Audi S3 Reviews
Audi should understand as it pertains to hothatches, with two generations of S3s occupying a stretch of Audi history what matters. On first impressions, the fresh version's restrained styling fits nicely with the S3's history of subtle sport luxury instead of out-and-out hot-hatch thuggery.
The 2012 S3 appears sleeker and squatter.
Sunlight working LEDs and xenon headlights are suited to any or all versions, and can really be related to the navigation system. Yes, the lights can seemingly be preset to adjust to highway, interurban and city settings.
Under the S3's bonnet
In the business end, Audi has outfitted the S3 with its 2.0litre TFSI unit that'll produce 296bhp, and establish the S3 previous 62miles per hour in 5.1 seconds - offering you choose for the S-tronic automatic transmission.
What's especially notable for such a quick hatchback is the claimed joined economy amount: 40mpg.
To complement operation figures, Audi has fitted a crafty device for the exhaust system which changes the S3's exhaust note at specific engine ranges, maintaining the S3 stealthy at low rates, but throaty in case you awaken it.
As expected, the S3's energy is shipped to all four wheels via Audi's Quattro setup, while launch control could be activated in the push of the button on S-tronic versions.
What to expect within the S3
On topend versions, on board 'infotainment' will be handled using a seveninch iPad-esque media show that'll spring from the dashboard on startup, as the stereo is by Bang & Olfsen.
Be prepared to pay in the area of GBP32, 000 once the S3 lands in dealerships in early 2013, although UK pricing is still validated.View PhotosView Videos