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Trevor Collett | Oct, 14 2013 | 2 Comments

Audi has shadowed the route used by the World Solar Challenge to demonstrate the frugality of its A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI with cylinder-on-demand.

The small hatch averaged 4.7 l/100km over the 3000km route, along the full Stuart Highway from Darwin and through the centre of Australia before finishing in Adelaide.

During the Coober Pedy to Port Augusta leg, the A3 managed a very credible 3.8 l/100km.

Audi’s aim during the challenge was to replicate ‘real world’ conditions to demonstrate that drivers could still achieve impressive fuel consumption figures while averaging 98km/h in challenging outback conditions.

“It speaks volumes for the real world usability of this vehicle that the team was able to drive such a long distance in comfort and with confidence,” Audi Australia’s Managing Director, Andrew Doyle said.

“Even with a high average speed, sometimes challenging climatic conditions, and a two-person driving team, Audi’s advanced fuel-saving technology works well and delivers results.”

The A3 averaged 3.9 l/100km from Alice Springs to Adelaide, with only Darwin traffic on day one and a gale-force head wind on the final day bumping up the overall average.

Air conditioning was used for the entire 1000km Darwin to Tennant Creek leg and then as required to Adelaide. The A3 1.4 TFSI completed the journey using 95 RON unleaded petrol, as per Audi’s recommendation.

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