- audi has revealed the s3 performance version of its new a3 sedan.
- the a3 will arrive in the u.s. next year as a 2022 model, and we expect the s3 to follow.
- the s3 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
the s version of the new audi a3 has been revealed and should arrive in the u.s. sometime next year. the 2022 s3 has more power than its predecessor and looks a bit more aggressive, too. europeans will get an attractive s3 sportback hatchback variant, but americans will likely have to settle for the sedan version of the s3, as was the case with the previous-generation model.
like before, the s3 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine, but it's been upgraded to 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque—increases of 18 hp and 15 lb-ft. that power is routed through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. audi claims a zero-to-62-mph time of 4.8 seconds, but given that we tested a 2017 s3 at 4.6 seconds to 60 mph, we reckon the new one will be quicker.
the s3's suspension is lowered 0.6 inch compared with the standard a3 sedan, and adaptive dampers are optional. 18-inch wheels are standard with 19-inchers available as an upgrade. visually, the s3 has a different grille treatment up front and four exhaust tips and a diffuser at the rear. the interior has some s3-specific trim pieces but otherwise maintains the modern appearance of the new a3's cabin with a digital gauge cluster and a large central infotainment touchscreen.
audi hasn't yet released u.s. details about the s3, but we expect it will arrive on our shores a few months after the 2022 a3 sedan. pricing should start a bit higher than the current s3's $43,995 starting price. now all that's left to wait for is the new version of the even more powerful audi rs3, which will likely offer upwards of 400 hp.