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Cylinder-on-Demand technology for Audi A1 and A3 to boost economy and cut emissions.
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Audi has released details of the latest cars to benefit from the Cylinder-on-Demand (CoD) technology first seen on its S and RS models. The A1 and A3 will get a new version of the 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine with 140hp, featuring the CoD system, to supplement the 122hp unit already available.

Offered in both three-door hatchback and five-door Sportback body styles the A1 comes initially with a seven-speed S-tronic twin-clutch gearbox, while the A3 gets a six-speed manual gearbox. Later this year both transmissions will become available for both models. Fuel economy for the A1, A1 Sportback and A3 is 60.1mpg with CO2 emissions of 109g/km. The A3 Sportback manages 58.9mpg and 112g/km while the five-door A1 achieves 57.6mpg and 113g/km of CO2.

The 140hp power output is backed up with maximum torque of 250Nm produced between 1,500- and 3,500rpm. Official performance figures include 0-62mph in 7.9- and 8.0 seconds for the A1 and A1 Sportback with the A3 and A3 Sportback managing 8.3- and 8.4 seconds respectively. Audi quotes the same 132mph top speed for all cars.

Prices start at 16,740 for the A1 and 20,055 for the A3 with the order book opening this week.

John Lambert - 12 Mar 2013

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