It’s also actually the first plug-in hybrid version of the all-new A3, one of two plug-ins planned.
Audi has unveiled its first plug-in hybrid powertrain for the new A3 Sportback, which it has dubbed 40 TFSI e. It has a maximum power output of 201 horsepower and a claimed WLTP all-electric range of up to 67 kilometers or 41.6 miles; the car can cruise on electricity at up to 140 km/h (87 mph).
Its power comes from a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 147 horsepower hooked up to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with an in-built 107 horsepower electric motor. Sprinting from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes 7.6 seconds and top speed is 226 km/h (141 mph). Helping it achieve its good electric range is a 13 kWh battery pack (48 percent larger than its predecessor’s) that Audi has placed under the rear seats.
Gallery: Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e (2020)