2015 Audi S3 Plus

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Audi S3 Sedan

The latest Plus models Audi added to its lineup — the TT-RS Plus and RS3 Plus — have both enjoyed some success, so the German automaker decided to treat another model to the Plus package.

The next model to receive this treatment is the S3 . Initial rumors about the model suggest it will be offered with a new four-cylinder turbo engine currently under development by Volkswagen Group. This new engine is rumored to deliver about 375 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque, and will put the upcoming S3 Plus between the standard S3 and the upcoming RS3 .

Audi officials said that this new engine comes as a response to the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine offered by small Mercedes models. like the A45 AMG and CLA45 AMG. Of course, do not expect this new engine to be used only in the S3 Plus, as rumors suggest Volkswagen will also place this engine in the upcoming Scirocco and a new Golf R Evo, which is rumored to be unveiled in April at the Beijing Motor Show.

The rumblings in the industry lead us to believe that the new Audi S3 Plus will be unveiled by the end of the year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi S3 Plus.

*Image Note: The above image is of the current S3, not the S3 Plus.

Source: Motoring

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Mercedes CLA 45 AMG

Mercedes CLA 45 AMG

Mercedes unveiled the new CLA45 AMG at the 2013 New York Auto Show and went on sale in September. As no surprise, the sedan was almost instantly a hit, thanks to its great look, powerful engine and relatively low price - $48,375.

The 2014 CLA45 AMG is powered by an AMG-built, 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 360 horsepower and a peak torque of 331 pound-feet, making it the most powerful production four-cylinder in the world. The engine sends its power to all four wheels via an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT seven-speed sports transmission and 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

The sports sedan sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.


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