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Remember that green Audi A3 that turned up in our coverage of the 2010 SEMA Show ? At the time we didn't know much about it but now thanks to Sam Du and our buddies over at Eurotuner we have more information about the car.
Los Angelino Jose Romo started out in the Euro lowrider scene that is actually more Hondas than Euros. However, he's moved on and up to an
German VAG blog Vau-Max.de has published a story about a first-gen (Type 8L) S3 that's been substantially modified and pulls from any number of sources within the Volkswagen Group. Perhaps it is the Bentley Continental 20-inch alloys paired with a more militaristic matte green/grey paint that gets the most attention upon first look but closer inspection of additional photos via the link below also reveal Mk1 TT orange baseball
Auto Motor und Sport has run an intel/rumor piece on the next-generation Audi A3. The story, in German, is accompanied by a number of artist renderings including a proposed RS 3 above. Here's a quick summary of the A M und S piece.
•*Due by 2012
•*RS 3 to use current TT RS engine.
•*1.2 to 2.0 liter 3 and 4-cylinder engines will be available (at least in Europe)
Audi has made no secret of its intent to substantially grow brand sales and improved sales in the North American marketplace has always been a key component to such a strategy. Audi executives have readily admitted that they were examining the idea of a North American production facility be it part of the new Volkswagen Chattanooga plant or something different but a recent week falling Euro
We've just finished making our post about the RS 3 and now found another set of photos on the same CarSpyShots.com website. This groups of shots show an impressively large rear spoiler seemingly angled the wrong way to create drag. CarSpyShots has two theories that the piece is either one very different mechanical spoiler design or a piece that is about to fall off.
The Audi A3 chassis may be entering its final stages of production ahead of a switch to MQB but that's not stopping Audi from going full on with an RS 3 version of the car. We've seen modified S3-bodied mules believed to be RS 3 test cars running at the ring before but the latest shots like the one above from CarSpyPhotos.com show a car a lot closer to production trim.
The most noticeable
The guys over at TheSmokingTire.com have released one of their latest episodes whereby they test the fuel efficiency of the A3 TDI. The guys surmise that the range of the A3 is just short of the distance to the Grand Canyon from Los Angeles and they aim to make the run without a refill. It's not an overly scientific experiment but it is entertaining.
You might remember Theophilus Chin from previous render posts we've made. Chin posts his work on his blog (linked below) and even publishes some in major magazines. One of his latest creations is the above very mildly facelifted 2011 A3 Sportback converted to theoretical allroad spec.
So what do we think?
It's a cool idea of an interesting production variant of the A3. However, the A3