What is it?
The five-door – or Sportback in Audi-speak – version of the S3, with the addition incorporation of slightly modified looks and some minor mechanical modifications.
The aesthetic changes consist of a more sculptural front end, revised bonnet and front wings, a modified grille and new headlights that are claimed to give the S3 a fuller and more assertive face. At the back there are more intricate tail-lamps too.
The mechanical improvements include standard-fit variable rate magnetic dampers, as previously seen on the R8 and TT, and a revised ‘quattro’ four-wheel drive system whose Haldex clutch is now electronically rather than hydraulically controlled for speedier responses.
What’s it like?
Set off quickly in a straight line and the S3 is very promising. The familiar 2.0-litre TFSI turbo petrol engine makes eager thrashing noises of an intriguingly metallic nature, and its zest slings the S3 along impressively.