Audi announced that they will be sending there S3 hot hatch straight from Germany to American shores. For the longest time, North American consumers have been deprived of some of the quickest vehicles from Audi’s stable, but with much protest from American consumers ( i.e. we have the demand), and with the economy picking up steam.The German automaker decided to bring this quick little sportback to compete with the likes of the Subaru WRX STI, Volvo S40 and the all new Mercedes AMG A45. Not to mention the constant threat of BMW breathing down Audi’s neck.
You gotta love Audi’s press releases as they are straight and quick to the point, only telling the information that really matters, performance. Little is mentioned about interiors, exterior styling or pricing (however more information will be revealed later in March).
Under the hood is Audi’s 2.0L TFSI (Turbo Fuel Stratified injection) engine pumping out a healthy 300 HP at 5500 RPM and 280 lb-ft of torque between 1500-5500 rpm. Audi pioneered direct injection with turbocharging so you can rely on Audi’s performance and reliability when it come to this technology. All this power is handled by either a 6 speed manual or Audi’s patented dual clutch S- Tronic transmission that’s so good that it lowers the manual’s 0-60 run time from 6 to 5 seconds flat. Combine all that power routed through a dual clutch transmission finally combined with Audi’s legendary quattro performance, and you have the ingredients to a highly potent vehicle.
Improvements from previous models include a front axle pushed forward for stability, a lighter overall engine tilted at 12 degrees for better weight distribution, an improved suspension over the A3 model and progressive steering which assists steering under low and high speeds.
With the exit of the Mitsubishi Evolution changing engines to a hybrid setup and the only car close to the S3 at the moment being the Subaru WRX Sti, the target market for this S3 hatchback will be young to middle aged men who want a more mature hot style sport compact who justify all that power by highlighting how much groceries you can fit in the back trunk.