Audi debuting petrol particulate filter in Australia
Audi will be among the first brands to offer a car with a petrol particulate filter (PPF) in Australia, today announcing the updated RS3 sedan and hatch will feature the emissions control technology.
Now required to meet strict European emissions standards, a PPF sits between the engine and exhaust to catch harmful pollutants.
Peugeot was first to offer a PPF in Australia, while Skoda this morning announced it will offer a limited run of Superb Scouts with a filter-equipped petrol engine.
The next-generation Audi RS3 has been snapped for the first time during performance testing at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany – and good news, it still has five-cylinder power.
Photographers noted hearing the distinctive engine note of Audi's five-cylinder turbo petrol engine, indicating the new model will get a revised version of the current 2.5-litre motor.
Audi RS3 to re-enter the market 'at the end of the year'
Audi Australia has indicated the RS3 hyper hatch and sedan, which have been on a hiatus for the past few months, should become available in Aussie showrooms again before year's end.
Following the implementation of stricter WLTP emissions testing across Europe late last year, numerous manufacturers, including Audi and its Volkswagen parent, have been scrambling to make their vehicles compliant, resulting in production delays.
CarAdvice podcast 118: The man who put an R32 V6 engine into a Kombi
Joining Mandy Turner this week is Mike Stevens and Scott Collie.
In car news, Jaguar Land Rover has designed a self-driving pod with 'virtual eyes', Honda has decided to take a step back from electric cars, Audi has halted production of the RS3, and the 2019 Kia ProCeed has been teased.
Scott talks about our long-termer, the 2018 Skoda Kodiaq 132TSI Sportline, and what the rest of the office thought of it.
Schaeffler, engineering firm and Audi's partner in Formula E, has unveiled the electric 4ePerformance concept, complete with 880kW from four electric motors.
They're not just any electric motors, either, they're identical to those used on the 2016-17 ABT Schaeffler Formula E racer. That puts total power at 880kW, and system torque at 1280Nm from all four motors.