Geneva Motor Show: Supercar-beating Audi A3 unveiled

March 1, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

An Audi A3 concept capable of thrashing a Porsche 911 in a straight line was today unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

Geneva Motor Show - Supercar-beating Audi A3

Known purely as the A3 concept, the model is the fastest factory-produced A3 ever thanks to a 2.5-litre turbocharged engine which develops 400bhp and 368lb/ft of pulling power.

The same engine is used to great acclaim in the Audi TT-S and Audi RS3 Sportback but the concept is 42bhp more powerful than the production models.

As a result, the A3 has a 0-62mph time of just 4.1 seconds – 0.6 seconds quicker than a standard Porsche 911 and 0.5 seconds quicker than the Audi R8 supercar. Top speed is limited to 155mph.

Power is channelled to all four wheels through a seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox with the driver changing up and down via paddle shifts mounted behind the steering wheel.

Next to the mind-blowing performance, the other surprising feature about the Audi A3 Concept is that it is a saloon for the first time in the model’s history rather than a hatchback or cabriolet.

This design change is to target it towards the American and Chinese market with hatchback-derived saloons notoriously unpopular in the UK.

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