Currently reading: 2020 Audi S3: hot hatch and saloon spotted undisguised
New spy shots show 306bhp S3 hatchback and saloon in production form ahead of a reveal later this year
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24 June 2020

Following the unveiling of the overhauled A3 in March, Audi is gearing up to launch the hot S3 variant – and our snappers have caught it undisguised in saloon and hatchback forms. 

Prototypes spotted testing at the Nürburgring appear to be production-ready and bear a similar evolutionary look to the standard car. We've driven a heavily camouflaged S3 prototype, but these new images show off the model's subtle, performance-oriented styling tweaks. 

As with the outgoing car, the S3 will adopt a set of quad exhaust pipes housed in a diffuser-style rear bumper, bespoke performance alloy wheels, larger brake discs and slightly extended wheel arches for a sportier stance. Bespoke badging at the front and rear, not featured on these prototypes, will also likely feature. 

The S3, which is set to get more power and a significant technology upgrade, will be part of an 11-strong A3 model line-up due before 2022. 

Revealed in five-door hatchback form, using the current car's MQB platform, the A3 will also offer four-door saloon and, eventually, five-door liftback variants. The liftback is expected to take the Sportback name as the three-door A3 was discontinued in 2017.

The other variants will also gain S3- and RS3-badged models. With competition from the new BMW M135i and Mercedes-AMG A35 in the 300-335bhp bracket, the S3 will pack 306bhp and 295lb ft by using the Volkswagen Golf R's 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Performance figures are likely to improve over the current car's but remain under wraps for now.

The outgoing car's quattro four-wheel drive and progressive steering are carried over, but a new damper system and central dynamic control function bring subtle changes to the S3's dynamic character.  

The RS3, meanwhile, will increase in power in the face of 400bhp-plus opposition from the Mercedes-AMG A45. It'll keep the 2.5-litre five-cylinder unit from the current car, updated to meet the latest emissions regulations, but should share its 394bhp output with the recently launched RS Q3. 

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This 11-car line-up will span all the bases covered by the Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback and saloon and CLA coupé ranges, including the 35- and 45-badged AMG variants.

The styling of the new A3 follows the rest of the Audi range with a more geometric front-end treatment and sharper tail-lights. Audi's Virtual Cockpit features as standard, with a choice of two infotainment screen sizes, advanced voice control and a migration away from physical switchgear. 

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9 August 2018
Absolute beast this car will be.

9 August 2018
'Audi S3' and 'absolute beast' are not concepts easily associated.

Unless you consider a muntjac deer to be the definition of an 'absolute beast'.

9 August 2018
Ubberfrancis44 wrote:

Absolute beast this car will be.

Only on your local ring road.

9 August 2018

An absolute beast? Hmm. 140i has 340bhp and 400lb torque. More like a kitten.

14 August 2018

are you having a laugh?? the S3 runs circles around the 140i 

16 August 2018

Are you just an Audi fanboy or clueless. Ive had an S4 and a 3.2 TT, and the 140i could easily outrun them. Take a look at laptimes and on the road reviews. I love Audi's and BMW's, but the 140i burns the S3 hands down.  Not only in acceleration, but bhp and torque. If you want to go that far, it also comes in on track times less than a second behind an RS3. A Golf R is nearly 4 seconds behind and the current S3, 3 seconds behind. Who runs rings around it you fool?

9 August 2018

5 door version next year? I'd be surprized as the life span for A3 sportback is usually at least 7 years from point of sale.

Still like the car and it'll be worth waiting for (I've always had a soft spot for the underated S3)

FM8

9 August 2018
xxxx wrote:

5 door version next year? I'd be surprized as the life span for A3 sportback is usually at least 7 years from point of sale.

Still like the car and it'll be worth waiting for (I've always had a soft spot for the underated S3)

Zzzz... He's back again, the keyboard warrior. This time I'm even more angry than last! How about you enlighten us on how you know the model cycle timing of the A3, work for Audi do you? And, how UNDERRATED do you believe the S3 is? TWIT. I'm so angry this time, my testicles feel like they're about to explode, I need to find a man to massage them.

11 July 2019
FM8 wrote:
xxxx wrote:

5 door version next year? I'd be surprized as the life span for A3 sportback is usually at least 7 years from point of sale.

Still like the car and it'll be worth waiting for (I've always had a soft spot for the underated S3)

Zzzz... He's back again, the keyboard warrior. This time I'm even more angry than last! How about you enlighten us on how you know the model cycle timing of the A3, work for Audi do you? And, how UNDERRATED do you believe the S3 is? TWIT. I'm so angry this time, my testicles feel like they're about to explode, I need to find a man to massage them.

Update, bet you feel like a right bell end now, Twat

FMS

9 August 2018
xxxx wrote:

5 door version next year? I'd be surprized as the life span for A3 sportback is usually at least 7 years from point of sale.

Still like the car and it'll be worth waiting for (I've always had a soft spot for the underated S3)

 

You going to actually buy one, with your own money?. The never answered question is, what do you own and drive just now?. Your 86MY sofa?.

 

Who else underrates the S3?...as usual, no facts to back up the ill thought out speculation. TWIT

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