Audi unveiled today the latest S3 Sportback and announced that it will bring the hot hatchback next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Comparing it with the two-door S3, the brand new S3 Sportback has something special: two extra doors! Under the hood we find the same 2.0-liter TFSI engine delivering 300 hp and 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) of torque.
The new S3 Sportback will be capable to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds and will have a top speed limited to 155 mph or 250 km/h. Still, this will not be enough to overtake the new Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG.
Launch Control delivers the engine's power to the road with defined tire slip. The 2.0 TFSI consumes just 6.9 liters per 100 km (34.09 US mpg) on average when paired with the S tronic (7.0 liters [33.60 US mpg] with the manual transmission).
Just like any other S3 model, the S3 Sportback is equipped with quattro permanent all-wheel drive and a redesigned multi-plate clutch. The front axle is 52 millimeters (2.05 in) farther forward compared to the previous model.
The 2.0 TFSI is more than five kilograms (11.02 lb) lighter than the previous engine and is tilted backward by 12 degrees. The design of the car is completed by the 18-inch wheels, wrapped in low rolling resistance of the 225/40-series tires that reduce fuel consumption (who buys an S3 and wants a decent fuel consumption?).
Complete with quattro permanent all-wheel drive and a re-configured multi-plate clutch, this new exclusive vehicle from the model range can accelerate faster and more safely when coming out of a corner. It is lively and sturdy in every condition, even in snow or rain.
The front axle is 52 mm (2.05 in) further forward when compared to the prior model. The 2.0 TFSI is over five kg (11.02 lb) lighter than the prior engine and is slanted back by 12 degrees.
Along with a superior suspension and the S sport suspension that brings the body 25 mm (0.98 in) lower, the axle-load distribution (59% to 41%, front to rear) and new, progressive steering significantly add to the athletic control. The main factor to progressive steering is that steering moves decide the ratio of steering. This means there are constant and almost completely neutral steering traits for extraordinary accuracy during sporty drive and trouble-free steering during parking manoeuvres.
New Audi S3 Sportback comes with 7.5 J x 18 wheels. The low resistance for rolling of the 225/40-series tyres will help in reducing fuel use. The large brakes’ callipers that, in the front, measure 340 mm (13.39 in) in diameter, are painted black and have S logos. They can also come in red, as an option. The electromechanical parking brake controls the rear axle. Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) illustrates the next-generation tech.