Audi is well known for luxury, technology, and quality. Now they announce that they have incorporated all of that into the new Audi A3 e-tron. The regular Audi A3 sportback is quit the car, fun to drive, roomy, and very practical, so now by added a bit of technology they have only improved on a good thing.
So the A3 e-tron gets a heaping helping of hybrid technology. It’s 1.4L TFSI engine gets reworked heavily so that it will work in conjunction with a 75 KW electric motor. The result of all of this is a 204hp and 257lb-ft of torque channeled through a six speed e-Stronic gear box.
There is some serous trickery going on under the hood as the driver can select which engine powers the car, or a mix of both. In the mixed setting the car will get an amazing 156mpg. Let me repeat that, the Audi A3 e-tron gets 156 mpg. On the electric motor alone the car can run for 31 minutes and go 80mph. When performance is needed the car can go 0-60 in 7.6 seconds, which isn’t impressive by any count but isn’t too bad for a heavy hybrid.
Here’s the bummer. The car is not for sale. Audi says this is just a test bed for the technology and it will be some time before this makes it to production. Either way, it’s much more exciting then a Prius and I hope we do see this technology soon.