22 de fevereiro de 2013

Audi A3 e-Tron concept coming to the Geneva Motor Show

Audi will reveal what they think will be the future of cars, calling it the " electrification of the drivetrain" and believing it will "play an important role in the strategy of the brand". Most brands now offer plug-in hybrid technology in part of their cars but most of them are slow and weak, but Audi also wants to change that.

The A3 e-Tron is equipped with a modified four cylinder 1.4 TFSI engine producing 110kW (150 hp) linked through a clutch to an electric motor that produces 75kW (102hp) which in turn is connected to a newly designed six-speed e-S tronic that transfers the power to the front wheels.

The combination of the electric motor with the petrol engine provides the car with 150kW (204hp) of system power and 350Nm (258lb/ft) of system torque, allowing for an acceleration from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in 7,6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 222km/h (138mph).

The five door model will consume on average only 1.5 liters of fuel per 100km (157 US mpg) and will emit just 35 grams per km (56.33 g/mile) of CO2. When only using electric power, the e-Tron will have a top speed of 130km/h (81mph) and a maximum range of 50km (31miles). But if you want you can drive it using just the combustion engine or in the "hybrid mode" which will have a range of 669km (416miles).

Production isn't confirmed but those are some attractive numbers.