Audi Dropping New 1.4-liter TFSI Four-Banger In A3, A3 Sportback

The 2.0 TFSI engine from the knights of Bruce has already taken some serious metal in the "Best of" categories. Now Audi's using that technology to create a smaller version of the award-winning 2.0-liter engine, announcing a new, "ultra-modern" (we're pretty sure that's code for über-Bruce) 1.4-liter four-cylinder… » 7/24/07 8:30am 7/24/07 8:30am

Ein Schmall Cabrio: Audi A3 Convertible Confirmed

German magazine Auto Motor und Sport reports Audi's A3 cabrio is a go. That means the coming 1-Series cabrio from BMW will have a partner for the cover story on small droptops you just know is forthcoming. Further word has it the S4 will come sans roof. Both are expected to launch in 2008 for the 2009 model year.… » 3/28/07 8:11am 3/28/07 8:11am

A Jalopnik Contemplates Europe: Car-Related Ramblings from the Depths of Jet Lag

England is car hell. Let's forget about the expensively obvious for a moment (insane taxes, equally insane gas prices, doubly insane speed cameras on every corner and under your bed) and the plain daf (Clarkson thinks the Jaguar XK is cooler than the upcoming Dodge Challenger) and look at the cars themselves. They… » 1/04/07 11:05am 1/04/07 11:05am

No Bed, No Breakfast, Just Hot Hatches: The B&B Audi A3

Audi tuning shop B&B turned its attention toward the late-model A3, cranking the nutter dial up to 362 hp. The company is intent on turning hardware from Ingolstadt into Porsche beaters, and its new hatch, in the highest stage of tune, gets to 62 mph in just 4.9 seconds and on up to nearly 171 mph. The mods include a… » 12/13/06 9:25am 12/13/06 9:25am

Vogtland Autosport "Safe Tunes" the Audi A3

Vogtland Autosport's latest project car, an Audi A3, is a lesson in safe tuning, meaning it covers itself in latex stickers before penetrating the autobahn. Actually, it means everything's done to quality spec and certified by T V, Germany's driving-safety group. It's got adjustible coil-over suspension (lowered 50… » 7/25/06 3:00pm 7/25/06 3:00pm

Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Audi A3 3.2 Quattro DSG, Part 2

Exterior Design: **
You know this small station wagon thing is out of control when an Audi hatchback is a miniature version of a miniature version of the A6 Avant. With its gaping maw (never shown with a US license plate), the A3 s front end simply overwhelms the rear. Although we understand the need to differentiate… » 2/23/06 11:00am 2/23/06 11:00am

Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Audi A3 3.2 Quattro DSG, Part 1

The manual transmission is dead. Long live DSG. Yes folks, it s true: the Direct Sequential Gearbox is ready to turn tripedalists into I remember when you had to coordinate your hands and feet like a flamenco dancer to drive to the record store old fogies. The last time I checked Audi s clever two-clutch paddle… » 2/22/06 1:41pm 2/22/06 1:41pm

You Are There: Audi A3 3.2 Quattros Hit Dealership

One of our readers in San Francisco — a confirmed early adopter whose current car is a Passat W8 —has been waiting patiently for the arrival of the Audi A3 3.2 he has on order. Over the weekend, as he reports, the dealership just received the first two specimens, which he got a chance to flog one of them mercilessly » 11/21/05 9:35am 11/21/05 9:35am