Audi S3 MK3

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Description

The third generation of the Audi S3 was launched in 2013 and received a facelift in 2016, as the performance version of the A3 sitting below the range topping RS3 Sportback.

The car is powered by a more powerful 2.0 TFSI engine with an output of 300 hp (221 kw) and 380 Nm of torque. Audi states that the only thing in common with the previous generation is the displacement of 1,984cc. The engine features new pistons with stronger bolts and new rings, as well as reinforced connecting rods with new mounts transferring the power to the crankshaft. The cylinder head is made of a new lightweight aluminium alloy designed with high strength and temperature resistance in mind. The engine weighs in at 148 kilograms, which is 5 kilograms less than the previous generation. When equipped with the optional six-speed S tronic, the Audi S3 Sportback sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in only 5.0 seconds thanks to the quattro AWD system. The six-speed manual transmission needs just five-tenths of a second more while the 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 Audi S3 MK3  is based on the MQB platform which means that in comparison with its predecessor the front axle has been moved forward by 42 millimeters (1.65 in) and the engine is assembled with a 12-degree slope backwards. The subframe and the hinge bearing for the front suspension are made of aluminum, as are the front fenders and the hood. Together with the lighter engine they save around 22 kilograms of weight. Progressive steering is one of the innovations the Audi S3 MK3. Its rack is meshed such that the gear ratio varies independently of steering input, making it more direct in the event of strong steering maneuvers. The front suspension is a McPherson construction and the rear suspension is a four-link while three wishbones per wheel are attached rigidly to the steel subframe for enhanced handling.

The exterior of the Audi S3 MK3 is considered to be subtle for a hot hatch that is offering that level of performance. A trained eye will notice the larger intakes on the redesigned bumpers, the aluminium-style mirror housings and the grille that features horizontal lines with chrome finish and the red s3 logo. At the rear, noone can mistake the S3 for a base model thanks to the four exhaust pipes (two on each side), the diffuser and the roof spoiler. Inside, we find sports seats, high quality upholstery (Nappa leather, Alcantara, Velvet), S dials on the instrument cluster, special S3 screen on the infotainment system, sports steering wheel bearing the S3 emblem and aluminium switches, as well as brushed stainless steel pedals.

Source: Audi, Wikipedia

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Additional information

Model

Audi S3 MK3 (Manual/S-Tronic)

Production

2013-2016

Segment

C

Doors

3/5

Layout

AWD

Engine Displacement

1984 cm3

Cylinders

L4

Induction

Turbocharged

Fuel

Gasoline

Fuel System

Direct Injection

Power (hp)

310

Power (kw)

221

Power (@rpm)

@6800 rpm

Torque (Nm)

380

Torque (@rpm)

@1800-5500 rpm

0-100km/h

5,4 sec (Manual) / 5,1 sec (S-Tronic)

Top Speed (km/h)

250 km/h

Top Speed (mph)

155 mph

Consumption (lt/100km)

7,1 (Manual) / 6,9 (S-Tronic)

CO2 (g/km)

163 g/km (Manual) / 159 g/km (S-Tronic)

Gearbox

6 MT (Manual) / 7 AT (S-Tronic)

Weight

1480 kg (Manual) / 1500 kg (S-Tronic)

Length

4255 mm

Width

1778 mm

Height

1402 mm

Wheelbase

2596 mm

Front Track

1534 mm

Rear Track

1511 mm

Boot Space

365 liters

Tire Size

225/40 R18

Front Brakes

345 mm Ventilated Discs

Rear Brakes

310 mm Discs