Lets face it, gas prices are not getting any cheaper, but there is hope on the horizon. Audi will be offering a variety of fuel-efficient engines by next year, ranging from diesel to the all-electric Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron model. While these models provide great fuel economy, the most interesting model is new G-Tron, which has a driving range of 808 miles.
To achieve such a long range, the all-new Audi A3 Sportback G-Tron model uses carbon-natural compressed gas called e-gas, which previously called A3 TCNG. The e-gas is created by mixing CNG with hydrogen and carbon dioxide to result in “synthetic methane.”
The Audi A3 Sportback G-Tron is power by a modified 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, which is capable of running on conventional gasoline and CNG. It is able to hold about 15.43 pounds of CNG that gives the car about 250 miles of driving range. In addition, the conventional gasoline tank gives another 560 miles of driving range.
Performance wise, the Audi A3 Sportback G-Tron produces about 110 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0-62 in 11 seconds, and has a top speed of 118 mph.
The production of the Audi A3 Sportback G-Tron depends how much e-gas can be generated from its gas plant, and currently, it is only enough for 1,500 cars.