Audi’s all-new S3 Sportback sets a new benchmark for performance and price and is due for market introduction in December 2013, with an MLP* of $59,900.
Powered by a new 2.0 TFSI engine that develops a formidable 206kW and 380Nm, the new S3 Sportback will leap from rest to 100km/h in just 5.0sec. This kind of acceleration approaches supercar-like performance, and is typical of an Audi S model. Another characteristic is outstanding fuel efficiency, at just 6.9 litres per 100km.
The sporty six-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive system combine to offer enthusiasts an incredible drive. Compared to its popular predecessor, this latest generation S3 Sportback is 70kg lighter – a direct result of Audi ultra lightweight technology.
“The new S3 Sportback sets a benchmark for compact premium performance – it is a sensational package,” said Audi Australia’s Managing Director Andrew Doyle.
“Not only does the new S3 Sportback deliver exceptional performance, but it is equipped with all the sophisticated features expected in a luxury vehicle. This car will change the way enthusiasts view the premium ‘hot hatch’ market. Our positioning for this third-generation S3 Sportback makes progressive performance more accessible than ever before.”
Despite the lean price tag, the Audi S3 Sportback features a hefty list of standard equipment, including:
•Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights
•MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch
•Audi parking system plus: park assist, front & rear sensors with rear view camera
•18-inch alloy wheels in 5-parallel spoke design
•‘S’ specific body kit
•‘S’ exhaust system with quad tailpipes
•‘S’ sports suspension
•Sport seats in fine Nappa leather and heating for front seats
•Audi Music Interface, Bluetooth interface with music streaming
•Dual-zone climate control with digital display and rear air vents
•Leather-wrapped, multi-function flat-bottom steering wheel
Also available for the new S3 Sportback is the S performance package, for $4,990, which combines a host of highly desirable features for drivers who want the maximum from their vehicle. The package includes:
•Bang & Olufsen sound system
•Audi magnetic ride
•‘S’ sports seats in fine Nappa leather with diamond stitching
•18-inch alloy wheels in parallel-spoke ‘star’ design
•Front and rear brake calipers in S design red
The S3 Sportback will arrive in Australia at the end of the year, ready for a market introduction in December.
*Manufacturer List Pricing (MLP) excludes dealer delivery and government statutory charges.