THE Audi A3 Sedan was launched earlier this year and now the manufacturer has added the S3 sedan to this class – with the A3 Cabriolet and the S3 Cabriolet expected later this year.
The four-cylinder engine is shared with its S3 Hatch and Sportback siblings.
Its rated output of 206kW is available at 5500rpm and a maximum torque of 380Nm is on tap from 1800 to 5500rpm.
The car’s high-performance engine is driven by the standard drive-select system, which incorporates the characteristics of the electronic accelerator, the boost of the progressive steering and the shift points of the S tronic gearbox.
The driver determines with the push of a button whether these systems operate in comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency or individual mode.
The 2.0 TFSI (turbocharged fuel stratified injection) engine provides power and efficiency by relying on many new technologies, ranging from dual injection through the Audi valvelift system, to thermal management.
The Audi S3 sedan will only be available as a six-speed S tronic.
Its top speed is limited to 250km/h and it goes from 0-100km/h in 5sec.
The 2-litre engine consumes just 7.0-litres per 100km on average, with emissions of 162g/km.
A first in the premium compact class are the optional LED headlights, which had only been available in luxury models.
The low beams are generated in two free-form reflectors with a total of nine high-performance LED chips.
Ten high-performance LEDs in the matt aluminium trim provide the high beams.
The athletic design of the exterior carries over into the interior. A distinct arch encircles the instrument panel, which appears to float on the centre console. The controls are clear and intuitive.
Large, round air vents, the elegant control panel for the air conditioning and the decorative inlays in matt brushed aluminium or a black 3D look provide exquisite accents.
Although the S3 sedan has sporty looks, it is surprisingly spacious, with 390 litres of luggage capacity. –
Audi S3 Sedan 2.0T FSI quattro S tronic:
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