S3 '02

The Audi A3 is a small family car produced by the German automaker Audi since 1996. Two generations of A3 exist, both based on the Volkswagen Group A platform, which they share with several other models such as the Audi TT, Volkswagen Golf, Caddy and Touran as well as SEAT León, SEAT Toledo and Škoda Octavia.

In the 2003 Geneva Motor Show, Audi launched the second-generation of the A3, the Typ 8P, designed by Walter de'Silva. Originally launched only as a three-door hatchback with four cylinder engines, it featured a new automobile platform (the PQ35 platform), a redesigned and more spacious interior, new gasoline engines with Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI), and standard six-speed manual gearboxes (except on the base 1.6).

In mid 2003, the line was updated with two sports-orientated models, a 2.0 Turbo-FSI version rated 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp), and a 3.2 VR6 engine (for the first time) with 250 PS (184 kW; 247 hp). Haldex Traction-based quattro on-demand four wheel drive, and the S-Tronic semi-auto gearbox were introduced as options (quattro is standard on the VR6) on every model with engine over 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp).

Body styles

Chassis codes
8P1
8PA
8P?
Body type
3-door hatchback
5-door Sportback
Cabriolet
Years
2003-
2004-
2008-

The five-door A3 Sportback model was introduced in June 2004. The A3 Sportback is 80 mm (3 in) longer than the base three-door body, and includes improved rear cabin space and a larger luggage compartment (370 litres). It also received the new "single frame" front grille originally introduced in the A8 W12, which was later adopted across the whole A3 range.

North American launch

In 2005, the "S line" trim level, with new sporty decorative elements, became available in certain models, and the 3-door received the same frontend as the Sportback. For the first time, the A3 became available in the North American market, exclusively with the Sportback body, with the base 2.0 straight-4 TFSI introduced in 2005 as a 2006 model, and the 3.2 VR6 quattro following in 2006.

2008 revisions

In 2008, Audi introduced a number of changes to the A3 and S3. These include revised nose and tail styling, with a modified grille and the new "trademark" daytime running lights, common rail 2.0 TDI engines, 7-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission availability for the smaller non-U.S. engines, and optional "magnetic ride" adaptive shock absorbers. In addition, the range now includes an S3 Sportback model.

Audi S3 (2006-)

In August 2006, Audi announced the arrival of the S3. The 2.0 TFSI engine was rated 265 PS (195 kW; 261 hp), and is available with standard quattro and a 6-speed manual transmission. It is to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds. The springs and dampers were tuned for a harder setting, and ride height lowered by 25 mm (1 in). 225/40 ZR18 tires are standard.

Audi A3 2.0 TDI clean diesel (2010-)

The A3 2.0 TDI clean diesel is a version of Audi's A3 2.0 TDI for the North American market, making it the second Audi TDI vehicle sold in North America, following the Audi Q7 TDI in 2008.

It is a FWD vehicle with S-tronic transmission with Hill-hold assist, Sirius satellite radio, Leather seats and steering wheel, Auxiliary audio input, Dual-zone climate control, 17 in (431.8 mm) alloy wheels.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2009 at the North American International Auto Show. This US model would begin sale in the first quarter of 2010 as a 2010 model year vehicle.

Engines

The engines used are the same as for many other cars in the Volkswagen Group.

