Audi A2 – Top Speed

19 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Audi A2 – Top Speed
Audi A2

Audi A2

The Audi A2 was a premium compact five door MPV that was built by the German luxury car maker from 2000 up until 2005. The Audi was powered by a host of economical engines including a 1.4 Liter four cylinder making 74 HP and 93 lb-ft of torque, a 1.6 Liter FSI pumping out 109 HP and 114 lb-ft of torque while the diesel burning 1.4 Liter three cylinder TDI making 89 HP and 170 lb-ft of torque.

There was also a special 3L version that consumed less then 3 liters of diesel for every 1000 kilometers traveled thanks to an extremely efficient 1.2 Liter three cylinder TDI making 60 HP and 103 lb-ft of torque. While other versions of the 2000 pound A2 got as much as 120 MPG. The fastest versions could accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 9.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 125.5 MPH.

Report: Audi Cans Electric A2 and A1 e-tron

Audi has been experimenting with the electric-car market for a few years and officially unveiled plans for the A1 e-tron and an electric-powered A2 recently. It does not look like either one is going to happen any time soon, according to a report from Car .

The A2 electric was slated to be released in Europe, where high-efficiency diesel and gasoline engines that get upwards of 60 mpg reign supreme. These markets are tough enough to crowbar in an electric model, but add in the fact that the A2 was expected to carry a €40,000 ($50,000) price tag, and you get a model that was bound to fail in the European marketplace. Combine that price point with the fact that the Nissan Leaf. with its far lower €25,990 ($32,500) price tag, only saw 3,000 units leave showroom floors in 2011, and Audi wisely saw this as a fruitless journey.

Audi A2

The entire A2 line will likely continue as expected, sans the electric model. This leaves a gasoline and diesel model as the only drivetrain options.

The A1 e-tron reportedly is meeting a similar fate, but for different reasons. The A1 e-tron is being axed due to extravagantly high production costs. This car was planned to be similar to the Chevy Volt. as it was going to have a gasoline engine to extend the range of its electric motor by charging the batteries via a Wankel (rotary) engine.

Though this is a tragic way to abruptly cease the development phase for an electric lineup, we cannot blame Audi for its choice. Electric cars just are not selling well in the European markets and having one priced nearly double its closest competitor and another one with climbing production costs just isn’t smart business.

gallery: 2010 Audi A1 e-tron Concept

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