Shanghai 2011: Audi A3 e-tron Concept


Just after Audi released the A3 sedan concept at this year's Geneva Motor Show, the German automaker has chosen Shanghai to reveal the e-tron version of their entry-level model. Based on the RS3 hatch, it's powered by a turbocharged and direct-injected 1.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 211 hp that's combined with an additional 27 hp from the 20kW electric motor. All told, this power combination allows the car to go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds and has a top speed of 143 mph.

It's mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch S-tronic transmission. The lithium-ion battery pack is stored in the trunk and can supposedly go up to 34 miles alone on electric power. The exterior design is nearly exactly the same as the Geneva concept, except for the e-tron styled grille and rear bumper. It's reinforced by a carbon fiber frame, aluminum hood, trunk, and doors. However, weight has gone up due to the battery pack. It rides on 20-inch wheels, but Audi hasn't made clear whether or not all-wheel drive will be available if it ever makes production.

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