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.
Audi has finally pulled the covers off of the new Audi A3 Sedan and with it, the German automaker also introduced its S-variant, the equally new S3 Sedan. Oh joy.
Scheduled to meet the world at the New York Auto Show, the new S3 is already getting quite the attention from a lot of people in large part because Audi hasn’t had a small sports sedan in its line-up in a long time.
So you can say that the new S3 has a lot of expectations attached to it, in large part because you can never have enough people clamoring for a German sports sedan that they can actually afford.
Mercedes went ahead and revealed the CLA-Class earlier this year, so it was only the right time for Audi to join the German sports sedan party in America. There’s a sentence we never thought we’d write.
If you’ve been waiting for this day to come, well, wait no longer because details of the new Audi S3 Sedan can be found after the jump.
The next-generation Audi A3 Convertible was caught testing for the first time back in January and now we get to see the car in action again. This time, Audi engineers were caught driving it around in Germany.
As these new spy shots reveal, the next A3/S3 Convertible looks like a little brother to the A5 Convertible - a smart decision made by Audi considering the current generation is not the prettiest in its class. The new A3 Convertible will be based on the A3 sedan set to be unveiled in just two days at the 2013 New York Auto Show, minus a pair of doors of course.
Rumors suggest that the future A3 Convertible will be offered with one TDI and two TFSI engines, with power ranging from 122 to 180 horsepower, while the S3 version goes up to 300 horsepower. Up to this point there are no indications on whether Audi will offer a RS3 Convertible or not.
Expect the new Audi A3 Convertible to arrive later in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
In an attempt to keep us busy until the convertible version will finally join the S3 lineup, Audi has unveiled the initial details on the Sportback version - a model set to make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. What’s the difference between this and the standard S3? Well, the number of doors of course: the new Sportback has four doors and offers increased space for families while maintaining its sporty nature.
Except for the extra doors, the new Sportback version will pretty much remain identical to its three-door brother, meaning that customers will continue to enjoy the same performance numbers. You’ll have to consider that as the new Sportback is a little bit heavier, the 0 to 60 mph sprint will take 0.1 seconds longer.
Talking about weight, Audi managed to shave an impressive 154 pounds from the car total weight - when compared to previous generation. This result has been achieved by using weight-saving materials like an ultra-high-strength steel passenger cell and light aluminum wings and bonnet.
Hit the jump to learn full details on the new Audi S3 Sportback.
Shortly after Audi unveiled new generation A3 hatchback at the 2012 Geneva Motor it has been rumored that a convertible version will arrive in just a few months time. If until now all we had were rumors, today our spy photographers have caught the car testing for the very first time. To make it even better this is not just the standard A3 Convertible, but the even more powerful S3.
The new generation A3 Convertible will be based on the A3 sedan version we have caught testing the other weeks, meaning that it will be a little bit prettier than the current generation: you should imagine something like a smaller A5 Convertible.
In fact this is a move everyone expected, considering the current generation A3 Convertible is not the prettiest thing we have seen.
Expect the new Audi S3 Convertible to be unveiled at the end of 2013, most likely in Frankfurt.
There will probably come a day when 1,000-horsepower cars are the norm rather than the exception, but that day is still far away. When a car reaches four-digit ponies these days, it’s going to get serious attention.
In that light, we’d like to introduce you to this Audi S3 that’s been tuned by TS Racing. This race car that not only packs an aerodynamic kit, but it was tuned specifically for racing purposes. The kit includes a front splitter, modified bumpers, a rear diffuser, extended wheel arches, and a roof-mounted scoop. In addition, TS Racing stripped the car’s interior to its bare essentials and replaced them with a slew of new components like a carbon fiber dashboard, a full-scale roll cage, racing seats, new instrumentation, and a custom shifter.
All that being said, what makes this S3 such a spectacular piece of racing machinery is its 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that has been completely overhauled and modified to produce an astonishing 1,074 horsepower and 853 pound-feet of torque. 1,000-plus horsepower on a car is already impressive enough, but putting that much output on an S3 is even more impressive.
Check out this video of the rocket S3 courtesy of Hesleskaug as the car blows away the Audi VW Club Norwegens annual meet on Vålerbanen in Norway.
Audi is speeding up their unveiling process by releasing details on a second model just one day after revealing the A3 Sportback. It’s the S3 version’s turn to shine as it joins the Sportback at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. The quicker version of the A3 will go on sale early in 2013 at a starting price of €38,900, or about $51,800 at the current exchange rates (price for Germany).
