Here's a new hot hatchback that we wish was coming to the US! Audi has just unveiled the 2013 Audi S3, which is the high-performance version of the new A3. The S3 packs 300 horsepower and will go head-to-head with models like the AMG version of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
The Audi S3 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft. of torque. The four-cylinder is mated to Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system and buyers can choose between a six-speed manual or the S tronic dual-clutch transmission.
The S3 reaches 0-62 mph in 5.1 seconds when equipped with the S tronic (5.4 seconds with the manual transmission). It also has an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph.
On the outside The Audi S3 sports the S-specific single-frame grille as a symbol of uncompromised sportiness. The frame has an aluminum-look finish, and the insert is matte platinum gray. The horizontal double bars also shine in an aluminum-look finish. The newly designed bumper features aluminum-look double ribs integrated into the lateral air inlets. Pronounced edges frame the large air inlets with the high-gloss black honeycomb inserts. Additional implied air openings are found toward the wheels.
When viewed from the side, the aluminum-look exterior mirrors and the pronounced side sills catch the eye. The rear bumper has also been redesigned. The platinum gray diffuser houses the exhaust system's four oval tailpipes, which sport chrome tips. A large roof spoiler generates downforce on the rear axle. S badges adorn the rear and the single-frame grille.
The interior of the S3 gets a boost pressure indicator, an optional leather sport steering wheel has been redesigned with the flat-bottomed rim and sport seats.
The Audi S3 will arrive at dealerships in Europe in early 2013. The base price in Germany is €38,900.
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