Model Engine displacement Engine type Engine code Power@rpm Torque@rpm Years
Gasoline engines
1.2 TFSI 1,197 cc (73 cu in) I4 DOHC 16V FSI turbo CAXC 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) @5000 175 N·m (129 lb·ft) @1550-4100 2010–present
1.4 TFSI 1,390 cc (85 cu in) I4 DOHC 16V FSI turbo CAXC 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) @5000 200 N·m (148 lb·ft) @1500-4000 2007–present
1.6 1,595 cc (97 cu in) I4 SOHC 8V BGU / BSE / BSF / CCS 102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp) @5600 148 N·m (109 lb·ft) @3800 2003–2010
1.6 FSI 1,598 cc (98 cu in) I4 DOHC 16V FSI BAG / BLF / BLP 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) @6000 155 N·m (114 lb·ft) @4000 2003–2007
1.8 TFSI 1,798 cc (110 cu in) I4 DOHC 16V FSI turbo BYT / BZB 160 PS (118 kW; 158 hp) @5000-6200 250 N·m (184 lb·ft) @1500-4200 2007–2008
CDAA 160 PS (118 kW; 158 hp) @4500-6200 250 N·m (184 lb·ft) @1500-4500 2009–present
2.0 FSI 1,984 cc (121 cu in) I4 DOHC 16V FSI AXW / BLR / BLX / BLY
BVY / BVX / BVZ
150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) @6000 200 N·m (148 lb·ft) @3250–4250 2003–2007
2.0 TFSI I4 DOHC 16V FSI turbo AXX / BPY / BWA / CAWB 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) @5100–6000 280 N·m (207 lb·ft) @1800–5000 2004–2008
CCZA 280 N·m (207 lb·ft) @1700–5000 2009-
BHZ / CDLA 265 PS (195 kW; 261 hp) @6000 350 N·m (258 lb·ft) @2500–5000 2006–present
3.2 FSI 3,189 cc (195 cu in) VR6 DOHC 24V FSI AXZ / BDB / BMJ / BUB 250 PS (184 kW; 247 hp) @6300 320 N·m (236 lb·ft) @2500–3000 2003–2009
AXZ?(Canada) 320 N·m (236 lb·ft) @2800–3200 2003–2009
Diesel engines
1.6 TDI 1,598 cc (98 cu in) I4 DOHC 16V common rail turbo
with DPF
CAYB 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) @4200 230 N·m (170 lb·ft) @1500-2500 2009–present
CAYA 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) @4400 250 N·m (184 lb·ft) @1500-2500 2009–present
1.9 TDI 1,896 cc (116 cu in) I4 SOHC 8V TDI
with unit injectors
BJB / BKC / BXE / BLS 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) @4000 250 N·m (184 lb·ft) @1900 2003–2009
2.0 TDI 1,968 cc (120 cu in) I4 DOHC 16V turbo
with unit injectors
BKD 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) @4000 320 N·m (236 lb·ft) @1750–2500 2003–2008
I4 DOHC 16V turbo
with unit injectors and DPF
BMM 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) @4000 320 N·m (236 lb·ft) @1750–2500 2006–2008
I4 DOHC 16V turbo
with unit injectors and DPF
BMN 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) @4200 350 N·m (258 lb·ft) @1750–2500 2006–2008
I4 DOHC 16V common rail turbo
with DPF
CBAB 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) @4200 320 N·m (236 lb·ft) @1750–2500 2008–present
CBBB 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) @4200 350 N·m (258 lb·ft) @1750–2500 2008–present
I4 DOHC 16V common rail turbo
with piezo element injectors and DPF
CBEA 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) @4200 320 N·m (236 lb·ft) @1750–2500 2010–present

In April 2006, the line-up was expanded with the introduction of a more powerful 2.0 TDI with 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp).

In January 2007, the normally aspirated (non-turbo) 2.0 FSI was replaced by a new turbocharged 1.8 TFSI engine rated 160 PS (118 kW; 158 hp). It is available in front-wheel drive only.

In late 2007, Audi introduced a new 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) 1.4L TFSI engine for the A3, replacing the 1.6 FSI engine, and a new diesel "e"-model. The "e"-model, Audi's equivalent of Volkswagen's BlueMotion, is available with the 1.9L TDI engine, and offers a more ecological car, with a CO2 emission below 120 g/km.

In June 2009, Audi announced the release of two models of A3 1.6 TDI for European market. The first uses Audi's start/stop and energy recovery system, and will produce 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp). This engine will achieve approximately 4.1 L/100 km (69 mpg-imp; 57 mpg-US). The second engine does not use the same efficiency systems and will produce 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) will get 4.5 L/100 km (63 mpg-imp; 52 mpg-US). They went on sale in June 2009.

In August 2009, Audi announced that the 1.6 8-valve petrol engine would be replaced by a turbocharged 1.2 TFSI engine already found in VW's Polo and Golf models. This engine is rated at 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) and 175 N·m (129 lb·ft), emitting 127 g/km of CO2. As of April 2010, Audi has yet to release official specifications or prices for the 1.2 TSI model, as the 1.6 model has been made a special clearance model for clearing out 1.6 stock.

 

 

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