Both versions are equipped with the same engine, the reengineered 2.0 TFSI with an output of 188 kW. With 350 Nm of torque available constantly from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm, the direct-injection, two-litre turbo catapults the three-door model from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and 5.8 seconds for the Sportback version. Top speed is limited electronically to 250 km/h and yet the S3's fuel consumption is astonishingly low, at an average of 8.5 litres per 100 km.
A six-speed manual transmission handles the business of getting the power from the engine to the standard quattro driveline. 18-inch wheels provide a firm grip with the road. The sport suspension holds the body 25 millimetres lower and integrates lightweight aluminum components. Black brake calipers act on 17-inch disk brakes. Audi's compact premium sports model offers the reflexes of a top athlete. It reacts spontaneously to steering movements and its handling remains stable, precise and almost neutral right up to its physical limits. When coming out of a bend it digs its claws into the tarmac, enabling the driver to start accelerating again at the earliest possible moment.
The new S3 Sportback will be distinguished by a number of striking lines, for example on the radiator grille, on the bumpers and on the roof spoiler, as well as by the aluminum-look exterior mirrors. Inside, the driver and front passenger are greeted by leather-clad sports seats whilst Audi exclusive bucket seats would be available as an option. Aluminum pedals, deluxe automatic air conditioning, an anti-theft alarm and xenon plus headlamps with LED daytime running light extend the range of standard features.
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