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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact
Infotainment: Apple CarPlay icon Apple CarPlay   Android Auto icon Android Auto  

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 decades after the first generation.

The S3 was offered in four body versions: hatchback with 3- or 5-doors, cabriolet, and sedan. A new front fascia was introduced, with a taller single-frame grille between the standard full-LED headlights. There were a pair of air-scoops to cool the brakes on the sides, and those were not only for show. The S3 showed the S-logo from the brake-calipers through the 18” light-alloy wheels with a unique design. A discrete roof-spoiler was on top of the tailgate (for the hatchback versions), and four, not so discrete, exhausts were shown under the bumper.

Inside, the S3 featured S-logos on the flat-bottom steering wheel, the door-sills, seats, and gearstick. Two bucket seats in the front offered good support on the corners. Depending on the options, the instrument cluster could feature the Audi Virtual Cockpit digital display. The MMI (Multi Media Interface) infotainment unit was fitted as standard.

Despite not having complaints about the 300 hp engine offered on its predecessor, the 2016 S3 offered 10 hp more. It was mated as standard with a 6-speed manual for the 3-door hatchback. In selected markets, such as the U.K., the 5-door version and the sedan came equipped with a 7-speed automatic (dual-clutch) S-Tronic gearbox.

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AUDI S3 2016 - Present
  1 gasoline engine
  • 2.0 TFSI quattro 6MT (310 HP)
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AUDI S3 Brochure (GER)

AUDI S3 2.0 TFSI quattro 6MT (310 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0 TFSI quattro 6MT (310 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1984 cm3
Power
228 KW @ 5800-6500 RPM
310 HP @ 5800-6500 RPM
306 BHP @ 5800-6500 RPM
Torque
280 lb-ft @ 1850-5700 RPM
380 Nm @ 1850-5700 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
DIMENSIONS
Length
167.4 in (4252 mm)
Width
70 in (1778 mm)
Height
55.2 in (1402 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.4/59.4 in (1,534/1,509 mm)
Wheelbase
102.2 in (2596 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.5 cuFT (326 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3263 lbs (1480 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4332 lbs (1965 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25.8 mpg US (9.1 L/100Km)
Highway
40.6 mpg US (5.8 L/100Km)
Combined
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
162 g/km
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