Audi has revealed the new quattro-equipped Sportback model version of the S3 ahead of its Geneva début next month.
Powered by a revised version of the previous car’s 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder unit with dual injection and a cylinder head with integrated exhaust manifold, which develops 221 kW (300 hp) and 380 Nm of torque, the S3 hits 100 km/h in a mere 5 seconds when specified with the optional six-speed S tronic, and just five tenths of a second behind that time with the standard six-speed manual.
Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph), with the average fuel consumption of 6.9 litres every 100 kilometres (S tronic 7l/100 km) representing an impressive 1.5 litres per 100 km improvement over its predecessor, thanks largely to the car’s 70 kg weight reduction, at 1,445 kg.
Visually, the S3 sits 25 mm lower than its regular counterpart and is tastefully understated, with defining features including 7.5 x 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/40 low rolling resistance tyres, an aluminium-look S-specific grille with double horizontal bars with matt Platinum Grey insert, integrated air inlets with aluminium-look double ribs in the front bumper and aluminium-look mirror casings, while the rear gets a larger roof spoiler, LED tail-lights and four oval tailpipes shrouded by a Platinum Grey diffuser.
Moving inside, the cabin features S sill plates, matt brushed aluminium inlays, seats trimmed in either Pearl Nappa leather/cloth, perforated Alcantara/Pearl Nappa leather or Velvet leather/Fine Nappa leather.
Standard equipment comprises of drive select; a feature that allows the driver to tailor the steering system, S tronic, throttle valves and exhaust sound flaps to suit their tastes, Audi magnetic ride system, xenon plus headlights and automatic air conditioning, with extras such as red brake calipers, diamond quilted S sport seats with integrated head rests and all-LED headlights also available.