Audi S3 debuts
Audi has released its new generation S3 in both Sportback and sedan forms.
It’s again powered by a 2.0-litre turbopetrol four, which in its latest guise produces 228kW and 400Nm of torque. It features the firm’s valvelift system which adjusts the lift of the intake valves to improve efficiency while sound augmentation features to give it a more powerful noise.
Audi says both the five-door and sedan can hit 100km/h in 4.8seconds. Each has a seven-speed twin-clutch auto and quattro AWD features naturally. This is again of the on-demand type to ensure variable torque distribution and improve efficiency when all out grip is not required. Its operation is managed by a new ‘modular dynamic handling control’ which is linked to the stability control to ensure optimised traction.
The S3 has a variable steering ratio, and the sports suspension sits the car 15mm lower than the standard model. Variable adaptive dampers are optional while Audi says ‘the spread between comfort and dynamism is even wider than for the predecessor model’. The S3 rolls on 18s as standard with 19s optional.
The new S3 is identified by its prominent grille which features a ‘rhombus-patterned’ design. The mirror caps gain an aluminum look. There’s a large diffuser on the rear along with four exhaust tailpipes.
The S3 Sportback measures up at 4.34m long while the sedan is 4.5m. The boot dimensions see the hatch able to accommodate 325L (expanding to 1145L) and the sedan has 370L.
Inside the S3 gets sporty detailing, digital instruments and a 10-inch touchscreen. The seats are newly designed with added bolstering while the standard upholstery is ‘largely made from recycled PET bottles, accentuated by stylish contrasting stitching’.
Expect also the full range of Audi active safety features and for the new S3 to arrive here at year’s end.