Sadly, Audi decided against putting it into production, but we hear their head honchos are considering a do-ver. This time around, the 2.0 TDI will belong to the EA288 family and will be a bi-turbo, similar to the reportedly being developed for the Passat, which is based on the same MQB platform.
Output remains unknown, but Audi already offers a 190 hp 2.0 TDI on brand new "ultra" models launched a few months ago. That figure should rise to well over 200 hp of the S badge is to stick. The S3 BiTDI can even be expected to best the old clubsport concept's numbers.
Close, but Not Hot EnoughAll three of the A3's platform brothers offer the same 2-liter diesel in a performance car. It makes 184 hp and 380 Nm of torque (280 lb-ft). Volkswagen calls it the Golf GTD and markets it separately from the GTI, while Skoda offers it as part of the Octavia vRS range. SEAT's version is fitted to the FR trim level, a kind of halfway point between normal Leons and the Cupra.
All three cars are available with either a six-speed manual or DSG with just as many cogs. They take about 7.5 seconds to reach 100 km/h, making them reasonably fast. However, these performance diesels are somewhat more expensive than the equivalent 1.8 TSI turbo with similar performance numbers.
Audi does things a little differently. For example, on the A3 sedan, you can only get the 184 hp engine with a six-speed manual and FWD. You can get a twin-clutch on the A3 Sportback, but only with quattro, which boosts he buying price to Golf R levels.