|New A3 range performance flagship expected to open for UK ordering in early September – first UK customer deliveries scheduled for January 2007|
- New A3 range
performance flagship expected to open for UK ordering in early September – first
UK customer deliveries scheduled for January 2007
- Estimated UK
OTR price approximately £27,000
- Specially developed 2.0 Turbo FSI engine features alloy head, new
turbo charger with enlarged turbine and compressor rotor and modified
intercooler. 265PS@6,000rpm, 350Nm from 2,500rpm to 5,000rpm
- 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds, top speed limited to 155mph, combined mpg
- Six-speed manual gearbox with reduced shift travel, quattro four-wheel-drive
- Sports suspension incorporating greater aluminium content and revised
spring and damper settings, power steering settings modified for optimum
feel and response
- Exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels and S quattro body styling with trademark
aluminium-look door mirror surrounds, enhanced sports interior
Ingolstadt , 1 August 2006
Dynamism and driving pleasure
Dynamism, sportiness and
sophistication – the Audi A3 holds an outstanding
position in the premium compact class. Now its top-of-the-range version is
ready to go, the new Audi S3 boasting 265PS and quattro permanent four-wheel
drive. With its sparkling performance it pursues the ideal of pure driving
pleasure coupled simultaneously with excellent everyday practicality – like
all Audi S models.
The S3 redefines the standards
of its class – at the level of a sports
car. The sprint to 62mph is accomplished in 5.7 seconds, and acceleration is
only halted on reaching 155mph. Aggressively hard-hitting, free-revving and
with a sonorous acoustic profile, the powerful two-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder
unit with FSI petrol direct injection proves to be a smooth, high-performance
This power is transmitted by the six-speed gearbox and quattro permanent
four-wheel drive to large alloy wheels with an 18-inch diameter. The new S
sports suspension system on the S3 enables an extremely sporty driving style
combined with the ultimate in comfort. This sporty compact model responds actively
to steering movements, exhibits precise and safe handling characteristics and,
thanks to quattro technology, enables maximum acceleration out of bends.
The dynamic potential of this three-door sports car is obvious at first glance.
The single-frame grille sports chrome trim, the front skirt has a spoiler with
large air-intakes and the side sills have been restyled. There is a contrasting
platinum grey diffuser built into the rear skirt, along with two S-style oval
chrome tailpipes. Aluminium-look door mirrors and a body-colour roof spoiler
give added impact to the visual statement.
Interior: Sporty atmosphere
The interior conveys an atmosphere of sportiness, with materials of the highest
quality and painstaking craftsmanship. The elements that dominate the styling
are the sports seats with prominent side sections, the black headlining, also
available in silver, and the instrument cluster with its special dials and
The pedals, gear knob
and air vents are in aluminium look, the inlays are in Piano finish black,
or alternatively Aluminium or Fine grain birch wood grey. The red and silver
S3 emblem is to be found on the leather sports steering wheel, in the instrument
cluster, on the gear knob and on the door sill trims. The seats are upholstered
in a combination of cloth and leather or, as an option, in Alcantara/leather
or completely in leather. The two-tone leather seats are decorated with stitching
in the same colour as their centre section.
TFSI in its most powerful form
The power plant of the
S3 delivers all that is expected of a powerful sports engine, and does it
supremely well. The 2.0 TFSI, which combines direct injection and turbocharger
technology, delivers 265PS at 6,000 rpm. And at just 2,500 rpm it already
musters up an impressive 350 Nm of torque – this pulling
power remains constant up to 5,000 rpm. In the combined driving cycle the 2.0
TFSI displays another welcome character trait, its FSI direct petrol injection
technology contributing to an impressive combined economy figure of 25.7mpg.
Compared with the A3,
this engine is an advanced version which has undergone fundamental changes.
The new turbocharger with its enlarged turbine and compressor rotor generates
1.2 bar of boost pressure – an unusually high figure.
A modified intercooler significantly lowers the temperature of the compressed
air, thus increasing the air mass necessary for combustion.
Pistons with stronger pins and strengthened connecting rods with new bearings
transmit the powerful forces to the crankshaft. The cylinder block has been
stiffened up and the head is made of a new, highly heat-resistant alloy.
The exhaust camshaft timing has been adjusted to accommodate the increased
power output. High-pressure injectors with an enlarged cross-section squirt
the fuel straight into the combustion chamber.
Despite all this progressive
engineering, the high-performance turbo weighs in at just 152 kilos, which
is less than comparable power plants from direct competitors, and this has
a positive effect on the axle load distribution. The compact dimensions of
the 2.0 TFSI make it suitable for transverse installation, which brings benefits
in terms of the S3’s interior space and luggage
To go with its sporty nature and firm handling, the new Audi S3 has a six-speed,
close-ratio manual gearbox. Gearshift travel has been reduced for the S3, enabling
even sportier and more precise gear changes. As is the case for all
Audi S models, the new
S3 drives all four wheels by means of quattro permanent four-wheel drive.
An electronically controlled multi-plate clutch, positioned at the rear for
the benefit of weight balance, distributes the torque as needed – delivering
plenty of grip and maximum driving safety. All the components in the drive
train have been strengthened to cope with the high level of engine torque
Handling: Lightning-fast reactions
In terms of handling, the Audi S3 exhibits all the qualities of a high-performance
sports car; it responds immediately to steering movements and achieves high
cornering speeds. The innately sophisticated suspension of the
A3 – with subframes front and rear, triangulated lower wishbones at
the front and four-link suspension at the rear – has been further refined.
Springs and shock absorbers are stiffer, and the body sits 25 mm lower than
an A3 with standard suspension. Aluminium pivot bearings and wishbones reduce
the weight of the front suspension. Stiffer suspension mounts and a sportier
characteristic for the electro-mechanical steering convey even greater dynamism
and precision. 18-inch alloy wheels and 225/40 tyres ensure firm adhesion to
the road surface. A high performance brake system with sports brake pads ensures
maximum deceleration; the black painted callipers bear S3 emblems.
The extras also include
a leather steering wheel with flat-bottomed rim and – in
the quattro GmbH range – folding bucket seats. In the infotainment area,
Audi is presenting a new generation of audio systems. The premium package is
rounded off by universal interfaces for mobile phone and iPod, plus a sound
system from Bose. Standard equipment includes deluxe automatic air conditioning,
a driver information system with a new lap-timer function, and an anti-theft
alarm. Front fog lights and xenon plus headlights with daytime running lights
underline the impressive price/performance ratio. The basic price of the 265
bhp Audi S3 in Germany is EUR 35,150.