Audi will launch the sports version of the A3 at the end of this year. It will be equipped with a 2.0 TFSI engine, which is said to deliver 272 HP. The new S3 has all wheel drive. The photos are showing a prototype without any disguise in current cold weather testing.
Rumours originally suggested that the S3 would get the VW Group 3.2 V6, turbocharged for well over 300bhp, but it now looks as if it’s going to be a little less spectacular. Audi has to go one better than the Golf GTi, however, so whilst the S3 will have the same 2.0-litre TFSI direct-injection four-cylinder engine, this unit has been developed for 272bhp. Though to be badged Quattro, it seems that the S3 will also have the same Haldex four-wheel drive system as the GTi.