300-HP 2013 Audi S3 Sportback unwrapped

From AB
Ingolstadt, 2013-02-13
The new Audi S3 Sportback
- 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
Audi S3 Sportback
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
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
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
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
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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