High power, understated, with ample features and a high degree of everyday practicality – all of these strengths come together in the Audi S models. Each model applies its power to the road with quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
Propulsive power comes from a 2.0 TFSI that produces 170 kW (231 hp) and up to 370 Nm (272.9 lb-ft) of torque. It accelerates the three-door S1 from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.8 seconds and the S1 Sportback in 5.9 seconds. The top speed for each is 250 km/h (155.3 mph). The three-door model’s two-liter turbocharged engine, with its sporty and sonorous sound, has a combined fuel consumption of just 7.0 liters of fuel per 100 km (33.6 US mpg) and a CO2 emission of 162 grams per kilometer (260.7 g/mi).
A six-speed manual transmission transfers engine power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. At its heart is a hydraulic multi-plate clutch that is mounted on the rear axle. Torque vectoring completes its work with finely metered brake interventions at the wheels at the inside of a curve.
The chassis of the compact sport models have been thoroughly revised, and the electromechanical power steering has been specially developed. The pivot bearings on the front suspension have been modified, and a four-link rear suspension guarantees dynamic handling. The setup is sporty and stiff; the adjustable dampers are controlled via the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system. Powerful brakes ensure superior braking performance; 17-inch wheels are standard.
Audi S1 Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.1 – 7.0 (33.1 – 33.6 US mpg) Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 166 – 162 (267.2 – 260.7 g/mi)
Audi S1 Sportback Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.2 – 7.1 (32.7 – 33.1 US mpg) Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 168 – 166 (270.4 – 267.2 g/mi) (Figures vary depending on engine/transmission/wheels/tires)
Audi S3, S3 Sportback, S3 Sedan and S3 Cabriolet 7 kW (10 hp) more power and with S tronic torque increased by 20 Nm (14.8 lb-ft) – in the S3 Audi has raised the bar once more in terms of power. The 2.0 TFSI now generates 228 kW (310 hp) and with S tronic delivers 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) in the wide range of 2,000 to 5,400 revolutions per minute. Its NEDC consumption has improved in conjunction with the new seven-speed S tronic by around eight percent to 6.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (36.8 US mpg). By further optimizing the steering characteristic and exhaust system control, the Audi S3 drives even more dynamically. Besides the S3, the S3 Sportback, the S3 Sedan and the S3 Cabriolet also profit from the extensive new features.
In interaction with the optional seven-speed S tronic (standard in the Cabriolet), which comes with a coasting function, the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes just 4.5 seconds in the Audi S3. The figure is 4.6 seconds for both the S3 Sportback and the S3 Sedan, while the Cabriolet takes 5.1 seconds.
With a manual transmission (not available in the Cabriolet), the sprint time increases by seven-tenths of a second. The 250 km/h (155.3 mph) top speed is electronically governed.
The firmer S sport suspension lowers the vehicle body by 25 millimeters (1.0 in). Large brakes operate behind the 18-inch wheels with their S-specific design; the brake calipers are painted black (or optionally red) and adorned by S logos. The ESC stabilization control acts with particular sensitivity. The electrically assisted progressive steering varies the steering gear ratio – it is somewhat more indirect in the center position, but increasingly more direct when large turns of the steering wheel are made. The Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard, with Audi magnetic ride suspension available as an option.
Audi S1 Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.1 – 6.9 (33.1 – 34.1 US mpg) Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 164 – 159 (263.9 – 255.9 g/mi)
Audi A3 Sportback Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.1 – 6.9 (33.1 – 34.1 US mpg) Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 164 – 159 (263.9 – 255.9 g/mi)
Audi S3 Sedan Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.1 – 6.9 (33.1 – 34.1 US mpg) Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 164 – 159 (263.9 – 255.9 g/mi)
Audi S3 Cabriolet Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.8 – 6.7 (34.6 – 35.1 US mpg) Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 156 – 153 (251.1 – 246.2 g/mi) (Figures vary depending on engine/transmission/wheels/tires)
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.
Further information about the official fuel consumption figures and official, specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the “Guide to fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electricity consumption of new cars,” which is available free of charge from all sales outlets and from DAT (Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH), Hellmuth-Hirth-Strasse 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, Germany (http://www.dat.de).