PGA Cars, the exclusive Philippine distributor of Audi and Porsche, recently held the "PGA Driving Experience," a track day at Clark International Speedway.
Clients and select members of the motoring media were able to sample the new Audi A3 sedan and the A1 hatchback through two gymkhana exercises that showcased the agility and responsiveness of both vehicles.
The A3 goes up against the BMW 2-Series and the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Compared to its two rivals, the Audi has an understated design. It doesn’t have the hatchback-to-sedan stigma, and it looks well-proportioned. It actually looks like a little A4.
Initial impressions with the way it drives? It’s quick off the line (both petrol and diesel), has nicely weighted steering, and has good composure. The A3 is powered by a 1.8-liter TFSI and a 2.0-liter TDI, with an output of 180hp and 320Nm, and 150hp and 320Nm, respectively.
The A1, meanwhile, has always been enjoyable to drive. It's lively and balanced, and has a tight turning radius that contributes to its agility. The little hatchback is powered by a 1.4-liter TFSI that delivers 120hp and 200Nm.
Participants also got behind the wheel of the Audi Q3, the Porsche Boxster and the Porsche Macan for a few laps out on the track. The baby SUV from Zuffenhausen is one of the most interesting cars of the year. Read our review of the Macan in the December/January issue of the magazine.
As for the Boxster, it is the easiest ticket to Porsche ownership. Its 265hp may not sound too spectacular, but this roadster highlights the essence of balance and handling. If one feels the need to upgrade, there's the S version, as well as the Cayman and Cayman S.
The new Audi S3 sedan was previewed, too, and it has a 285hp 2.0-liter turbo and Quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Its price is estimated at P4.5 million.
So these, more or less, are the latest offerings from Audi and Porsche in our market, in case you were wondering.