There is now a second top model on the market, with the S3 Sportback joining the three-door Audi S3.

Along with the release of Audi's facelifted A3 comes the range-topping S3 Sportback, joining its 3-door S3 sibling at the top of the current A3 food chain. The S3 Sportback uses the same re-engineered, direct-injection turbo 2.0 TFSI engine as the S3 producing 265 hp (195 kW) with 350 Nm of torque.

The added bodywork slows the S3 Sportback slighty by 0.1 seconds on its 0-100 km/h time to 5.8 seconds (3-door S3 takes 5.7 seconds) but the 250 km/h top speed is the same for the 3-door and sportback versions. A six-speed manual transmission is hooked up to the engine delivering torque to the standard quattro (all-wheel-drive) driveline.

Besides the additional power, the S3 features a host of extras like 18 inch wheels, black brake calipers on 17 inch disk brakes, 25mm lower suspension setup, xenon plus headlamps with LED daytime running lights, new grille, bumpers and roof spoiler. The interior has its own upgrades like sport seats in cloth and Alcantara/leather or full leather, bucket seats are optional, aluminum pedals, black or silver headlining and three different styles of inlay.

Sale of the S3 Sportback will start this summer.

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