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New Audi S3 Sportback Breaks Cover

 

 

24th April, 2008

Audi S3 Sportback

The 5-door version of Audiís dynamic range-topping A3 has broken cover. The S3 Sportback will join the three-door Audi S3 around the end of 2008 in Australia.

Both versions are equipped with the same engine, the reengineered 2.0 TFSI with an output of 188 kW. With 350 Nm of torque available constantly from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm, the direct-injection, two-litre turbo catapults the three-door model from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and 5.8 seconds for the Sportback version. Top speed is limited electronically to 250 km/h and yet the S3's fuel consumption is astonishingly low, at an average of 8.5 litres per 100 kms.

A six-speed manual transmission handles the business of getting the power from the engine to the standard quattro driveline. The 18-inch wheels provide a firm grip with the road. The sport suspension holds the body 25 millimetres lower and integrates lightweight aluminium components. Black brake calipers act on 17-inch disc brakes. Audi's compact premium sports model reacts spontaneously to steering movements and its handling remains stable, precise and almost neutral right up to its physical limits. When coming out of a bend it digs its 'claws' into the tarmac, enabling the driver to start accelerating again at the earliest possible moment.

The new S3 Sportback will be distinguished by a number of striking lines, for example on the radiator grille, on the bumpers and on the roof spoiler, as well as by the aluminium-look exterior mirrors. Inside, the driver and front passenger are greeted by leather-clad sports seats whilst Audi exclusive bucket seats would be available as an option. Aluminium pedals, deluxe automatic air conditioning, an anti-theft alarm and xenon plus headlamps with LED daytime running light extend the range of standard features.



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