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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Audi A3 3.2 V6: Road test!

Audi A3 3.2 V6
"Automobile.com" has made a road test with the Audi A3 3.2 V6 and thinks it's "an S3 in everything but name".
The lesson gets a little more complex starting in 2006, as Audi has just launched a new premium compact vehicle which necessitates a few new rules. Its called the A3, and its available in a practical five-door package called Sportback, which is somewhere between Avant and hatchback. And, while quite a few have already experienced this compact premium hold-all with the invigorating 200-horsepower FSI-T motor, for the New Year, the car will gain a V6 engine that makes it very schnell. So, by all measures, shouldnt this one be called the S3? It very well could, but it isnt according to Audi. No problem, I can appreciate a good rule bender.
What makes this A3 3.2 stand out even more, as it flashes past into the horizon, is its drivetrain. Where you might expect a humble inline-four, the upgraded model packs a big, powerful narrow-angle V6 engine complete with the kind of mechanical goodies you might find under the hood of a formidable sports car like, say, the Audi TT. This comparison makes plenty of sense considering the engine is the same as the one found in the swanky two-plus-two coupe, complete with variable valve timing and a set of variable intake manifolds. Output is rated at 250-hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, identical to the range-topping TT.

As one would expect, the A3s interior is as good as they come - its best in class, in fact, although theres really nothing on the North American market that competes with it. But even when brought nose-to-nose with the 3-Series or the new Lexus IS, the A3 comes out on top with typically stunning Audi details, beautifully crafted seats and instrumentation. The experience is enhanced if the A3 is equipped with the Open Sky panoramic power sunroof, where the interior is brightened via an open, airy feel. In terms of style, the A3 resides somewhere between the A4 Avant and the TT, particularly in the details.


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Source: Automobile.com via AudiWorld

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