2009 Audi S3 and S3 Sportback receive new S Tronic transmission

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

A landmark in transmission technology is now on hand in the Audi S3 and S3 Sportback athletic compact versions. The S tronic dual-clutch transmission combines the powerful two-liter TFSI motor with the road in a way that is both athletic and economical.

This guarantees faster acceleration, high agility and ride comfort together with improved fuel economy. A true wonder of engineering, the ground-breaking S tronic dual-clutch transmission has been a phenomenon ever since it was introduced in the Audi TT 3.2 quattro in spring 2003. It unites the advantages of a compact six-speed manual transmission with the traits of a contemporary automatic.

The driver therefore benefits from massive agility and driving pleasure with acceleration that is both united and active, without any detectable disturbance in the flow of power. This goes together with good economy due to low fuel utilization, and comfortable operation. The ultracompact S tronic with dual multi-plate clutch can at the same time preselect two gears.

With its clever electrohydraulic function, it changes from one gear to the next in a split second. It can thus generate engine torque as high as 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft). The power source in the S3 is a perfect partner: the 2.0 TFSI has already garnered the “Engine of the Year Award” a total of four times. It generates 195 kW (265 hp) and peak torque of 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft), which stays constant from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm.

Weighing in only at 152 kilograms (335.10 pounds), this turbocharged direct-fuel-injection motor powers the Audi S3 and the S3 Sportback into the elite class of compact sports cars. The S tronic makes the active leader of the A3 family even faster. It further reduces, by two-tenths of a second, the time necessary to sprint from a standstill to 100 km/h (0 to 62.14 mph) in just 5.5 seconds for the S3 and 5.6 seconds for the Sportback.

Simultaneously, fuel consumption has been enhanced to 8.3 liters/100km (28.34 mpg) with CO2 discharges of just 193 g/km (310.60 g/mile) (A3 Sportback: 8.4 liters/100km (28.00 mpg) and 195 g/km (313.82 g/mile). These two athletic versions are now offered at dealerships: the S3 for €38,900 and the S3 Sportback for €39,800.

Press Release

Audi S3 and S3 Sportback with S tronic

  • Efficient and fast dual-clutch transmission for the S3
  • Quicker acceleration paired with even higher fuel efficiency
  • Particularly sporty combination in the compact class
  • Available now

A milestone in transmission technology is now available in the Audi S3 and S3 Sportback sporty compact models. The S tronic dual-clutch transmission unites the powerful two-liter TFSI engine with the road in a manner that is both sporty and efficient. This ensures quicker acceleration, high agility and ride comfort along with improved fuel efficiency.

A genuine marvel of engineering, the revolutionary S tronic dual-clutch transmission has been a sensation ever since it debuted in the Audi TT 3.2 quattro in spring 2003. It combines the advantages of a compact six-speed manual transmission with the qualities of a modern automatic. The driver thus benefits from enormous agility and driving pleasure with acceleration that is both harmonious and dynamic, without any perceptible interruption in the power flow. This is coupled with good economy thanks to low fuel consumption, and convenient operation.

The ultracompact S tronic with twin multi-plate clutch can simultaneously preselect two gears. With its ingenious electrohydraulic operation, it shifts from one gear to the next in a split second. It can thus enable engine torque as high as 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft).

The powerhouse engine in the S3 is an ideal partner: the 2.0 TFSI has already won the "Engine of the Year Award" four times. It supplies 195 kW (265 hp) and maximum torque of 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft), which remains constant from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. At a weight of just 152 kilograms (335.10 pounds), this turbocharged direct-fuel-injection engine propels the Audi S3 and the S3 Sportback into the exclusive class of compact sports cars.

The S tronic makes the dynamic spearhead of the A3 family even speedier. It further reduces, by two-tenths of a second, the time required to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (0 to 62.14 mph). More specifically, in just 5.5 seconds for the S3 and 5.6 seconds for the Sportback. At the same time, fuel consumption has improved to 8.3 liters/100km (28.34 mpg) with CO2 emissions of just 193 g/km (310.60 g/mile) (A3 Sportback: 8.4 liters/100km (28.00 mpg) and 195 g/km (313.82 g/mile).

Both of these sporty models are now available at dealerships: the S3 for €38,900 and the S3 Sportback for €39,800.

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