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Audi Introducing 5-Door A1 Sportback Diesel With 62mpg
In brief: Audi has introduced the A1 Sportback, which will be available in gasoline or TDI diesel at up to 62mpg U.S.
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Make/Model: A1 Sportback
The A1 Sportback is a 5-door version of the 3-door compact A1. The car will become available in 2012 in both gasoline and diesel versions, both with the 7-speed Stronic transmission using start-stop technology.
The base engine will be the 1.2 TFSI 86hp, capable of 46.1mpg US. Larger TFSI engines are the 1.4L 122hp and the 185hp which produce lower mileage respectively.
The diesel engines available will be the 1.6L TDI in 90 and 105 horsepower respectively. These, when paired with a standard manual transmission, get 61.9mpg on average (US). The larger 2.0L TDI will come later in the year and give the car more power and slightly less economy at 57.4mpg US.
The 1.4 TFSI and 1.6 TDI engines will have an optional S tronic transmission offering better economy and power output, including start-stop.
The Sportback is just under 13 feet long at 3.95m and weighs only 2,347.92lb (1,065kg) in its base configuration. It has a drag coefficient of 0.32. The weight is thanks to its ultra-lightweight body configuration and materials. It makes extensive use of hot-shaped steels which allow for thinner walls on the bodywork.
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Very interesting car and Audi says it will be made available in the U.S. in most gasoline and diesel options, so it won't be limited to European sales.
Photo credits: Audi
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