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  Audi A3 3.2 Quattro

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced from:2003 - 2009
Introduced at:2003 Frankfurt Motor Show
Internal name:Typ 8P
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionDynamism, design and exclusivity: the second generation of the Audi A3, the premium sports hatchback in the compact class, is even sharper than its predecessor. With powerful four and six-cylinder engines developing up to 250 bhp, quattro drive, the new Direct Shift Gearbox DSG (depending on version) and highly dynamic running gear, it offers all the driving pleasure suggested by the sporty lines of its body. The equipment and materials used once again reach the exclusive standard in the compact class that is also typical of the larger models in the Audi range.

Sporty and clean - an apt description of the range of engines and transmissions for the Audi A3. All engines comply with the EU 4 emission standard which means a major tax benefit for owners with cars registered in Germany. Depending on engine version, customers can choose between a five-speed or six-speed manual gearbox, a six-speed tiptronic and - for the most powerful petrol and TDI versions - the Direct Shift Gearbox DSG. This pioneering form of power transmission - inspired by motor racing technology - permits lightning-fast gear changes without any interruption to the flow of power from the engine thanks to its electro-hydraulic twin clutch, and thus sheer driving pleasure in true sports car style. quattro permanent four-wheel drive remains unparalleled in the premium compact class, serving to translate the performance of the most powerful versions of the A3 into supreme driving force on the road. Audi quattro drive therefore provides the basis for outstanding dynamic handling and active driving safety.

The 3.2-litre V6 engine with four valves per cylinder is the crowning highlight of the sportiest A3 ever. With a supreme development of torque and power, it delivers 250 bhp and a broad peak-torque range with a maximum value of 320 Nm from 2500 to 3000 rpm. Clearly, this is just perfect for powerful pulling force at all speeds as well as fast, nimble acceleration - regardless of whether the driver opts for a six-speed manual gearbox or the new, sporty Direct Shift Gearbox DSG. The legendary quattro permanent four-wheel drive is obligatory. With its cylinder angle of 15 degrees, the V6 is extremely compact - a basic requirement for installation transversely to the direction of travel. The valve control process generates only little friction thanks to the use of roller cam followers with hydraulic adjustment. In order to reduce emissions and further improve efficiency, the inlet and exhaust camshafts are continuously adjustable.

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