Audi A3 Sportback Revealed: Paris Motor Show Preview

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

After months of chasing spy photos and sneak peeks of the Audi A3 Sportback, we now have an official look at the five-door model ahead of its official 2012 Paris Motor Show unveiling.

Unfortunately, the A3 Sportback won’t be heading to America; rather we’ll be treated with the A3 sedan that will be exclusive to our shores. In Europe however, the German automaker will be offering the A3 Sportback with a variety of engine choices including a 1.2-liter TFSI, a 1.4-liter TFSI, 1.6-liter TDI, 2.0-liter TDI, and a 1.8-liter TFSI.

Most impressive of the bunch is the 2.0-liter TDI which is rated at 184-hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, allowing the A3 Sportback to accelerate to 62-mph in 7.4 seconds. As for the 1.8-liter TFSI, Audi rates it at 180-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque while achieving an estimated 42-mpg.

Transmission options include a manual six-speed or a dual-clutch option with either six or seven gears depending on the powerplant.

The new A3 Sportback weighs in 188 lbs lighter than its predecessor and is surprisingly light at 2,656 lbs. Those looking for a sportier ride can opt for suspension upgrades which will lower the vehicle either 15-mm or 25-mm.

Plenty of technology can be found inside the cabin as well. Audi has outfitted its A3 Sportback with its latest MMI system that’s available in either a 5.8-inch display or a 7-inch display. Optional is a Bang & Olufsen 705-watt sound system with 14 speaker setup.

AutoGuide will have more information on the new Audi A3 Sportback when we report live from the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

GALLERY: Audi A3 Sportback

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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