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New turbo power for Audi A3

2006-11-29 07:23

1.8 turbo power for popular A3

A new, ultra-modern four-cylinder FSI engine with a displacement of 1.8 litres and turbocharger can now be ordered for the Audi A3 and A3 Sportback.

The 1.8 TFSI signals the market debut of a new family of engines and combines the evolution of the TFSI concept with an entirely new basic engine.

The 1.8 TFSI engine will make its debut in South Africa in the A3 and A3 Sportback during the first quarter of 2007. Pricing will be announced at launch.

The TFSI concept brings together the advantages of petrol direct injection and turbo charging. This innovative technology paves the way for superior road performance and greater dynamism using less fuel and with reduced emissions. It has a power output of 118kW and high peak torque of 250 Nm.

Audi's engineers have demonstrated the effectiveness of FSI technology in combination with turbo charging not only on racetracks around the world, but also in the guise of the much-acclaimed 2.0 TFSI engine.

This concept has been systematically refined for the new 1.8 TFSI. The injection pressure, increased to 150 bar, and the new six-hole injectors guarantee highly homogeneous mixture preparation and extremely efficient combustion.

The integrated turbocharger and a new engine management system bring a further improvement in responsiveness and help the torque to build up even more smoothly. The peak torque of 250 Nm is available across a very wide engine speed range extending from just 1,500 rpm all the way to 4,200 rpm. The entirely new basic engine is designed with an eye to high refinement and low vibrations in particular. The 1.8 TFSI consequently redefines the standard in its class for output, torque and also acoustic behaviour. Its concept makes it suitable for a very broad performance range.

The new high-tech Audi engine is available initially in the A3 and A3 Sportback, both in combination with the six-speed manual gearbox and with the optional S tronic (DSG), the dual-clutch gearbox for lightning-fast gearshifts without any perceptible interruptions to the flow of power.

Top speed is 220 km/h and acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h in 7.8 seconds.

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