The plug-in hybrid Audi A3 E-tron is headed to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Featuring a total of 204 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, the A3 E-tron is, according to the automaker, a true Audi, sprinting from 0-110 km/h in 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 222 km/h. The E-tron uses a 1.4 litre turbocharged engine and a 75 kW electric motor positioned between the ICE motor and the six-speed dual clutch transmission.
The all electric range of the A3 E-tron is estimated at around 31 miles (most likely on the European test cycle). According to the European Commission’s Emission standards, the Audi A3 E-tron will average around 1.5 liters of fuel per 100 km.
The Audi A3 E-tron can be driven like a combustion engine vehicle, or in hybrid mode, or in pure electric mode. Even in electric mode, the E-tron offers powerful acceleration without the need for the gasoline engine to engage. The driver can choose to have both powerplants active at the same time, dubbed boosting, and when the accelerator is let up on they both deactivate temporarily, dubbed gliding. This allows an increase efficiency by disabling the normal motor braking torque of a gasoline powered engine.
At the Geneva Motor Show next month, the Audi A3 E-tron will provide a glimpse into Audi’s future plans for electric mobility.