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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe 128i
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 128i 18 28 $27,095 $29,450
2-Door Coupe SULEV 128i 18 28 $27,095 $29,450
2-Door Coupe 135i 20 28 $33,440 $36,350
2-Door Convertible 128i 18 28 $31,740 $34,500
2-Door Convertible SULEV 128i 18 28 $31,740 $34,500
2-Door Convertible 135i 19 28 $37,400 $40,650
4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
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Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,095
$25,361
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,450
$27,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$491 / month
$455 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line Power, style, and attainable luxury are all part of the 2011 1-Series' repertoire, though the appearance and BMW's fourth-gen iDrive may not be everyone's cup of tea. The 2011 Audi A3 is stylish, refined, and versatile—and nearly as good for the city as for the highway.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Small Station Wgn
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.4 52.8
Front Leg Room (in) 41.5 41.2
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 32.1 34.8
Front Head Room (in) 37.9 39.3
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 54.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 86 89
Second Head Room (in) 37.1 36.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.6 59.3
Wheelbase (in) 104.7 101.5
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 27.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 68.8 77.4
Track Width, Front (in) 58.3 60.3
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 4.3
Length, Overall (in) 172.2 168.9
Height, Overall (in) 56.0 56.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 10.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 39.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 19.5
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x - TBD - 12.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.0 14.5
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Speed-Sensitive
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.0 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.1 35.1
Tires
Front Tire Order Code NA HN8
Spare Tire Order Code NA HN8
Rear Tire Size P205/50R17 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA HN8
Front Tire Size P205/50R17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size NA Compact
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3208 3219
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 9.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 180 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 70 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas I6 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection TFSI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 200 @ 2750 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.0L/183 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 230 @ 6500 200 @ 5100-6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 30
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.93 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.45 2.09
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.23 3.09
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.23 1.10
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 0.93
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.32 3.36
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.65 1.47
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.11
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Coupe 4 Door HB
Vehicle Name BMW 1 Series Audi A3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double-Pivot MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 5-Link Four Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.5 7.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 7
 
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