More Driving Pleasure: the new Audi S3
A good 20 years ago, Audi opened up the sporty premium compact market segment
with the first S3. Now the brand is presenting the new generation – an S3 Sportback**
and an S3 Sedan**. Its 2.0 TFSI engine produces 228 kW (310 PS) of power and
400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) of torque (S3 Sportback: Combined fuel consumption in
l/100 km: 7.4* (31.8 US mpg*); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 170–169* (273.6–
272.0 g/mi*); S3 Sedan: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.3–7.2* (32.2–
32.7 US mpg*); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 166–165* (267.2–265.5 g/mi*)).
Both models accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.8 seconds. A seven-speed
S tronic, the quattro drive with intelligent control, and an S-specific sport suspension
with optional damper control deliver the power to the road effortlessly. A number of
other new features – including the operating concept, infotainment, and assist systems
– round off the high-tech character of the S3 models**.
Design and Lighting
The new S3 models** display their dynamic character from the very first glance. The front
is dominated by the Singleframe with its large rhombus-patterned grille and impressive
air inlets, while the housings of the exterior mirrors have a gleaming aluminum look. The
shoulder of the body extends in a strong line from the headlights to the rear lights. The
areas below are curved inward – a new element of Audi’s design that places a stronger
emphasis on the wheel arches. The new S3** can be fitted with matrix LED headlights on
request. Their digital daytime running lights consist of a pixel array made up of 15 LED
segments, ten of which form two vertical lines. At the rear end, the large diffuser and the
four exhaust tailpipes accentuate the sporty look.
With 228 kW (310 PS) of power and 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) of torque, the new S3 models
(S3 Sportback: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.4* (31.8 US mpg*); Combined
CO2 emissions in g/km: 170–169* (273.6–272.0 g/mi*); S3 Sedan: Combined fuel
consumption in l/100 km: 7.3–7.2* (32.2–32.7 US mpg*); Combined CO2 emissions in
g/km: 166–165* (267.2–265.5 g/mi*)) are powered by the 2.0 TFSI engine. High-tech
features like the Audi valvelift system (AVS) – which adjusts the lift of the intake valves
as required – mean that the combustion chambers are well filled, while thermal
management helps to ensure high efficiency.