The Audi S3 as we’ve had it in America has solely at all times uncomfortably positioned as a dearer, less-spacious cousin of the Volkswagen Golf R. The VW shared a lot of the Audi’s operating gear for a lower cost. It appears Audi is capitalizing on the few years it can take for the following Golf R to launch by throwing energy on the S3.
The outgoing Audi S3 at present makes 288 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, with a claimed 0 to 60 mph time of 4.8 seconds using the model’s Quattro all-wheel drive system. It begins at $43,000. Evaluate that to the outdated Mk. 7 Golf R, which has the very same engine and efficiency specs, however begins at $40,395 and, for a time, was provided with a guide transmission.
Immediately, Audi introduced the next-gen S3 for the European market, and it theoretically runs the 2019 Golf R into the bottom with its shiny new output of 305 horsepower (310 PS) and 295 lb-ft of torque. After all, that’s most likely what the next-gen Golf R will do when it goes on sale within the subsequent couple of years, however the Audi bought right here first.
Over on the cousin continent, the S3 will get two particular launch editions in new colours. The sedan will get Tango Pink and the hatchback will get Python Yellow—two superb colours with superb names—and the package deal comes with Nappa leather-based sport seats, black styling accents, and 19-inch wheels. Don’t count on to get the hatch in America, however let’s pray for the Python Yellow.
The brand new S3 will get the identical up to date design language as the brand new A3 it’s primarily based on, and has additionally grown 1.2-inches wider and 1.6-inches longer than its predecessor. It retains Quattro all-wheel drive, a seven-speed automated transmission, 18-inch wheels commonplace or a 19-inch possibility, and is accessible with both a normal, lowered suspension dropped by half-an-inch over the usual A3, or there’s the choice of an S-tuned sport suspension setup.
Audi claims the seat supplies are principally made up of recycled polyethylene terephthalate bottles, they usually’ve additionally adopted a brand new gear selector harking back to the one within the new Porsche 911. The Volkswagen Group is seemingly working to scale back the gear selector right down to the standing of a measly stalk.
What’s bizarre, at the very least past getting upset over gear selectors, is that Audi isn’t in a rush to promote the brand new S3 stateside regardless that it goes on sale in Europe later this yr. We don’t even get the commonplace new Audi A3 in America till subsequent yr, so we’ll have to attend.
Simply looks like Audi must be making an attempt to snap up that “I would like a 300 horsepower compact Volkswagen Auto Group automobile for over $40,000” demographic earlier than VW begins transport the brand new Golf R.