The Audi S3 is powered by a 2.0 TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 300 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque. This power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.
In terms of design, the new S3 looks a lot like the A3, except it has added elements like an S single-frame grille, a revised front bumper, new side skirts, aluminum-look mirror caps, a new exhaust system with quad tailpipes, a roof spoiler, and a different rear bumper. These elements differentiate the S3 from the A3, unless of course you add the S-Line package to the A3, which would then make them look almost identical.
UPDATE 09/21/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images for the new Audi S3.
Audi will be bringing the new generation A3 hatchback to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March, leading the way to the unveiling of the S3 and RS3 versions shortly thereafter. The RS3 will be the last to arrive, but will undoubtedly be the most impressive.
The new RS3, like the entire A3 family, will be built on a new MQB platform that will make the car about 10% lighter when compared to its predecessor. Audi will also adopt an updated exterior language as seen in the A3 Concept unveiled last year at the Geneva Motor Show. There will also be an improved interior and an upgraded infotainment system.
Under the hood, the next RS3 will retain its usual turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, but its output will be increased from the current 340 HP to 350 HP. Audi will also be working to improve fuel economy.
More details about the next RS3 will follow shortly, so stay tuned! Until then, check out our rendering and let us know what you think!
When the heat of summer comes, you can expect a lot of things to happen. People will be coming out of their houses adhering to the time-tested adage "less is more". That’s right, goodbye to those long winter coats, those almost-knee-high boots, and most of all: layers!
And as is the case with summer, tank tops and shorts aren’t the only things people bring out when the sun is bright and shiny. At this time of the year, you can also expect cars to roll around with their tops down. After all, isn’t that the best way to enjoy a nice little ride out to town during the summer?
That being said, ABT Sportsline is gearing up for the season with a new line-up of convertibles that will surely pique the curiosities of those in the market for a new car to flaunt during the summer. And if you’re one of them, you can check out these Audi Abt convertibles - there’s an ABT S3 Cabrio, an ABT S5 Cabrio, and of course, the R8 V10 Spyder - to satiate your convertible appetite because nothing spells out summer more than riding in a top-down convertible with the wind blowing in your face.
MR Car Design feels that they can do the the Audi S3 one better with a few well thought out changes that takes the all wheel drive turbocharged sport compact from a hot hatch to a tasteful tuner car. By putting in the extra effort both inside and out, MR Car Design makes the 2.0 TFSI four banger even more powerful before wrapping the entire car in a matte black suit and then fitting it with a proper set of running shoes. The MR Stage III performance package starts off with a full exhaust beginning with a wider diameter downpipe to get the spent gasses out of the turbo as easily as possible and ends in a hand crafted sport tuned silencer with high flowing components in between. A larger intercooler is then installed to handle the added boost that comes with the reprogrammed ECU. The kit is good for a total of 337 HP and 332 lb-ft of torque, not bad considering that you don’t have to crack open the engine at any point, and easily get almost 80 HP with only a handful of bolt ons.
Instead of going with a full re spray, MR Car Design decided to wrap the Quattro hatchback with a complete matt foliation from Cover EFX. The darker look adds to the S3’s aggressive appearance, and by going with a vinyl style wrap MR has saved themselves hours upon hours of prep work and then time in a costly spray booth. All you need to do for a complete color change is a clean car, a few square yards of vinyl and some patience. But still, there is no paint clean up, and not to mention that it looks outstanding next to the 19 inch hyper black Emotion Wheels. Ensuring that the Audi sport compact has the legs to keep up with its new heart, MR Car Design installed a KW V3 coil over suspension, Stoptech big brake kit and then shod the S3 with a set of 235 series Dunlop Sportmaxx rubber.
Ok, for the record, they aren’t officially-sanctioned police cruisers making a routine check at the Nurburgring.
But they sure look believable, don’t they?
A pair of vehicles – a BMW M3 Coupe and an Audi S3, to be exact – was recently spotted at the ‘Ring sporting some pretty intimidating police wraps. From what we’ve heard, these two cars are owned by civilians that are part of a group called the ‘Ring-Police’.
We don’t know a good deal about these guys, but judging from the website stickered on the two cars’ rear bumpers, it looks the Ring-Police is a group of custom tuners that have been getting quite the following in Germany.