Say hello to the world's most efficient production Audi. For now, anyway.

Until the next-generation E-tron and G-tron vehicles arrive, the Audi A3 1.6 TDI Ultra (yes, "Ultra" is part of the name) wins the brand's mpg crown with a fuel efficiency rating of 3.2 liters per 100 kilometers (73.5 miles per gallon). As that European format should give away, this is a rating based on the European scale, which results in higher numbers than the EPA's test does in the US. Still, Audi says the real-world cruising range is a bladder-challenging 932.06 miles from its 50-liter (13.21 US gallons) tank. Yes, that .06 is important, apparently.

The "Ultra" part of the name has an official meaning, specifically that the car "expresses the brand's all-encompassing commitment to systematic sustainability concerning production and products." More "Ultra" Audi models will be unveiled in the near future that are powered both by gas and diesel engines.

Besides the high efficiency numbers, the A3 1.6 TDI Ultra has a top speed of 124 miles per hour and scoots to 62 mph in 10.5 seconds. The car goes on sale this September and the starting price in Germany is 25,200 euros ($33,500 US) and will be available with either three or five doors.
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Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra: Versatile marvel of fuel economy
  • First-ever ultra production model from Audi
  • Just 3.2 liters per 100 kilometers (73.50 US mpg)
  • Cruising range of more than 1,500 kilometers (932.06 miles)
Ingolstadt, August 4, 2013 – Audi has unveiled the brand's most fuel-efficient production model. With 81 kW (110 hp) of power output, the Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra consumes just 3.2 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (73.50 US mpg). This equates to an astounding 85 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometer (136.79 g/mile). This versatile marvel of fuel economy is now for sale. Customers can take delivery of the Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra starting in September. The base price in Germany will be 25,200 euros.

Boasting a top speed of 200 km/h (124.27 mph) and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in a mere 10.5 seconds, the A3 1.6 TDI ultra is thoroughly sporty. Every bit as impressive: it truly excels at long-distance drives. Its 50-liter (13.21 US gallons) fuel tank facilitates trips in excess of 1,500 kilometers (932.06 miles).

The five-door A3 1.6 TDI ultra is every bit as spacious and comfortable as the rest of Audi's model line of premium compact cars. It also features air conditioning, Audi radio and power windows as standard equipment. Moreover, the A3 1.6 TDI ultra is available as a three-door compact or a five-door Sportback.

Low fuel consumption and extraordinary sustainability paved the way for the technological DNA of today's A3 model line. Thanks to Audi's unrelenting commitment to lightweight excellence regarding the multi-material body and all vehicular systems, the A3 1.6 TDI ultra weighs a mere 1,205 kilograms (2,656.57 lb). Aerodynamics were enhanced not only by the S line side sills, but also by lowering the A3 ultra's body by 15 millimeters (0.59 in). 205/55 R16 tires with optimized rolling resistance as well as a longer final drive ratio further improve the efficiency of the A3 1.6 TDI ultra.

This latest A3 is not only the most efficient Audi; it is also the brand's first model to bear the ultra epithet. The ultra designation expresses the brand's all-encompassing commitment to systematic sustainability concerning production and products.

In coming months, Audi will unveil ultra versions in other model lines featuring TDI and TFSI engines. Like the Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra, they too will distinguish themselves thanks to a considerable focus on technology reducing fuel consumption and emissions. This will lower running costs while benefiting the environment. Along with Audi's e-tron plug-in hybrid models and g-tron models powered by natural gas, ultra vehicles will constitute a third category in the brand's portfolio of cars offering sustainable, everyday mobility.

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