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2020 Audi S3

2020 Audi S3

Audi is in the final stages of testing and refining its upcoming A3 hatchback, as well as the hot S3 version of it. It’s not clear when the new S3 may debut, but it will probably be at a major motor show sometime in 2019 - we’ve heard rumors that Audi is ditching the three-door model and will only sell its hatch as either a five-door or sedan.

The model, in true Audi fashion, looks like an evolution of the current model, and the only real giveaway that the vehicle spotted by our spies is the spiced up S3 is the fact that it has those quad exhausts in the back; it also looks as if its fenders are wider than what we saw in previous spy shots of the regular A3, but we can’t say for sure due to the use of psychedelic camo.

Power for the next S3 will most likely come from a development of the same four-cylinder turbo that motivates the current model which may get a modest horsepower increase. Electrification of some kind is not out of the question either, as Audi has announced its commitment to bringing it more models - maybe even performance models.

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2017 Audi S3 - Driven

2017 Audi S3 - Driven

All-wheel drive, compact size, really flies

The 2017 Audi S3 may not draw a lot of unnecessary attention to itself, but don’t be mistaken: Underneath its understated design is a spicy little number that is among the best-driving compact sedans on the market, bar none. With 292 horsepower from its TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the handling prowess of Quattro all-wheel drive, the 2017 Audi S3 is a riot on curvy roads. It’s also adept at munching miles on interstate highways, particularly if you’re not hauling a carload of passengers.

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2017 - 2018 Audi S3 Sedan

2017 - 2018 Audi S3 Sedan

A little extra polish added everywhere

If you live in the U.S., and you want a quick, luxurious sedan with four rings on the nose, the options are plentiful. However, add compactness to that list of requirements, and there’s really only one way to go – the S3. With a high-performance engine and tighter handling than the more laidback A3 equivalent, the S3 is only bested by the head-expanding RS3 when it comes to Audi’s small-dimension lineup. Unfortunately, that’s forbidden fruit if you live stateside, leaving the S3 as the obvious choice. Audi just released details on the model’s latest facelift, and although the specs are specific to Europe, they should inform our expectations on what’ll arrive on these shores in the not-too-distant future. Highlights include slightly modified exterior styling, the addition of Audi’s virtual cockpit, new driver assistance tech, and a little more output under the hood.

The S3 came to America for the 2015 model year, and although it feels a bit like a consolation prize, it should have what it takes to satisfy all but the most demanding of performance enthusiasts. But with highly appealing competition coming from both BMW and Mercedes, how does the new S3 sedan stack up?

Updated 08/11/2016: Audi announced U.S. prices for the 2017 S3 sedan which will be put on sale later this year. U.S. customers will have to choose between two trim levels: Premium Plus and Prestige.

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2017 Audi S3

2017 Audi S3

Audi performance-oriented hatch gets A4-inspired styling and new premium features

2015 brought us many new models from Audi, including redesigned versions of the A4, Q7, and R8, and it seems that 2016 will also be packed with new releases from the four-ringed automaker. Having already launched the redesigned R8 Spyder at the 2016 New York Auto Show, Audi took the wraps of the facelifted A3 family, which includes a hatchback, sedan, and cabriolet and their respective performance-oriented versions.

In this article we will focus on the hatchback version of the S3, which is available in both three- and five-door body styles.

Like the rest of the A3 family, the S3 Sportback gained a redesigned front fascia that includes Audi’s new styling language, an updated rear end, enhanced technology, and a slightly more powerful drivetrain. In other words, we’re dealing with a regular facelift created with one thought in mind: keep the car fresh until the next-generation model arrives.

The bad news is that the S3 Sportback won’t cross the pond to the U.S. for now, where Audi doesn’t sell the A3 hatch or any of its derivatives. However, if you’re on the market for a performance-oriented compact Audi will be happy to sell you the S3 sedan or S3 convertible. If a hatchback is what you need, you will have to look somewhere else. Be that as it may, let’s have a closer look at the S3 Sportback and find out how the new compact stacks up against other performance hatchbacks.

