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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Entry Premium

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.

The 2008 Audi S3 was offered with 3- and 5-door versions. The restyled model featured a new front fascia with the singleframe grille. Unlike other A3 models, the grille was designed with seven vertical silver bars. The same number of LEDs were installed in each headlight for the daytime running lights. From the side, the aluminum look of the door-mirrors was a standard feature for any Audi S-model. Despite sharing the same platform with the same wheelbase, the Sportback (5-door) version was longer by 70 mm (2.75”).

Inside, the S3 featured standard sport seats, but a pair of bucket-seats was available from the options list. Aluminum pedals, three different styles of inlay, and a black or silver headlining created an exclusively sporty look. Depending on the body version, the rear seats offered more or less headroom.

The engine was 2.0-liter gasoline. It featured a turbocharged and direct-injected fuel system, which made it more fuel-efficient, and more responsive as well. It was mated as standard to a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic (dual-clutch) was offered as an option. The all-wheel-drive system was standard as well.

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AUDI S3 2008 - 2012
  2 gasoline engines
  • 2.0 TFSI 6AT AWD (265 HP)
  • 2.0 TFSI 6MT AWD (265 HP)

AUDI S3 2.0 TFSI 6AT AWD (265 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0 TFSI 6AT 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 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/40 R18 92Y
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.5 in (4229 mm)
Width
69.5 in (1765 mm)
Height
55.1 in (1400 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/59.3 in (1,521/1,506 mm)
Wheelbase
101.5 in (2578 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.92 cuFT (281 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3207.7 lbs (1455 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4442.3 lbs (2015 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.9 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
Highway
35.6 mpg US (6.6 L/100Km)
Combined
27.7 mpg US (8.5 L/100Km)

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 (E.L.) 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 R18 92Y
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.5 in (4229 mm)
Width
69.5 in (1765 mm)
Height
55.1 in (1400 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/59.3 in (1,521/1,506 mm)
Wheelbase
101.5 in (2578 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.92 cuFT (281 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3207.7 lbs (1455 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4442.3 lbs (2015 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.9 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
Highway
35.6 mpg US (6.6 L/100Km)
Combined
27.7 mpg US (8.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
199 g/km
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