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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Entry Premium

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 now integrated in the headlights, revised front wings and rear light clusters. Inside, the interior trim was slightly upgraded with a digital clock and different audio packages.

The 1.8-liter turbocharged gasoline engine was upgraded with a variable valve timing technology, the new S3 now benefiting from a 15 hp boost.

The standard features available with the S3 included xenon HID headlamps, headlights washers, fog lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, Recaro leather seats, climate control, electronic traction control, and an electronic stability program.

Stand-alone options included a premium Bose audio system, a trunk-mounted 6-disc CD changer, metallic paint, bigger 18-inch alloys, a glass sunroof, parking assist, heated front seats, cruise control, and part-leather combinations of seat upholstery.

Although marketed as “Quattro”, the S3 was actually equipped with a Haldex system that was designed to adjust the traction depending on the grip level.

The Audi S3 was not available for purchase on the North American market.

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AUDI S3 2001 - 2003
  1 gasoline engine
  • 1.8T 6MT AWD (225 HP)

AUDI S3 1.8T 6MT AWD (225 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8T 6MT AWD (225 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1781 cm3
Power
165 KW @ 5900 RPM
225 HP @ 5900 RPM
221 BHP @ 5900 RPM
Torque
207 lb-ft @ 2200-5500 RPM
280 Nm @ 2200-5500 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
151 mph (243 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
6.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/45 R17W
DIMENSIONS
Length
163.7 in (4158 mm)
Width
69.4 in (1763 mm)
Height
55.7 in (1415 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.1/59.2 in (1,527/1,504 mm)
Wheelbase
99.2 in (2520 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.5 cuFT (269 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3131.1 lbs (1420 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4365.9 lbs (1980 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17.7 mpg US (13.3 L/100Km)
Highway
33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
Combined
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
226 g/km
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