In an attempt to keep us busy until theconvertible 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.
When compared to the standard A3 Sportback, the new S3 version will be distinguished by the S package you have seen on all the previously launched models. This means there will be an S-specific single-frame grille with an aluminum-look finish and matte platinum grey inserts. The same aluminum finish will also be applied to the horizontal double bars and also for the newly designed bumpers.
The S3 also received large air inlets with high-gloss black honeycomb inserts, and for improved engine cooling there is a set of additional air openings located close to the wheels.
Audi also installed new exterior mirrors in aluminum finish and even more pronounced side sills. For the rear, you will notice a redesigned bumper, and a new exhaust system with four oval tailpipes located in a platinum grey diffuser. In order to generate additional downforce, the model received a large roof spoiler.
As standard feature, Audi is offering xenon headlights with LED daytime running lamps, but as an option customers can also get all-LED headlights.
The new Audi S3 Sportback can be ordered in any of 14 colors, including two specially developed for the S3: Panther Black and Estoril Blue.
|Height||1404 mm (55.27 inches)|
|Width||1966 mm (77.40 inches)|
|Length||4324 mm (170.23 inches)|
|Weight||1,445kg (3,185.68 lb)|
|Axle-load distribution||59% to 41%, front to rear|
|Luggage compartment||380 liters|
|Luggage compartment (maximum)||1,220 liters|
The same sporty feeling of the exterior continues to the interior where you will notice the usual design elements seen in the S models. On the instrument panel, the dials are grey and the needles white, there is also a leather multifunction sport steering wheel, plus shift paddles in aluminum look for the models equipped with S tronic transmission.
The S3 will be offered with standard sports seats wrapped in a mix of Velvet leather and Fine Nappa or, as an alternative for no extra cost, Alcantara and leather. As an option, customers can also get S sport seats with integrated head restraints and diamond quilting.
The interior has been trimmed in black with contrasting stitching and numerous S logos to help you further differentiate the car from the pack. They have been placed on the door sill strips, the steering wheel, the gear-selector knob and the instruments.
Under the hood, you will find the same engine as in the S3 three-door version: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers an impressive 300 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 280 pound-feet of torque between 1,800 and 5,500 rpm.
The engine will be offered with a standard six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed S tronic will be offered as an option. Both transmissions will send the engine’s power to all four wheels via Audi’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.
When combined with the S-tronic transmission, the S3 will go from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds, and in 5.5 seconds with the manual transmission. Top speed will be limited to 155 mph, while fuel economy has been improved when compared to previous generation: 34 U.S. mpg when paired with the S tronic and 33 U.S. mpg with the manual transmission. This is an improvement of 1.5 liters per 100 km (roughly 6 mpg).
|Engine||2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged|
|Horsepower||300 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm|
|Torque||280 pound-feet @ 1,800 to 5,500 rpm|
|0 to 60 mph||5.0 seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
|Fuel economy||34 U.S. mpg|
Suspension and Brakes
The new Audi S3 Sportback will be offered with a standard S sport suspension which lowers the car’s ride by 0.98 inches. The car sits on a standard set of 7.5-by18-inch wheels wrapped in 225/40-series tires. Audi also installed a pair of high-performance brakes with calipers with rotors measuring 13.39 inches in diameter up front. The calipers are offered in black as standard, but they can also be ordered in red.
Each unit will also be offered with standard Audi drive select, a system that handles characteristics of the electronic gas pedal, shift points of the optional S tronic and the steering ratio for progressive steering. It can be operated in four different modes: comfort, auto, dynamic or efficiency mode just by pressing a button.
The new Audi S3 Sportback will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Audi will start taking orders in April and first deliveries will be made in September. Prices will be announced at a later date.
With all the improvements it received, the new Audi S3 Sportback has just become a serious competitor on the sports hatchback market.
We are still waiting to see the official details on the seventh generation Golf GTI. If rumors will turn out to be true, the new GTI will get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that will deliver up to 260 horsepower - a major increase over the current generation, but still not enough to overtake the S3.
