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AUDI S3 Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 6
First production year: 1999
Engines: Gasoline
Body style: Hatchback
 

2016 - Present

In April 2016, Audi introduced the refreshed A3 lineup, and, along with the rest of the range, the German carmaker upgraded the S3 as well. Since the beginning, it was one of the hottest hot-hatches on the market, and it provided an all-wheel-drive system. Over time, while the A3 range evolved, the S3 was constantly upgraded. The third generation of the A3 was refreshed in 2016 and, two decad...

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gasoline engines:

  AUDI S3 2.0 TFSI quattro 6MT (310 HP)

2013 - 2016

The 3rd generation of the Audi S3 was released in 2013 as the fastest 4-cylinder ever built by Audi. The liter capacity was the same as for its predecessor, however, the 2.0-liter engine was developing with 35 more hp and surprisingly the fuel consumption was reduced. The car was offered with both a manual and an automatic transmission and for an extra $1836.48 buyers could get the 6-speed...

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gasoline engines:

  AUDI S3 2.0L TFSI 6MT (300 HP)

  AUDI S3 2.0L TFSI AT (300 HP)

2008 - 2012

The second generation of the Audi A3 was introduced in 2004 and it took another two years for the S3 version to be launched. In 2008, the entire range went through a mid-life cycle refresh. The S versions for Audi started with the S1 rally-car in the '80s. From then on, all the S-models featured two main common attributes: turbocharged engines and all-wheel-drive systems, named Quattro. ...

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gasoline engines:

  AUDI S3 2.0 TFSI 6AT AWD (265 HP)

  AUDI S3 2.0 TFSI 6MT AWD (265 HP)

2006 - 2008

In 2006, Audi introduced the second generation of the S3 version. It was available as a 3- and 5-door version. It was the most powerful hot-hatch on the market. Audi started the revolution of permanent all-wheel-drive back in the '80s when the first Audi S1 Quattro was introduced to the rally stage and take victory after victory from its opponents. Since then, all the Audi S-models were ...

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2001 - 2003

A more powerful version of the Audi A3 was introduced in 1999 under the nameplate of Audi S3. The S3 shared its platform with the TT, as well as with the VW Golf, Seat Leon, and Skoda Octavia. The facelifted model came to life in 2001 and featured both exterior design updates, as well as improved performance. Aesthetically, the most important changes were the new turn indicators that were ...

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1999 - 2001

Audi launched the first generation S3 model in 1999. This sportier version on the Audi A3 shared its A platform with cars like Audi TT or Seat Leon and was fitted with a 1.8L turbocharged petrol engine delivering 210-bhp. This de-tuned variant of the Audi TT engine later received a power boost of 15 bhp through a new variable valve timing system. New features included an electronic traction cont...

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