2021 Audi S3 Revealed In Sportback And Sedan Flavors With 306 HP

More dynamics, more power, more driving pleasure:
The Audi S3 Sportback and the Audi S3 Sedan

Powerful 2.0 TFSI engine with 228 kW (310 hp) 2 of power and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque
Seven-speed S tronic, S-specific sport suspension and quattro all-wheel drive
as standard
Driver-focused cockpit, full-size class technology
Limited edition model in Python Yellow or Tango Red

20 years ago Audi opened up the premium sports compact market segment with the first S3. Now the brand presents the new generation – an S3 Sportback and an S3 sedan. Its 2.0 TFSI engine produces 228 kW (310 hp) of power and 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft) of torque. Both models (S3 Sportback: combined fuel consumption in L / 100 km: 7.4 (31.8 mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g / km: 170 to 169 (273.6 at 272.0 g / mi); S3 Sedan: combined fuel consumption in l / 100 km: 7.3 to 7.2 (32.2 to 32.7 mpg); CO2 emissions in cycle combined in g / km: 166 to 165 (267.2 to 265.5 g / mi)) acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h (62.1 mph) in 4.8 seconds. A seven-speed S tronic, quattro transmission with intelligent control and an S-specific sport suspension with optional damping control deliver power to the road effortlessly. A number of other new features – including the operating concept, infotainment and assistance systems – complement the high-tech character of the S3 models.

Characteristic design and lighting
The new S33 models show their dynamic character at first glance. The front is dominated by the Singleframe with its large diamond-shaped grille and impressive air intakes, while the exterior mirror housings have a shiny aluminum look. The shoulder of the body extends in a strong line from the headlights to the taillights. The areas below are curved inward – a new design element from Audi that places more emphasis on the wheel arches.

The new S3 Sportback4 and S3 Sedan5 can be fitted with LED matrix headlights on request. Their digital daytime running lights consist of an array of pixels made up of 15 LED segments, ten of which form two vertical lines. At the rear, the large diffuser and the four tailpipes accentuate the sporty look.

Powerful workout
With an output of 228 kW (310 hp) and a torque of 400 Nm (295.0 lb-ft), the new S33 models are powered by the 2.0 TFSI3 engine. High-tech features like the Audi valvelift (AVS) system – which adjusts the lift of the intake valves as needed – mean the combustion chambers are well filled, while thermal management helps ensure high efficiency. Both models3 accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h (62.1 mph) in 4.8 seconds to reach an electronically controlled top speed of 250 km / h (155.3 mph). The driver can use the standard-series Audi drive selection system to make the sound of the powerful four-cylinder turbo engine even sharper.

The seven-speed S tronic with lightning-fast gear changes and freewheel function and quattro all-wheel drive deliver torque to the road. The hydraulic multi-plate clutch at the front of the rear axle is fully variable and shifts between front and rear as needed, combining dynamic performance with stability and efficiency. It is managed by Modular Dynamic Management Control – a new system that tightly links the quattro drive to the optional Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) and controlled dampers.

Dynamic suspension
With its four-link rear axle and progressive steering, the standard suspension offers everything you need for a pleasant ride. It lowers the body by 15 millimeters (0.6 in). Audi can also install the S-series sport suspension with damping control on request. Valves control the flow of oil through the shock absorbers so that they adapt to the road condition, driving situation and driver demands of an individual and continuously in a few thousandths of a second. The gap between comfort and dynamism is even wider than for the previous model.

The new electric brake booster provides strong and spontaneous deceleration. All four brake discs are internally ventilated. The brake calipers come standard in black, with red as an option. S33 models come with 18-inch wheels as standard, with 19-inch wheels available as an option.

Generous space concept
Compared to their predecessors, the new S33 models have grown in size: the Sportback4 and Sedan5 are three centimeters (1.2 in) and four centimeters (1.6 in) taller respectively, while both models are three centimeters (1.2 in) wider.

The five-door car is now 4.34 meters (14.2 feet) long, while the four-door is 4.50 meters (14.8 feet). Except for minor differences, the two body variants are identical in terms of width (1.82m (6.0ft)), height (1.43m (4.7ft)) and wheelbase (2, 64 m (8.7 ft)). The interior provides more shoulder and elbow room. The luggage compartment of the S3 Sportback4 can hold between 325 and 1,145 liters (11.5 to 40.4 cu ft) depending on the rear seat position, while the Sedan5 has a capacity of 370 liters (13.1 cu ft) .

Sporty interior
The surprisingly sporty design of the new S33 models continues inside – with the new compact gear lever for the seven-speed S tronic and decorative aluminum or carbon inlays whose design evokes the headlight cut. The cockpit is centered on the driver. The distinctive air vents form a single unit with the instrument cover, emphasizing the sporty character. A 10.25-inch digital screen is offered as standard. Alternatively, the Audi virtual cockpit and its “plus” version can be selected. Both are 12.3 inches diagonally, with the latter also offering three different screens. The optional ambient lighting package plus offers targeted lighting effects in the dark. The sport seats have been recently developed and their standard series upholstery is largely made from recycled PET bottles, accented by stylish contrast stitching.

In the middle of the dashboard is a 10.1-inch touchscreen built into a large black panel. It recognizes hand-entered letters and provides acoustic feedback. As an additional level of control, the infotainment can also be controlled by voice using natural language as standard. Audi also offers an optional head-up display.

A new generation of infotainment
The MMI operating concept of the new S33 models is powered by the Modular Third Generation Infotainment Platform (MIB 3). Its computing power is ten times that of its predecessor, it performs all the tasks related to connectivity with LTE Advanced speed, and it has a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. Route guidance is flexible and precise. The navigation offers forecasts of the evolution of the traffic situation, high resolution satellite images from Google Earth and information on the traffic flow. Individual settings, such as frequently selected destinations or climate preferences, can be saved in up to six user profiles.

Audi connect online services also include car-to-X services, which help find available parking spaces on the side of the road or allow the driver to ride the green wave by communicating with traffic lights in areas cities like Düsseldorf and Ingolstadt. Connectivity between the new Audi S33 and the user’s smartphone is free via the myAudi app, as well as via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the Audi phone box – which connects the device to the vehicle’s antenna and the charge inductively.

Another feature is the Audi connect key, which allows the customer to lock and unlock the car and start the engine via their Android smartphone. For HiFi fans, the high-end Bang & Olufsen audio system with 3D sound offers a particularly spatial soundscape.

Useful driver assistance systems
The driver assistance systems of the new S33 models also demonstrate Audi’s technical expertise. Audi pre sense front, swerve assist with cornering assistance and lane departure warning all have the potential to prevent accidents and are included as standard. Other assistance systems, such as lane change and exit warnings as well as cross traffic and park assist systems, are available as options. The adaptive cruise assistant facilitates longitudinal and lateral guidance. It maintains speed and distance to the vehicle in front and assists in lane guidance with gentle steering interventions. The efficiency aid supports an economical driving style.

Scheduled: market launch and price
Presale of the new S33 compact models begins in many European countries in August 2020, with the first vehicles being delivered to dealers from early October. In Germany, prices for the S3 Sportback4 start at € 46,302.53, while the S3 Sedan5 is listed at € 47,179.83. The market launch is accompanied by the limited “Edition one”. It comes in Python Yellow (Sportback) or Tango Red (Sedan) paint finishes with black accents and has 19-inch wheels and fine Nappa leather sport seats.

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