Audi A3 Sportback g-tron launched in Germany

18 Feb, 2014 9:18am Jonathan Burn

Gas-powered Audi A3 Sportback g-tron arrives in showrooms in Germany, but no plans to bring the technology to the UK

First revealed at the Geneva Motor Show last, the gas-powered Audi A3 Sportback g-tron is set to go on sale in Germany priced from €25,900 (£21,278). It’s powered a modified version of the manufacturer’s 1.4-litre TFSI engine, which can run on natural gas, Audi e-gas or petrol.

Audi has developed its own synthetic e-gas, which the manufacturer claims to be completely CO2-neutral as only green electricity is used to produce it. On average the A3 g-tron is claimed to consume between 3.2 and 3.3 kilograms of gas per 100 kilometres, which costs around €3.50 (£2.80).

The g-tron’s engine produces 108bhp and 200Nm torque, enough to get it from 0-62mph in 11 seconds and on to a top speed of 118mph. Alongside the engine, two gas tank are fitted beneath the boot floor, each capable of holding 7kg of gas stored up to 200bar.

Audi has chosen to launch the g-tron in Germany, as it’s the only country with an extensive natural gas refuelling infrastructure in place. The e-gas can be purchased from more than 650 fuel stations across the country. Audi has confirmed the g-tron will not be making its way to UK shores due to the lack of a refuelling infrastructure.