So the designers and engineers have been busy. The boys and girls in the turtlenecks have subtly modified the car’s exterior: they’ve added a new bonnet with more lines in an attempt to sharpen up the area around the front grille; incorporated pedestrian safety elements to a new front bumper; designed a new tailgate and bumper at the rear; and redesigned the headlights and tail-lights, with LED strips available as an option.
They haven’t left the inside alone, either: there’s chrome trim on the air vents and the steering wheel; new control switches and trims; and new white-on-black letters and numbers with red needles on the dials.
Under the bonnet, the seven-engine line-up has been overhauled, with each unit being improved in terms of power and efficiency. The transmission line-up also gets boosted by the addition of a seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic ‘box on some models.
Elsewhere, the A3 now comes with the option of the magnetic ride-adaptive damping previously used on the TT and R8 and, where fitted, the quattro four-wheel-drive system has been refined to respond faster in a bid to keep the car stable.
Source: Channel 4