Audi’s S3 is at present the entry-point to its efficiency S vary after the discontinuation of the S1 with the previous-generation automobile.
Precisely how briskly is the S3? As of 2020 Audi claims a 0-100km/h dash time of 4.8 seconds for each the sedan and Sportback (hatchback) variants, with the marginally heavier Cabriolet (convertible) model coming in a smidge slower at 5.3 seconds.
The sedan and hatch, due to this fact, are the quickest amongst their key Mercedes-AMG CLA35 (0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds) and BMW M235i xDrive (0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds) rivals.
Impartial testing from a number of retailers have returned real-world numbers surprisingly shut, from between 4.8 seconds (the precise quantity) and 5.1 seconds to 100km/h.
Motivating all S3 variants is a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 213kW/380Nm. That is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch computerized, driving all 4 wheels by way of the model’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The S3 has an electronically-limited top-speed of 250km/h.
Apparently, for this reason Audi says it is not going to be constructing an S1, because the new-generation small automobile’s MQB A0 platform doesn’t help all-wheel drive, and thus is not going to dwell as much as the promise set by its S efficiency sub-brand.
The S3 at present prices $64,200 earlier than on-roads for the Sportback, $65,800 for the sedan, or $73,400 for the convertible.
Wish to go sooner? Audi additionally presents its RS3 sedan/hatchback with a blisteringly fast 0-100km/h time of simply 4.1 seconds due to its 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo upping energy to 294kW/480Nm.
We must also be aware that within the second half of 2020 the next-generation S3 is ready to reach on Australian shores. Once more powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a dual-clutch computerized, the brand new technology Sportback and sedan not less than will keep the present S3’s 0-100km/h dash time of 4.8 seconds, regardless of a bump in energy to 228kW/400Nm. It’s going to additionally keep the present S3’s max pace of 250km/h.
Improvements on the new-generation automobile shall be utterly overhauled cabin know-how and design, in addition to variable-ratio steering, and decrease, sportier suspension with the choice for adaptive dampers.
The brand new S3 will share its underpinnings and far of its know-how with its mainstream cousin, the new-generation Golf R. The Golf R can be all-wheel drive and its 2.0-litre turbo has much more energy than the present S3, with outputs set (internationally, not less than) to 235kW/420Nm permitting for a 0-100km/h dash time of simply 4.7 seconds. In line with the newest data, nevertheless, the brand new Golf R will not be set to reach in Australia till 2022.
Audi has not but revealed full pricing and specification for the 2021 S3 vary, so keep tuned subsequent yr as we inch nearer to its launch window.