|Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra. Click to enlarge.|
Audi unveiled its most fuel-efficient production model, the A3 1.6 TDI ultra. With 81 kW (110 hp) of power output, the Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra consumes 3.2 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (73.50 US mpg). This equates to 85 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometer (137 g/mile).
This latest A3 is not only the most efficient Audi, it is also the brand’s first model designated as “ultra”. The ultra designation expresses Audi’s commitment to systematic sustainability concerning production and products. Along with Audi’s e-tron plug-in hybrid models and g-tron models powered by natural gas, ultra vehicles will constitute a third category in the brand’s portfolio of cars offering sustainable, everyday mobility.
The car has a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph) and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.5 seconds. The 50-liter (13.21 US gallons) fuel tank facilitates trips in excess of 1,500 kilometers (932.06 miles).
Available as a three-door compact or a five-door Sportback, the A3 1.6 TDI ultra weighs 1,205 kilograms (2,657 lb). Aerodynamics were enhanced not only by the S line side sills, but also by lowering the A3 ultra’s body by 15 millimeters (0.59 in). 205/55 R16 tires with optimized rolling resistance as well as a longer final drive ratio further improve the efficiency of the A3 1.6 TDI ultra. Among the optimizations to the engine is a higher injection pressure (2,000 bar).
The Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra is now on sale in Germany, with delivery starting in September. Base price in Germany will be €25,200 (US$33,453).
In coming months, Audi will unveil ultra versions in other model lines featuring TDI and TFSI engines. Like the Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra, they too will focus on reducing fuel consumption and emissions.