2013 Audi S3 Sportback announced [video]

0-62 mph in five seconds

Audi has revealed the 2013 S3 Sportback which will be showcased in March at the Geneva Motor Show.

Following the launch of the three-door version last September, Ingolstadt-based automaker Audi is now showing the five-door Sportback model. Under the hood is the same 2.0-liter TFSI, direct-injection turbo engine producing 300 HP (221 kW) at 5,500 rpm and a peak torque of 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) between 1,800 and 5,500 rpm.

Connected to the optional 6-speed S Tronic, the new S3 Sportback will do the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in five seconds, while with the 6-speed manual it needs 5.5 seconds. Regardless of the gearbox choice, the top speed is electronically-limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).

With the S Tronic, the S3 Sportback returns 34.09 mpg US (40.8 mpg UK or 6.9 liters / 100 km) while with the manual it will do 33.6 mpg US (40.3 mpg UK or 7 liters / 100 km).

The 2013 Audi S3 Sportback has a curb weight of 1,445 kg (3,185 lbs), making it 70 kg (154 lbs) lighter than its predecessor. It comes with 18-inch wheels covered by low-rolling resistance tires measuring 225/40. Power is transferred to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, while the S sport suspension lowers the ride height by 25 mm. The black front calipers measure 340 mm and can be optionally painted in red.

Complete details are available in the press release section.

Source: Audi
  • New 2.0 TFSI with 221 kW (300 hp) and 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) of torque, but just 6.9 liters per 100 km (34.09 US mpg)
  • From 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.0 seconds
  • Five doors for even better functionality

221 kW (300 hp). 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) of torque. From 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.0 seconds. The new Audi S3 Sportback offers best-in-class performance. Its efficiency is also exemplary. The 2.0 TFSI averages just 6.9 liters per 100 km (34.09 US mpg).

The four-cylinder engine in the S3 Sportback has been overhauled. The only thing in common with its predecessor is a displacement of 1,984 cc. Its rated output of 221 kW (300 hp) is available at 5,500 rpm; maximum torque of 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) is constantly available from 1,800 to 5,500 rpm.

The high-performance four-cylinder engine responds immediately to the driver's wishes and boasts a sportily sonorous sound. When the Audi drive select system is in dynamic mode, the engine's power is also underscored acoustically. The 2.0 TFSI provides power and exemplary efficiency alike by relying on many new technologies, ranging from dual injection through the Audi valvelift system and an exhaust manifold integrated within the cylinder head to innovative thermal management.

When equipped with the optional six-speed S tronic, the S3 Sportback sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in only 5.0 seconds. The six-speed manual transmission needs just five-tenths of a second more. Top speed is electronically governed at 250 km/h (155.34 mph). Launch Control delivers the engine's power to the road with defined tire slip. The 2.0 TFSI consumes just 6.9 liters per 100 km (34.09 US mpg) on average when paired with the S tronic (7.0 liters [33.60 US mpg] with the manual transmission). This engine thus requires 1.5 liters per 100 km less compared to the previous S3 Sportback.

The lower gears of both transmissions are tightly spaced for sporty performance while the tall sixth gear reduces fuel consumption. The dual-clutch transmission can be controlled via optional shift paddles on the steering wheel and offers the automatic modes D and S in addition to manual mode.

Equipped with quattro permanent all-wheel drive and a redesigned multi-plate clutch, this new high-end vehicle in the model line can accelerate more quickly and safely when exiting a corner. It is dynamic and stable in all conditions, even rain or snow.

The front axle is 52 millimeters (2.05 in) farther forward compared to the previous model. The 2.0 TFSI is more than five kilograms (11.02 lb) lighter than the previous engine and is tilted backward by 12 degrees.

In addition to a sophisticated suspension and the S sport suspension, which lowers the body by 25 millimeters (0.98 in), the axle-load distribution (59% to 41%, front to rear) and new, progressive steering contribute significantly to sporty handling. The key to progressive steering is that steering movements determine the steering ratio. This results in stable and virtually neutral steering characteristics for outstanding precision during sporty driving and easier steering while parking.

The new Audi S3 Sportback features 7.5 J x 18 wheels. The low rolling resistance of the 225/40-series tires helps reduce fuel consumption. The calipers of the large brakes, which measure 340 millimeters (13.39 in) in diameter up front, are painted black and bear S logos. They can optionally be red. The electromechanical parking brake governs the rear axle. Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) reflects latest-generation technology.

The new S3 Sportback comes standard with Audi drive select. This system handles characteristics of the electronic gas pedal, shift points of the optional S tronic and the steering ratio for progressive steering.

At the push of a button, the driver specifies whether these systems should operate in comfort, auto, dynamic or efficiency mode. An additional mode, individual, is available in models equipped with the MMI Radio or above. The optional Audi magnetic ride system, which situationally regulates the shock absorbers, is also controlled via Audi drive select.

Lightweight construction also contributes significantly to the very dynamic performance of the Audi S3 Sportback. This five-door car has a curb weight of 1,445 kilograms (3,185.68 lb) – 70 kilograms (154.32 lb) less than the previous model. Most of this reduction in weight is on account of the body.

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geffs geffs
My ideal car. I would drive it like a rally driver would. Daily.
Feb 15th, 2013 4:18am
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Kakumbaz Kakumbaz
This car looks good....
Feb 13th, 2013 5:08pm
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Ratt Ratt
Not exciting exterior design, but nothing compared to ugly as hell center console.
Feb 13th, 2013 2:58pm
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joelynn joelynn
The Audi S cars always seem a bit pointless to me... because the RSs compete with AMGs and BMW Ms but the Ss? Save a bit more and buy the RS3
Feb 13th, 2013 2:24pm
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lazyJones lazyJones
some people don't need so much power and don't want to be ostentatious, s models are fast, luxury and nice for every day, fuel consumption is also acceptable.
Feb 13th, 2013 2:33pm
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Microice Microice
'surprisingly' BMW is thinking of offering competition to the Audi S variants, on an options and trim scale I think. Some may not want to wait for or want the RS versions just like not everyone wants an M5 or C63 but want a car with good performance.
Feb 13th, 2013 2:55pm
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lazyJones lazyJones
i thought that it will have 7-speed dsg and 5th generation haldex - not permanent all wheel drive system.
Feb 13th, 2013 2:06pm
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CanOzcivelek CanOzcivelek
A45 is better then S3
Feb 13th, 2013 1:58pm
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lazyJones lazyJones
yes but amg competes with rs not s models.
Feb 13th, 2013 2:16pm
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No price tag? Hmm, might put people off if revealed.
Feb 13th, 2013 1:32pm
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EnzoTinyu EnzoTinyu
So why would I buy this over the A45 AMG?
Feb 13th, 2013 1:08pm
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lazyJones lazyJones
S3 is not A45 AMG rival, next RS3 will compete with it.
Feb 13th, 2013 2:11pm
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tumbo tumbo
Have you guys seen the blue one? My lord, that is sex on wheels. If the S3 looks this good, makes you imagine what the RS3 will look like..
Feb 13th, 2013 11:53am
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w0bble w0bble
Let's hope they figure out the engine issues with the new e888. Word on the street in Ingolstadt is that they are struggling with durability issues (gen3 e888 engine having 300 horses). The three door S3 was scheduled to go on sale in spring 2013.
Feb 13th, 2013 10:09am
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