Yesterday we’ve told you that Volkswagen is planning an even more powerful version of the Golf R for the 2014 Beijing Motor Show called Golf R Evo but it appears that the German company will apply the same strategy with the Audi S3. Dubbed Audi S3 Plus, the new model will fill the gap between the S3 and the top-of-the-range RS3 Sportback.
If the RS3 Sportback is powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine rated at 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque, the S3 Plus will use the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine boosted to an impressive 375 hp and 500 Nm of torque. With the S3 Plus, Audi aims to create a more powerful engine and take on Mercedes-Benz AMG’s division 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine found on the A45 AMG and capable to deliver 360 hp and 450 Nm of torque.
The new Audi S3 Plus will be introduced in 2015 and it is expected to be even faster than the current RS3 Sportback, at least until the next-generation arrives. For those who don’t know, the RS3 Sportback is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h. The next-generation RS3 Sportback is expected to carry the same 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine that will generate over 400 hp.
The current Audi S3 comes with 300 hp and 380 Nm of torque and it is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.1 seconds when equipped with the S tronic transmission. The Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited at 155 mph and 250 km/h. We expect the upcoming Audi S3 Plus to be as fast as the A45 AMG!