The third generation hatchback made in Ingolstadt (the three-door variant to debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show) displays a sport-focused look that includes a new front bumper with enlarged air intakes (compared to the previous model) and aluminium surround grille, large side skirts and redesigned rear bumper. The interior offers the same sportive stance as the exterior and benefits from the latest technology, already in use on its predecessors that adds classic Audi comfort to the vehicle.
The new Audi S3 measures 4,254 mm in length, 1,777 mm in width and 1,435 mm in height and has a 2595 mm long wheelbase. The car is also more streamlined than before, having lost 60 Kg and weighting now 1,395 kg. Under its hood mounts the new version 2.0-litre TFSI, revised in every detail, which produces a power output of 300 hp and 380 Nm of torque between 1,800 and 5,500 rpm. The engine has also lost five kilograms of the total weight and is mated to the S tronic dual-clutch or a six-speed manual transmission with four-wheel drive.
The S3 uses the new MQB platform, the front axle has moved 52 mm forward and distance 25 mm less from the ground. This explosive mix maximises performance and enhances fun: the car sprints from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.1 seconds with S-tronic gearbox (5.4 seconds with manual transmission) reaching a top speed of 250 km / h. Audi declares fuel consumption of 6.9 l/100 km with the speed S-tronic (7.0 l / km with manual gearbox) and CO2 emissions of 159 g / km (162 g / km). The new Audi S3 will be in showrooms early next year and will be available on the German market from 38,900 Euros (around £31,200).