Audi has revealed the fourth-generation of its popular S3 Sportback.
The iconic Audi performance car has always appealed to those who need room for a family and their luggage but enjoy the driving dynamics associated with the S3 badge.
This new S3 builds on the reputation of its predecessors. The design and styling and purposeful, with a reshaped grille mesh pattern and larger front bumper aero ducts.
Audi S3 design language
Completing the S3 design language at the rear, are twin exhaust pipes at each corner of the bumper and a diffuser. The new S3 Sportback also rolls two alloy wheel options, in 18- and 19-inch sizes.
Although the latter unquestionably looks best, for South African road conditions the 18-inch wheel might be superior, with its smaller size and larger tyre profile cushioning ride impacts and manhole edges.
Inside the S3 there is a blend of motorsport-themed design and digitisation. Audi’s digital cockpit is contrasted with aluminium and carbon-fibre cabin inserts, assisting the S3 Sportback cabin in feeling sportier than other A3s.
Pursuit of performance: Connectivity
Connectivity is not ignored in the pursuit of performance, with this new Sportback. Audi is offering its connect key function, which allows a smartphone to lock and unlock doors or start the engine, remotely. This feature is part of an Android adaption for Audi.
POTENT FOUR-CYLINDER ENGINE
Driving dynamics are the reason that Audi brand fans are willing to pay a premium for the S3 Sportback and this latest version does not disappoint. It is powered by a potent 228kW turbocharged engine.
This two-litre four-cylinder petrol engine also produces 400Nm of torque and thanks to Audi’s excellent Quattro all-wheel drive system, traction is immense. The S3 Sportback is capable of deeply impressive acceleration, thanks in no small part due to the combination of that all-wheel drive system and a rapidly shifting even-speed S Tronic transmission.
On a high friction surface, Audi claims that its new five-door performance car will be good for 0-100km/h in only 4.8 seconds, before powering to a top speed of 250km/h.
Beyond the new S3 Sportback’s sheer speed, it also offers a rewarding driving experience. The suspension configuration has been adjusted, lowering the car by 15mm compared to other A3s. This lower centre of gravity reducing body roll during high-speed cornering.
The new S3 Sportback is scheduled to be launched in South Africa during the second half of 2021.