also has bi-xenon HID lamps instead of the halogen lamps on the 2.0 FSI. The suspension on the turbocharged model is also sportier than it’s normally aspirated sibling.
With all the extra goodies on the Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TFSI, it doesn’t cost that much more over the A3 Sportback 2.0 FSI – only RM255,000 compared to RM225,000 for the latter. If I could afford it, I would pay the extra RM30,000 for the award winning TFSI engine as well as the excellent DSG under the guise of S-Tronic.
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