Audi Launches the 305 HP S3 Sedan and Hatch

As you’d expect, the new S3 will be powered by the VW Group’s reliable 2.0-liter TFSI engine. But this time out, it will be making about 15 more HP than the current model.

Making roughly 305.7 (310 PS) and 295 lb-ft of torque, Audi estimates that the new S3 will be able to hit 62 mph in just 4.8 seconds. That speed will mount to a limited top speed of 155 mph.

With drive-select, drivers will be able to pick how loud their engine sounds and a 7-speed S tronic transmission will take on shifting duties. Naturally, quattro AWD is a given.

The S3 should be pretty handy around the bends, too, with a suspension that’s 15 mm (0.6-inches) lower than on the standard A3. Damper control will be available with the S sport suspension option.

Audi has fitted the car with an electric brake booster, which has advantages, but which Audi describes as “strong and spontaneous.” We want half of those things…

The car sits on standard 18s but you can get 19-inch wheels if you feel like ticking some options boxes. As was originally reported by Periodiso del Motor in late July, the S3 has “digital daytime running lights.” That means that a pixel array made up of 15 LED segments have been arranged to be a fun little design.

Like the standard A3, the S3 grows in size all over. It’s 1.2 inches wider and the sedan is about an inch and a half longer than the outgoing S3. It also benefits from fancy new infotainment powered by MIB 3, which means you get Google earth, information about traffic flow, and car-to-X services.

The sound of your podcasts, meanwhile, will come from Bang & Olufsen speakers. European sales start in the fall. There has been no announcement as regards a US market launch.