Updated 04/07/2016: Audi dropped the official details on the revised A3 family, including the 2017 S3 three- and five-doors hatchback versions.

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2017 Audi S3 Cabriolet

2017 Audi S3 Cabriolet

Audi put some serious work into the S3’s facelift.

Here in the U.S., we would love to get our hands on the Audi RS3, but for one reason or another, we just aren’t worthy of such greatness. Instead, we have to settle for lesser compact models from Audi. Sure there is the A3, but that’s a little too bland for some of us, which is why we were so excited when the S3 came to the States for 2015. The S3 entered its third generation in 2013, which means the 2017 model year is about the right time for a mid-cycle update and update Audi did.

That last sentence may influence you to think there are some radical changes to talk about, and in some ways there are, but for the most part, the updates were pretty mild. We do have some new technology to talk about, some new safety features, and even some drivetrain upgrades that will keep us happy until Audi can enlighten us with a fourth-generation model. Furthermore, most of the front end has been updated to bring a sleeker and sexier looking cabriolet to the masses.

For now, we’ve only seen the European specifications for the updated S3, but it should give us a good idea of what will be coming to U.S. shores, if the cabriolet actually makes it here. With competition like the BMW M235i lurking in the waters, Audi has some pretty stiff competition to keep up with. Do this new updates bring enough to the table to satisfy consumers enough to draw them toward the four rings? Well, let’s take a look and see.

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2015 Audi S3 Limited Edition

2015 Audi S3 Limited Edition

The S3 sedan is arguably the most under-appreciated sports sedan in the Audi lineup. Granted, it’s the smallest of its kind there so some people will overlook it. But do so at your own peril. The S3 is a mean sedan that’ll surprise you the first chance it gets, more so now that Audi’s preparing to release the S3 Limited Edition. Unfortunately, Audi gets no points for naming creativity, although I don’t think it cares a lot about that. What it does care about is personalizing the model to make it stand out and it did just that with this set of limited S3s.

The German automaker will build only 350 examples of the S3 Limited Edition so it does live up to its name. Buyers lucky enough to score one of the 350 models will receive a specially prepared model that features a bevy of cosmetic and performance upgrades on the exterior and interior, making the model worth its name.

Audi hasn’t divulged details on when the car will be sold or how much it’s going to go for, but I’ll venture a guess that it’ll hit U.S. dealerships sooner than later with an estimated price tag well north of the $41,100 base price.

The Audi S3 is powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine that produces 296 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and mates to an S-tronic transmission. The S3 is capable of hitting 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

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2014 Audi S3 2.0 TFSI quattro By MTM

2014 Audi S3 2.0 TFSI quattro By MTM

I had once the privilege of driving a buddy’s Audi S3. It was a few years ago and while my memory’s admittedly hazy of the circumstances behind it, I do remember feeling a little woozy after that encounter. The S3’s a powerful little sucker that much I can tell you. I can only imagine how the S3 would feel like with this aftermarket program from MTM on the table.

The German tuner has a history of bringing out the best in Audis. Whether its the A1 or the R8, there’s probably an MTM program for it. This time, though, it’s the S3 that takes the spotlight, thanks to a measured tuning upgrade that doesn’t pull any punches.

Don’t expect any aesthetic improvements here. MTM built the program with power and efficiency in mind so it’s all meat, bones, and all that dirty stuff under the hood. The good news is that the tuner’s kit will be available across all variants of the S3. Whether it’s the saloon, cabriolet, sportback, there’s enough MTM love to go around.

All together, an MTM-tuned Audi S3 will cost €62,000, which is about $83,000 based on the exchange rates on 8/4/2014. The kit itself retails for €13,000 ($17,400) so you can have the choice of paying just for that, or for the entire thing, S3 included.

