2022 Audi S3 adds power, sharpens up and sports a sweet yellow hue – Roadshow

That yellow, although.


Collect spherical, Audi followers as a result of right here we’ve got essentially the most inexpensive mannequin from the “S” hierarchy. On Tuesday, Audi revealed the 2022 Audi S3 in each Sportback and sedan flavors in Europe. 

The S3 will nearly definitely make its strategy to the US once more however we haven’t any ultimate data on what to anticipate from our mannequin. Audi did not instantly return Roadshow’s request for remark. Nevertheless, when it greater than probably does land right here, do not search for the beautiful S3 Sportback. Audi solely sells the usual A3 sedan right here since there is not a lot of an urge for food for hatchbacks regionally.

Anyway, let’s speak about what we’ve got right here. There’s nonetheless a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine below the hood, however now, it makes 305 horsepower in comparison with 288 hp within the present automobile. Torque rises, too, as much as 295 pound-feet, or 15 extra items of twist this time round. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission handles shifts and sends energy to all 4 wheels. Drivers ought to breeze previous 62 mph from a standstill in 4.eight seconds.

Two suspension setups assist the S3 carve the street forward. There’s the usual suspension, which drops the automobile by 0.6 inches, and supplies every thing drivers anticipate of an Audi S automobile, or the S Sport suspension. The latter provides damper management, which adjusts the suspension on the fly because it encounters varied street situations and inputs.

The design is not a lot of a shock because it takes numerous the sharp cues from the usual A3. It falls in keeping with latest Audi designs and appears a bit like a child S7 — not a nasty factor in any approach. However Python Yellow? Convey that right here, Audi. It is nice. Inside, it is similar to the usual A3 as effectively, however after all, there are sporting touches to match the S pedigree, corresponding to ornamental carbon or aluminum inlays meant to reflect the automobile’s headlight design. The brand new shifter design can be… one thing.

Drivers will discover a 10.25-inch digital show forward of them commonplace, however the Digital Cockpit bumps the display screen dimension to 12.three inches. Within the heart of the cockpit sits a 10.1-inch touchscreen operating the most recent MMI system for infotainment and local weather controls. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are commonplace, as is wi-fi telephone charging and Bang & Olufsen premium sound system. And this is a enjoyable truth: the redesigned sport seats are largely made out of recycled bottles.

The primary S3 fashions will attain sellers this October with costs beginning at $55,544 for the sedan and $54,511 for the hatchback at present alternate charges. Audi would not plan to launch the usual A3 within the US till late subsequent 12 months, so we probably have a little bit time to kill earlier than the warmer S3 reaches this aspect of the Atlantic. