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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Entry Premium

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 with all-wheel-drive and the S3 was no exception.

From the outside, it looked almost like a regular Audi A3, but few clues could tell the difference. The front single-frame grille was surrounded by a silver rim. The aerodynamic package was different and the door-mirrors were silver as well. In the back, a roof-spoiler enhanced the aerodynamic flow to the back. Under the bumper, two tailpipes were discretely showing their presence.

Inside, the S3 was fitted with sport-bucket seats in the front. The pedals, gear-knob, and air-vents were made out of aluminum. The red and silver S3 badge was found on the leather seats and the steering wheel as well.

The powerplant was a 2.0-liter gasoline engine featuring direct fuel injection and a turbocharger. It could boost up to 1.2-bar of pressure (17.4 psi), which was unusual for a production vehicle. Power went to all four wheels via a 6-speed manual fitted as standard and a Haldex center differential.

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AUDI S3 2006 - 2008
  1 gasoline engine
  • 2.0 TFSI 6MT AWD (265 HP)

AUDI S3 2.0 TFSI 6MT AWD (265 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0 TFSI 6MT AWD (265 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1984 cm3
Power
195 KW @ 6000 RPM
265 HP @ 6000 RPM
261 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
258 lb-ft @ 2500-5000 RPM
350 Nm @ 2500-5000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155.3 mph (250 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/40 ZR18
DIMENSIONS
Length
165.5 in (4204 mm)
Width
69.5 in (1765 mm)
Height
55.9 in (1420 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.5/59.7 in (1,537/1,516 mm)
Wheelbase
101.5 in (2578 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.9 cuFT (280 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3207.7 lbs (1455 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4442 lbs (2015 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19 mpg US (12.4 L/100Km)
Highway
32.7 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)
Combined
25.9 mpg US (9.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
217 g/km
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