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2015 Audi S3 Sedan

2015 Audi S3 Sedan

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.

Updated 06/19/2014: Audi announced today prices for the 2015 S3 sedan set to go on sale late summer of this year. Prices will start from $41,100.

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2014 Audi S3 Sedan By ABT Sportsline

2014 Audi S3 Sedan By ABT Sportsline

Take a small peak at Audi’s entire lineup and it’s easy to get entranced by all the options that are before you. But even with all of its high-grade models, Audi’s S3 sedan is one of those rare models that offer a nice blend of luxury, sportiness, and performance. That’s probably the biggest reason why ABT Sportsline chose the S3 for its latest aftermarket program.

Combining healthy doses of aerodynamic and performance upgrades, ABT Sportsline took the task of turning up the volume on the S3 sedan’s capabilities, and in the process unleashing the sports saloon’s full potential.

Countless other aftermarket tuners have built their own aftermarket interpretations for the S3. It’s just that this new project from ABT Sportsline leaves you wondering why people consider those other options when turning to this particular tuner will net you every modification you could ever want for the S3.

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2014 Audi S3 Cabriolet

2014 Audi S3 Cabriolet

Today joining the list of manufacturers who have showcased their cars ahead of the official release in Geneva is Audi with the S3 Cabriolet.

The S3 Cabriolet is the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer’s attempt at creating a new convertible for everyday use with a slightly insane engine, and the automaker has succeeded.

With prices announced and delivery of the S3 cabriolet expected to begin this summer in Germany, the new Audi convertible, with it’s high power and relatively low cost, will certainly act as a high volume generator for the German car maker.

As of now, we do not have any news of the new convertible arriving to the U.S. shores soon but still we welcome the new entrant as it creates a new segment where we will hope to soon see more challengers.

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2015 Audi S3 Plus

2015 Audi S3 Plus

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.

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

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2013 Audi AS3 by ABT Sportsline

2013 Audi AS3 by ABT Sportsline

You would think that the Audi S3, the company’s performance-oriented version of the A3, already has enough power under its hood to satisfy some customers.

While that may be true for some, others would want some extra juice, or in this case 70 horsepower’s worth.

That’s where ABT Sportsline comes into the picture. The German tuning firm has become one of the foremost Audi tuners in the world, and its latest take on the S3 just goes to show that the possibilities are endless if you know what you’re doing.

There aren’t a lot of aerodynamic changes done to the S3, as far as this program is concerned, but there’s always room for improvement on the performance front. ABT did so by installing its own ECU unit, jumping the power of the S3 Coupe to an impressive 370 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. That’s a serious improvement from the standard 300-horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque output of the standard S3 Coupe.

With this, ABT slashed five-tenths of a second off of the S3’s 0-to-60 mph time, now hitting it at 4.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 165 mph.

With all the attention paid on the engine upgrade, it’s important to note that ABT also offering a new set of wheels for the S3 , with sizes ranging from 18 to 20 inches, as well as new fender inserts that ABT says underscores the car’s dynamic character.

With ABT, who are we to disagree.

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2014 Audi S3 Sportback

2014 Audi S3 Sportback

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.

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2015 Audi S3 Convertible

2015 Audi S3 Convertible

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.

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2013 Audi S3

2013 Audi S3

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.

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2007 Audi S3

2007 Audi S3

Dynamism, sportiness and sophistication are the key words to define the new Audi S3, the top of the range model for the A3 series. Featuring a 265 bhp boosted version of the already known 122 cui TFSI engine (that offers only 200 bhp on the Audi A3 2.0 TFSI and Volkswagen Golf GTI) and Quattro permanent four-wheel drive the newcomer hot hatch pursues the ideal of pure driving pleasure coupled simultaneously with excellent everyday practicality - like all Audi S models.

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1999 - 2003 Audi S3

1999 - 2003 Audi S3

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. 0Features0
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