The new Audi S3 has been photographed undisguised. It is the first time we've seen shots of the new car's interior
Mark Tisshaw
9 August 2012

The new Audi S3 is undergoing its final stages of testing before being officially revealed to the world at the Paris motor show in September.

Front-end revisions include additional bumper vents and dark grilles replacing the chrome items on the standard A3. Deeper side skirts and an integrated rear diffuser will be offered. Bespoke alloy wheels measure 18 inches in diameter, and will be shod with 225/40 tyres.

These pictures also show the S3 will feature twin exhausts on each side – a trademark of Audi’s S models – for the first time.

The third-generation S3 will be powered by a version of the VW Group’s turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine, rather than the 2.5-litre five-pot found in the RS3 Sportback. No official announcements have been made regarding power output, but insiders suggest 276bhp and 280lb ft is possible.

Audi has targeted a 0-62mph time of 5.5sec – 0.2sec less than the outgoing model – and a top speed of 155mph.

A six-speed manual will be fitted as standard, with a seven-speed automatic appearing on the options list.

The S3 will be offered initially as a three-door only, and will be followed by a five-door Sportback variant. An S3 saloon is slated for launch sometime later, although it is unclear whether it will come to the UK.

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30 May 2012

There's no need to disguise a 'new' car when it is indistinguishable from the previous model......

1 June 2012

Hit the nail on the head there mate, looks like a mini A6

30 May 2012

My work colleague has one of the current generation and loves it  - plenty of performance but a little understeery. I get the feeling that the A3  / S3 would sell in exactly the same numbers whether it was entertaining or not in the handling dept.

30 May 2012

Looks totally unremarkable, just like every other Audi.

Why does it need 4 exhaust pipes if its a 4 pot? Seems a little excessive...

30 May 2012

Then perhaps a big spoiler, air dams, air intakes, bigger/wider wheels and side skirts might make it more appealing?? 

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

30 May 2012

xxxx wrote:

Then perhaps a big spoiler, air dams, air intakes, bigger/wider wheels and side skirts might make it more appealing?? 

Obviously making it resemble a Vauxhall Nova in McDonald's car park on a Friday evening is unecessary, but surely they could make it look like the hot hatch that it is rather than every other boring German car.

30 May 2012

Despite also being on 18s, the wheels appear to fit better than the standard ones on the existing car, which I always felt looked too small. I actually quite like the looks, although I agree with the above comments re other A3/Audi models. I feel the RS3 would have looked better with these quad exhausts; I think they look great on the TTS.

30 May 2012

Audi have been testing cars at the ring for years and yet they always end up the same to drive, dull!

30 May 2012

Same old comments, and I'm not sure what people expect. Audi sales and profits are higher year on year, they build generally understated, but I think "classy" designs, interiors are top of the tree, the cars usually ride and handle in a similar way if slightly stiffer way to the Golfs which attract praise( but not Audi for some reason). Grip levels on smooth roads are generally superior to most comparable cars in the class (yes a Focus had more involving steering for example, but it didn't have anywhere near the same ultimate grip level as an A3 on similar tyres).

A lot of people here write without ever having owned the comparitive cars, and you'd think Audi's were the pits of the pits according to most. What should Audi do? Abandon their design direction, make a few stand out fashionable munters to get a reaction, and then have to rebuild as per BMW post-Bangle? Add in steering feel at expense of grip (most cars are losing feel due to electric steering now)?

As an ownership proposition an A3 vs a Focus, or Astra - please.... Most just jump on the bandwagon that BMW suffered from before Audi.

30 May 2012

Paul Dalgarno wrote:

Same old comments, and I'm not sure what people expect. Audi sales and profits are higher year on year, they build generally understated, but I think "classy" designs, interiors are top of the tree, the cars usually ride and handle in a similar way if slightly stiffer way to the Golfs which attract praise( but not Audi for some reason).

Yes, I never understood that. I used to have an A3 but also tested the Golf GT and yes the A3 is a bit stiffer but there isn't a huge amount in it. Yet the Golf is top of the class and the A3 nowhere. Why?

Paul Dalgarno wrote:

 A lot of people here write without ever having owned the comparitive cars, and you'd think Audi's were the pits of the pits according to most.

Yes you would think according to some that Audi's are really crap and BMWs are the best things on the road. As the former owner of an A3 and the current owner of an E90 3 Series I think I can make a comparison (between those two cars, anyway).

For sure the 3 series has better handling, much better in fact. There's no getting away from the fact that rwd and 50/50 weight distribution make a difference, a difference which can be easy felt if I 'push on'.

Thing is the other 99% of the time there isn't such a huge difference; there are some things which I think Audi do better and some things which I think BMW do better.

Most people aren't enthusiasts so the on the limit handling makes little difference to them. It really is a matter of personal preference after that.

As for the A3 I think it looks OK but as with the current model will look better as a 5 door. Silver doesn't do it any favours either. In a nice bright red I think it would look good.

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