|Audi very recently revealed the latest rendition of the S3 Sportback that features an overhauled 2.0 TFSI 4-cylinder powerplant from the previous edition.|
Audi S3 Sportback is lowered and weights lighter
The new S3 Sportback’s dimensions have been increased, where the front axle extends forward by 52 mm compared to its predecessor. For the powerplant, the 2.0 TFSI weights 5kgs lighter and is tilted backward by 12 degrees. Ride height has been lowered by 25mm, thanks to advanced suspension setup and the S Sport.
Fitted with 7.5 J x 18 wheels and 225/40R18 tyres, the Audi S3 Sportback is ensured of impeccable handling and fuel efficiency connotation. In efforts to reduce overall weight of the car, the Audi S3 Sportback’s lightweight construction spots a curb weight of 1,445 kgs, almost 70 kgs lighter than the previous edition.
The 2.0TFSI powerplant is capable of delivering 300 hp at 5,500 rpm and 380 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 5,500 rpm, while ensuring direct responsiveness and a desirable ‘Sportily sonorous sound’. When the Audi drive select system is in dynamic mode, the engine’s power is also underscored acoustically. Though the S3 Sportback’s powerplant performs up to the standards of performance cars, the fuel consumption is pretty decent at just 6.9 liters per 100 km on average, and when paired to the S tronic gearbox it goes up slightly to 7.0 liters/100km.
When equipped with the optional six-speed S tronic, the S3 Sportback sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in only 5.0 seconds. Whereas, the regular six-speed manual transmission records 5.5 sec in a 0 – 100km/h dash. Top speed is electronically governed at 250 km/h. Further, the dual-clutch transmission can be controlled via optional shift paddles on the steering, whilst the D, S and manual drive modes are available for the driver at a nudge of a switch. Coupled with the Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Efficiency and Individual modes, which are operable via the MMI radio, the driver is bound to enjoy the drive on the S3 Sportback even more. An optional Audi magnetic ride system which regulates shock absorbers is also available.
The S3 Sportback is instilled standard quattro permanent all-wheel drive and a redesigned multi-plate clutch. Additionally, it has an Audi drive select which handles characteristics of the electronic gas pedal, shift points of the optional S tronic and the steering ratio for progressive steering.
Effective braking relies on the calipers of the large brakes, which measure 340mm in diameter up front, are painted black and bear S logos; red calipers are also available. Along with the rear axle’s electromechanical parking brake and Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC), the Audi S3 Sportback is quite bountiful for an adventurous drive.