Audi has launched its first “Ultra” production model, the A3 1.6 TDI Ultra, which is the brand’s most fuel-efficient car currently on sale. The “Ultra” designation stands for the brand’s commitment to sustainability.
Powered by a 109hp (110PS) 1.6-liter diesel engine, the Audi A3 1.6 TDI Ultra has an average fuel consumption of just 3.2 liters/100 km (73.5 US mpg). This is equivalent to CO2 emissions of just 85 grams per kilometer (136.79 g/mile).
Fitted with a 50-liter (13.21 US gallons) fuel tank, the A3 1.6 TDI Ultra has a driving range of more than 1,500 km (932 miles). Its dynamic performance is decent, with a 200 km/h (124 mph) top speed and a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.5 seconds.
So what’s the car’s secret? Well, the A3 1.6 TDI Ultra weighs 1,205 kg (2,656 lbs) thanks to the use of lightweight materials and enhanced aerodynamics due to its 15mm (0.59in) lower ground clearance and the addition of S line side sills.
Fuel economy is also helped by the optimized rolling resistance tires as well as the longer final drive ratio. Available as either a three-door or a five-door Sportback version, the A3 1.6 TDI will arrive in German dealerships in September, with the starting price set at €25,200 ($33,440).
Audi will launch more “Ultra” versions of its TDI and TFSI models focusing on reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Audi says Ultra models will represent “a third category in the brand’s portfolio of cars offering sustainable, everyday mobility,” along with e-tron plug-in hybrids and g-tron models powered by natural gas.
By Dan Mihalascu