The Audi S3 is the German automaker's premium performance compact version of the A3 hatchback. The original 1999 Euro only model was powered by a tuned 225 HP 1.8T 20v four cylinder equipped with Quattro all wheel drive accelerating from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.6 seconds and reaching a top speed of 151 MPH. Along with new bodywork, in 2006 the S3 became a 2.0 TFSI making 260 HP and now going from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.5 seconds while being electronically limited to a 155 MPH top speed.
Dynamism, sportiness and sophistication are the key words to define the new Audi S3, the top of the range model for the A3 series. Featuring a 265 bhp boosted version of the already known 122 cui TFSI engine (that offers only 200 bhp on the Audi A3 2.0 TFSI and Volkswagen Golf GTI) and Quattro permanent four-wheel drive the newcomer hot hatch pursues the ideal of pure driving pleasure coupled simultaneously with excellent everyday practicality - like all Audi S models.