Audi claims to have broken the dreaded “weight spiral” with their next upcoming A3. The new car will weigh nearly as much as the first-generation car did in 1997, despite being faster, safer and more luxurious.
The new car should closely match the old car’s curb weight of 2658 lbs. The new MQB platform is lighter in every respect, from the materials used in the car, to the new generation of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines. Despite the weight loss (as much as 176 lbs on some models), the vehicle’s size will remain the same as the portly second generation car.
The notion of continuously advancing technology, powertrains and safety while fighting curb weight and increasing vehicle sizes is one that has TTAC quite pleased. The upcoming VW Golf, which will be a close relative to the A3, should be even more significant, in that it can bring this kind of technology to a much wider customer base.