Audi S3 Sportback

From Audi press: Momentum is also available at the dynamic pinnacle of the A3 family: The S3 is joined by the Audi S3 Sportback. It has the same immensely powerful engine under its hood: The 2.0 TFSI has an output of 195 kW (265 hp); its maximum torque of 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) is constantly available from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. The turbocharged direct injection engine catapults the Audi S3 Sportback into the exclusive class of compact, fast sports cars.

In comparison with the A3, the two-liter engine in the S3 has been intensively further developed. The turbo, with its upsized turbine and compressor turbine wheel, builds up a relative charge pressure of up to 1.2 bar. A reengineered charge air cooler significantly lowers the temperature of the compressed air and thereby increases the air mass required for combustion.

Pistons with reinforced pins operate within this, the most powerful TFSI engine; reinforced, newly mounted connecting rods transmit the forces onto the crankshaft. The cylinder block has been stiffened, with its head being cast from a new, high-temperature alloy. The exhaust camshaft timing has been adapted to the increased output, whilst the high-pressure injectors have been provided with increased cross-sections. With all of its concentrated technology, the highperformance, turbocharged engine weighs just 152 kg (335.10 lb), less than comparable engines from direct competitors.

The Audi S3 Sportback implements its dynamic potential in full. The sprint to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) takes just 5.8 seconds, with propulsion only being ended at 250 km/h (155.34 mph) by the electronic limiter. However, the high-tech four-cylinder consumes an average of only 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (27.67 mpg) - further proof of Audi's successful efficiency strategy.

Like the S3, the Audi S3 Sportback is also a consistent driving machine. The six-speed manual transmission, which is also characterized by its high efficiency, is closely spaced with reduced shift travel.

It conducts the high-performance engine's output to its quattro powertrain, which is fitted as standard in all of Audi's S models. An electronically controlled, hydraulic multi-plate clutch, which is located in the rear end for better weight balance, distributes the torque as required, ensuring uncompromising grip and maximum driving safety. All of the powertrain's components have been reinforced.

The new Audi S3 Sportback and the three-door S3 also appear even sharper. These two dynamic high-flyers can be recognized at first glance thanks to a range of sharp lines - on the roof spoiler and the side sills, for example.

The radiator grille is fitted with chrome-plated, vertical double bars, the bumper with a powerful spoiler lip. Chrome rings border the fog lamps. A platinum gray diffuser and two large, oval exhaust tailpipes sharpen up the rear end.

In the interior, sports seats with cloth and leather covers welcome the driver and the passenger. In the Audi exclusive range from quattro GmbH, racing fans will find bucket seats (folding in the 3-door S3) and a leather-covered sports steering wheel with flattened rim at the bottom. Inlays in piano finish black, a black or silver roof lining plus aluminum pedals and door sill strips lend further highlights to the impression of noble sportiness. Seven color and cloth variants and three inlay variants are available. A deluxe automatic air conditioning system, an antitheft alarm system and xenon plus headlamps round off the lavish standard equipment.

Gallery: Audi S3 Sportback