Audi A3 Cabrio

Audi's coming smallest convertible was confirmed earlier this year, ahead of a reported launch for 2008 or 2009. Now, grainy shots of the Mini-fighting droptop found they way to us via a French magazine and a few ear-to-the-ground Eurobloggers. Rumors say it's coming to Frankfurt, though we're not convinced. Auto Titre » 8/20/07 12:45pm 8/20/07 12:45pm

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…

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

Fresh Wind From Germany: The Next Audi Convertibles

Germany's AutoBild reports on Audi's new crop of cabrios on its way from Ingolstadt. Talk has been circulating about the company's R8 supercar being offered in a Gallardo-like spider version, and the Bild talks about that car as if it's a done deal, though they've yet to put imagery-meister Huckfeld on the case.… » 8/17/06 3:00pm 8/17/06 3:00pm

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

Spy Photos: More on the Audi S3

Hans Lehman and his spyboys say they've caught sight of Audi's new S3, possibly at a commercial shoot ahead of its debut at the Paris show this coming September. According to those who say they know, the all-wheel-drive hot hatch will get a worked-over version of the corporate 2.0-liter TFSi four producing 260 hp, or… » 7/11/06 8:37am 7/11/06 8:37am

New Audi S3 Coming in Fall 2006

It's official, says the blog of cars that are German. Audi will launch the new S-series version of its A3, the (wait for it) S3, in the fall of 2006. That means we'll likely get our first look at the Paris show in late September. V-dub watchers wonder how the $40,000 hatch will stack up against the upcoming,… » 3/20/06 4:38pm 3/20/06 4:38pm

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

Mmmm...RS3 Nigh

350hp in an A3? We're so there that even Oakland could be there with a heapin' helping of there there. (Apologies to Gertrude Stein.) The RS3's on its way kids, to England, at least. And y'know? It's only thirty-five-thousand pounds. Uh, wait. That's a lot of scratch for a hatch, even a premium one. Is it worth it?… » 2/16/06 5:06pm 2/16/06 5:06pm

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

Audi to Bring A3 3.2 to the US in 2006

The German Car Blog checks in with an announcement from Audi that will please hot hatchback fans from Maine to Texarkana and beyond. The company confirmed it would be bringing the Audi A3 3.2 to the states beginning in early 2006. All we know is that it'll be fitted with Audi's DSG autoshift box; the company… » 10/27/05 12:54pm 10/27/05 12:54pm