The Audi S3 is the small A3 hatchback on steroids. The S3 is equipped with a turbocharger and four wheel drive. The A3 shares its chassis with the Volkswagen Golf, Audi TT, SEAT Toledo and Skoda Octavia. The 1.8 L turbocharged engine makes 225 hp and a maximum 280 Nm of torque, most of which is available from 2200 through to 5500 rpm. This is the first time a small four-cylinder engine has been used in an Audi S-series car.
Standard features include Xenon lowbeam headlights with high pressure washers, front fog lamps, 17 in "Avus" alloy wheels with 225/45R17 tires, electrically adjustable leather seats, climate control, alarm and electronic traction control/stability program. Options include a Bose sound system, boot/trunk mounted 6 disc CD changer, 18 inch wheels, glass sunroof, centre arm rest, auto dipping rear view mirror, luggage net, heated front seats, cruise control, aluminium door mirror casings and leather/Alacantra (blue/silver/yellow) combination seat coverings.
The first generation S3 was produced between 1999 and 2003. Although the second generation Audi A3 came out in 2003, the updated S3 has yet to be launched. It`s said to be launched in the autumn of 2006 and wil have a V6 330 HP engine