It's a step into the future of Audi. It's the A3 e-tron, the first production plug-in petrol-electric hybrid from the Four Rings To Rule Them All that promises your wallet some much needed relief.
The A3 e-tron gets Audi's 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, shifted six centimetres to the right (if you're looking at the engine compartment from dead ahead) compared to a regular A3. We'll come back to that shortly.
That engine features a lightweight aluminium crankcase and a tightly packaged intercooler with a high performance coolant pump, and weighs just 100kg. It produces a nice, round 150bhp and 185lb ft of torque, and that's just the start.
Why is it shifted right? So Audi can squeeze in the components required for an electric motor, which brings yet more power. The motor itself is bolted on behind the dual-mass flywheel, along with a new six-speed S-tronic dual clutch gearbox, all driving the front wheels.
This little motor weighs 34kg, powered by a battery pack located underneath the rear seat bench for better weight distribution. It produces 99bhp and 243lb ft of torque, contributing to the e-tron's total system output of 204bhp and 258lb ft of torque.
The A3 e-tron go from 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds, and reach a top speed of 137.9mph. Not too shabby at all. Audi claims the e-tron returns a CO2 equivalent of just 35g/km - meaning it's road-tax free - and theoretical fuel consumption of 188mpg.
Audi says the 8.8kWh battery is enough to power you for a solid 31 miles. On a not-very-representative test loop, we managed a four-hour trip with 69 per cent of that run on electricity, the other 31 per cent on fuel. That's some 51 miles on battery. Which is good.