Audi has some fantastic offerings in the compact sports car segment, and the Audi S3 sedan is one of the most successful and prominent ones. It was until Audi S1 made its debut that this S3 model was the most compact one, but it still remains to be one of the best sellers of the company. Now the manufacturer has 2017 Audi S3 to offer to its buyers.
2017 Audi S3: Engine and Performance
Although the company has put in some effort under the hood to bring out improvements, the changes are minor. A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine has been used that puts out 258 lb-ft of torque and 220 hp. This is good improvements that the makers have brought out in this model.
A 7-speed S Tronic automatic transmission system is going to be mated to this engine. Overseas models could see the use of a 6-speed manual transmission system. As far as the performance of this new sedan is concerned, it can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in around 4.7 seconds. It has been said that its top speed will be kept in check at 155 mph.
Suspension and Handling:
This new 2017 Audi S3 incorporates vast improvements in its handling which is complemented by the modification in its suspension system.Up front, MacPherson struts have been used, and a 4 link setup has been done around its rear portion.
The overall tuning of its suspension system is stiffer than before. The company has offered an option of adaptive magnetic components as well as fixed dampers. Overall, this new S3 is built on the MQB architecture of Volkswagen.
2017 Audi S3: Exterior and Interior Design
Audi is always cautious in taking the approach for evolving the aesthetics and visuals of their models. This new 2017 Audi S3 stands a great example to this as it is very familiar to its predecessor and nothing new or outrageous has been offered by the automaker.
Up front, its grille holds the same hexagonal design with horizontal chrome slats. The headlights have got some revisions with LED strip running at the outermost surface. The rear fascia holds some changes as a wider appearance has been given to it.
This new Audi S3 is coming with new options for its color which include Vegas Yellow, Tango Red, Nano Grey and Cosmic Blue.
Changes are minimal inside this sedan. What changes are in the front seats as they have been heavily bolstered.A flat bottom has been given to the 3 spoke steering wheel.High-grade leather has been used for upholstery that has a diamond pattern quilt.
Certain interior parts like the door panels, AC vents surrounding and the shifter feature brushed metal trim.
2017 Audi S3: Competitor Price and Release Date
BMW M235I Coupe and Mercedes AMG CLA45 are going to be its biggest rivals. The Premium Plus trim will cost around$31,000, and the Prestige model will cost around $50,000. This new 2017 Audi S3 is expected to be released in the 1st half of 2017.