Audi RS3 and A3 e-tron

Audi S3
24 Oct, 2012 6:12pm Mat Watson

Audi will expand the new A3 line-up in 2014, with the addition of hot RS3 and plug-in e-tron models

The Audi A3 range is set to grow in 2014, with the addition of an extreme RS3 model and a plug-in hybrid e-tron version, Auto Express has learned.

The RS3 will be four-wheel drive and is expected to be powered by a five-cylinder turbocharged engine, just like the outgoing RS3. Expect to see a lower kerbweight, though, and power that surpasses the 335bhp figure on offer in the current model.

Even the all-new S3 (pictured above) produces 296bhp from a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, so it's reasonable to expect nearer to 400bhp from the new RS3.

Around the same time the RS3 is released, Audi will also release a plug-in hybrid e-tron variant. Although exact details of the powertrain have yet to be revealed, it’s likely to be similar to that featured in the Audi A3 e-tron concept unveiled at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show.

That car used a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and an electric motor for a total of 234bhp. The production A3 e-tron is likely to offer a little less performance but, like the concept, the road car should be able to run on electric power alone for around 30 miles, thanks to its lithium ion batteries.

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Pointless, Hybrids were good at a time when batteries were not good enough, they are good enough now and who drives more then 60-100 miles a day ? so why bother with a complex hybrid that will cost a fortune to fix if it ever breaks out or warranty. There is a lot to say for the simplicity of an full battery electric vehicle. I wouldn't pay the premium VAG would charge me for it because they are couldn't eb bothered to offer full electric vehicles, we all know the Germans want Hydrogen but the facts remain battery cars are good enough for most of us now.

Let's take a Golf tart it up for the 100th time, call it premium, invest a lot in marketing and this is the automotive equivalent of McDonald's you get. Lucky for VW group that the punters put up with this ripoff.

I thought the big problems with battery powered cars were that the batteries are very heavy, expensive and only last around 5 years (With the range you get from a full charge reducing from day 1).

Replacing the batteries costs £3000-£5000. As a result battery powered cars depreciate in value far faster than normal cars.
In summary they cost more, weight more, depreciate more and after 5 years you get a massive bill for replacement batteries.

Sure some companies lease their batteries, but you're still paying at least as much overall, its just spread over a longer period.

Who drives more than 60 to 100 miles a day? Well I do and so do most of my colleagues and friends. Batteries are fine for local running around but of no good whatsoever for business or for an active family. Good luck when you get home with a flat battery and need to go out or there is an emergency. Technology needs to advance a lot further before I would even consider anything other than the good old internal combustion engine.

Tarted up golf. Still, if you can afford it why not. Do you have a golf little man. lve had 5, step up, go better.