There’s a brand new technology of the Audi A3 coming to showrooms shortly, and included within the vary as soon as once more can be a sporty S3.
Our newest spy shots present a prototype for the brand new S3 Sportback. There may even be an S3 sedan, and that is probably the one physique model we’ll see within the United States.
We know this prototype is for the S3 due to the extra aggressive aero package and quad-exhaust suggestions. And given the actual fact there’s zero camouflage gear, the reveal have to be developing quickly. Both the brand new A3 and this S3 variant needs to be in showrooms early subsequent yr as 2021 fashions.
2021 Audi S3 spy shots – Photo credit score: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
The present S3 encompasses a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-Four delivering 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, with the engine driving all 4 wheels by way of a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. The same configuration is anticipated for the brand new S3, because the new A3 technology represents extra of a heavy replace of the earlier technology reasonably than a real redesign.
We might nonetheless see energy dialed up barely for the brand new S3 and an additional gear added to the transmission. Don’t be shocked if the engine finally ends up being the two.0-liter turbo-Four that simply debuted within the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon R. It’s good for 316 hp and 310 lb-ft.
Whatever the case, we are able to count on the 0-60 mph time of the brand new S3 to enhance on the present mannequin’s 4.7 seconds.
Rivals for the S3 Sportback embody the BMW M135i and Mercedes-AMG A35 hatchbacks bought abroad. The S3 sedan will go up towards the BMW M235i Gran Coupe, Cadillac CT4-V, and Mercedes-AMG A35 and CLA35 duo.
Also within the works are extra highly effective RS Three and RS 3 Sportback fashions from Audi. A brand new A3 plug-in hybrid also needs to be within the works, probably in each sedan and hatch physique kinds this time round (beforehand the A3 plug-in hybrid was solely obtainable as a hatch).
Stay tuned for updates as growth continues.