Audi has freshened up the A3 for the 2011 model year. Audi’s A3 line is some of the best sellers for Audi, and the company has now unveiled the 2011 A3 lineup, starting with the A3 Sportback, A3 Cabriolet and S3. The new lineup doesn’t feature many major changes, but does feature a few small ones, like an updated front grill, updated side mirrors and new 18 inch wheels as standard. The car, which was fully facelifted in 2008, will see changes to the entire line, including the Sportback and Cabrio. The prices on the new models are expected to remain the same.
New features on the car include the use of glossy black surfaces on B-pillars and grille, chrome touches at the air intakes, door handles, and side mirrors, and a redesigned rear diffuser. Taillights are also covered by a tinted lens on the three-door model.
Also featured are new exterior colors, like Amethyst Gray, Dakota Gray, Scuba Blue, and Volcano Red. New customers may also choose from two new 17-inch wheels, and a new 18-inch design. Inside, the driver will find a redesigned leather wheel and gear lever, black gloss trim elements, aluminum trim inserts, and instruments with a gray background.
There is no shortage of A3 engine options for the 2011 model year, with nine on offer – five gas units and four diesel mills. The base 2011 A3 comes equipped with a supercharged 1.2L, making 105 horsepower and returning 42mpg. The 200 horsepower 2.0 TFSI is the most powerful gas version of the standard A3, with the S3 capping the range with a 265 horsepower version of Audi’s 2.0L.
Most 2011 A3 models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, although six- and seven-speed versions of Audi’s S tronic gearbox are available.