Seven kW (ten 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 rpm. 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.
The new S3 models offer superior performance and groundbreaking efficiency. With its further enhanced performance, the 2.0 TFSI delivers 228 kW (310 hp) and with S tronic up to 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) of torque. The sonorous high-performance four-cylinder unit combines cutting-edge technologies – dual injection into the combustion chambers and into the intake manifold, integration of the exhaust manifold in the cylinder head, the Audi valvelift system and a rotary valve module for the thermal management system.
In interaction with the optional seven-speed S tronic (standard in the Cabriolet), which comes with a freewheeling 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.
18-inch wheels are standard on the new Audi S3. Despite their dynamic qualities, the tires contribute to efficiency because of their low rolling resistance. Alternatively, Audi will install 19-inch wheels on request. For particularly ambitious drivers, special 18-inch Performance tires are available – with special tuning for even more dynamic handling.
The new seven-speed S tronic
The new Audi S3 transmits power as standard through a manual six-speed transmission with a lightweight magnesium housing, for easy and precise shifting over short distances. Alternatively, Audi offers the new seven-speed S tronic, which increases the torque on the S3 by 20 Nm (14.8 lb-ft) to a total of 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft). As with the manual transmission, the lower gears feature short ratios, while the tall seventh gear has a long ratio for reducing fuel consumption. The driver of the new S3 controls the dual-clutch transmission with the selector lever or with the optional black gearshift shift paddles on the steering wheel.
Especially sporty inside and out
The exterior design underscores the dynamism of the new S3 family. The S-specific Singleframe grill bears horizontal chrome-plated double struts and the S logo; its inlay is painted in matt platinum gray. The lower air inlets have a distinctive grid design, and the exterior mirror housings are in aluminum look. The side view is accentuated by angular sill trims in the vehicle color.
At the rear the specific roof edge spoiler (on the S3 and S3 Sportback) or the separation edge (on the S3 Sedan) adds another striking feature. The platinum gray diffusor frames the four elliptical tailpipes of the exhaust system. In the color range, Navarra blue, metallic and panther black, crystal effect are reserved exclusively for the Audi S3.
Entirely in black, the interior of the new Audi S3 has a fascinating, sporty elegance. The pedal caps and footrests are stainless steel. The dials of the instruments are dark gray with white pointers; the scale of the tachometer integrates the boost pressure indicator for the turbocharger.
An S logo on the MMI monitor greets the driver when the ignition is switched on; the optional Audi virtual cockpit also contains S-specific items. Instead of the production sport seats, Audi will optionally install S sport seats with integrated head restraints and shoulder inserts in a diamond pattern.
Standard equipment includes the alarm system and deluxe automatic air conditioning, as well as the storage and luggage compartment package. All options of the model series are available, including those from infotainment and the assistance systems. The only exception is the trailer towing hitch.
The optional S3 interior package provides red highlights to the sport seats or super sport seats. The package also includes red floor mat piping and air vent nozzle rings.
The base prices: 41,000 euros for the S3, 41,900 euros for the S3 Sportback, 42,800 euros for the S3 Sedan and 50,700 euros for the S3 Cabriolet.
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.