Also, if you ask us, we will always opt for the S3 over the GTI, not because we consider it better looking, but simply because the latest three Golf generation brought no major design improvements.
A model both the S3 and the GTI should fear is the new Ford Focus ST. It is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that pumps out a stout 247 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. Despite being less powerful than both the Audi and Volkswagen models, the Focus ST has already become quite a hit on the market. Not to mention that Ford proved in the past few years that it can develop real competitors for any segment of the market.
The new Audi S3 Sportback has been specially designed for buyers who are looking for a more powerful model - not that we encourage you driving 100 mph while your kids are in the back seats. With its 300 horsepower, the S3 propelled itself on the top of the market, and we are pretty sure its competitors will have a lot to work to take it down from there.
- Looks great in read
- That black interior is simply amazing
- Quite powerful
- Taking a look at its three-door brother, it can get a little bit expensive
Gallery Audi S3 Sportback
Audi S3 Sportback
221 kW (300 hp). 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) of torque. From 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.0 seconds. The new Audi S3 Sportback offers best-in-class performance. Its efficiency is also exemplary. The 2.0 TFSI averages just 6.9 liters per 100 km (34.09 US mpg).
The four-cylinder engine in the S3 Sportback has been overhauled. The only thing in common with its predecessor is a displacement of 1,984 cc. Its rated output of 221 kW (300 hp) is available at 5,500 rpm; maximum torque of 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) is constantly available from 1,800 to 5,500 rpm.
The high-performance four-cylinder engine responds immediately to the driver’s wishes and boasts a sportily sonorous sound. When the Audi drive select system is in dynamic mode, the engine’s power is also underscored acoustically. The 2.0 TFSI provides power and exemplary efficiency alike by relying on many new technologies, ranging from dual injection through the Audi valvelift system and an exhaust manifold integrated within the cylinder head to innovative thermal management.
When equipped with the optional six-speed S tronic, the S3 Sportback sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in only 5.0 seconds. The six-speed manual transmission needs just five-tenths of a second more. Top speed is electronically governed at 250 km/h (155.34 mph). 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). This engine thus requires 1.5 liters per 100 km less compared to the previous S3 Sportback.
The lower gears of both transmissions are tightly spaced for sporty performance while the tall sixth gear reduces fuel consumption. The dual-clutch transmission can be controlled via optional shift paddles on the steering wheel and offers the automatic modes D and S in addition to manual mode.
Equipped with quattro permanent all-wheel drive and a redesigned multi-plate clutch, this new high-end vehicle in the model line can accelerate more quickly and safely when exiting a corner. It is dynamic and stable in all conditions, even rain or snow.
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.
In addition to a sophisticated suspension and the S sport suspension, which lowers the body by 25 millimeters (0.98 in), the axle-load distribution (59% to 41%, front to rear) and new, progressive steering contribute significantly to sporty handling. The key to progressive steering is that steering movements determine the steering ratio. This results in stable and virtually neutral steering characteristics for outstanding precision during sporty driving and easier steering while parking.
The new Audi S3 Sportback features 7.5 J x 18 wheels. The low rolling resistance of the 225/40-series tires helps reduce fuel consumption. The calipers of the large brakes, which measure 340 millimeters (13.39 in) in diameter up front, are painted black and bear S logos. They can optionally be red. The electromechanical parking brake governs the rear axle. Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) reflects latest-generation technology.
The new S3 Sportback comes standard with Audi drive select. This system handles characteristics of the electronic gas pedal, shift points of the optional S tronic and the steering ratio for progressive steering.
At the push of a button, the driver specifies whether these systems should operate in comfort, auto, dynamic or efficiency mode. An additional mode, individual, is available in models equipped with the MMI Radio or above. The optional Audi magnetic ride system, which situationally regulates the shock absorbers, is also controlled via Audi drive select.
Lightweight construction also contributes significantly to the very dynamic performance of the Audi S3 Sportback. This five-door car has a curb weight of 1,445 kilograms (3,185.68 lb) – 70 kilograms (154.32 lb) less than the previous model. Most of this reduction in weight is on account of the body.