With North America's legendary rejection of the hatchback, Audi is
hoping its new A3 Sedan will hit pay dirt when it arrives here. And we
must hope that the recently announced S3 version also gets the
greenlight for US showrooms.
With 300hp and quattro AWD traction, this would make an exciting
addition to any Audi dealership, although previous S3 models haven't
been sold here because of the high price.
The S3 will use the current 2.0 TFSI engine to produce its 300hp and 280
lb-ft of torque. We're told this will result in 0-62mph acceleration in just
4.9sec with the six-speed S tronic transmission, which is 0.4sec quicker
than the manual version. However, this powerhouse should also sip fuel at
an estimate 34mpg average.
The S3 Sedan will be 1" lower and house large brakes behind stock 18"
wheels, with optional 19" available. The car will glide on Audi magnetic ride
and have progressive steering.
Currently, these are European specifications ahead of the A3 Sedan's
summer launch. If and when we can ever hope to see the S3 in North
America is anybody's guess, but you might want to start hounding your
local dealer to insist you have one.