Some torque has gone missing.
Back in April of last year, the new Audi A3 arrived in Europe as a 2021 model, but our version was only announced this June, skipping the 2021 model year in the process. Despite having more time to prepare, Audi's media team made a bit of a whoopsie when revealing the US-spec car. We knew that the new A3 would come with an updated 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and expected more power and torque, which Audi confirmed by saying that this four-pot would produce 201 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. However, the automaker has now issued a clarification, as the torque figure isn't quite as strong as that.
According to the updated specifications, the new A3 will indeed offer 201 hp, but the torque figure has been revised to 221 lb-ft. Interestingly, that means no increase in torque from the 2020 model, although power has indeed jumped from 184 hp previously. Still, it's not like the A3 is built to tow trailers, and if you need more grunt, the S3 promises 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque from the same sort of engine. Both cars get a seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic automatic, but if even the S3 is too weak for you, the new RS3 with its 401 hp will surely get your pulse racing.
We can also look forward to some exciting colors for both the S3 and the regular A3. A panoramic sunroof is standard along with three-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and two new interior color choices: Santos Brown with Steel Gray stitching and Parchment Beige with the same contrasting color for the threads. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto feature as standard, while an optional phone box will again offer wireless charging and a signal booster.
The A3 range remains one of the few to be free of electrification at the moment, but we have no doubt that the next generation will feature at least a mild-hybrid system. Hopefully, future Audi will save itself some embarrassment on those torque figures.