As promised in June, Audi's three-door A3 has emerged from its spit-and-polish with a new grille, a few extra features and a grin-inducing 2,0-litre turbocharged model.

As promised in June, Audi's three-door A3 has emerged from its spit-and-polish with a new grille, a few extra features and a grin-inducing 2,0-litre turbocharged model.

Audi's new frontal appearance has rapidly gained favour with the scores of fans first horrified by the use of its new grille. Following the launch of the five-door Sportback in July, the facelifted three-door is now available, with the new grille, of course.

However, those customers left infuriated by the changes to the three-door so soon after its initial launch need not despair - a conversion kit is on offer at Audi dealers to swap the old grille with a new one.

Completely new to the A3 line-up, though, is a new model with the 147 kW 2,0T FSI engine, currently used in the Volkswagen Golf GTI. With its peak power output available from 5 100 to 6 000 r/min and its 280 N.m of torque (from 1 800 r/min to 5 000 r/min), this car can easily be hustled about at head-snapping speeds.

The 2,0T FSI accelerates from zero-to-100 km/h in seven seconds and reaches a top speed of 234 km/h in manual mode. Fitted with the DSG system, the car completes the sprint in 6,9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 236 km/h.

In addition to the already high levels of specification on the A3, this model also comes with a sports suspension with extra damping and a revised anti-roll bar, 17-inch alloy wheels and aluminium interior trim. The ESP, standard on the 2,0T FSI and the 3,0 V6 quattro, has been improved and a new function added. An S-line exterior package has for the first time also been included in the list of optional features to the three-door A3 range.

With the exception of the 2,0T FSI models, the prices remain unchanged.

A3 2,0 FSI Attraction (manual) R202 000

A3 2,0 FSI Attraction (tiptronic) R215 000

A3 2,0 FSI Ambition (manual) R212 000

A3 2,0 FSI Ambition (tiptronic) R225 000

A3 2,0T FSI Ambition (manual) R247 500

A3 2,0T FSI Ambition (DSG) R263 500

A3 2,0 TDI Ambition (manual) R234 500

A3 2,0 TDI Ambition (DSG) R250 500

A3 3,2 V6 quatto (manual) R313 500

A3 3,2 V6 quatto (DSG) R329 500

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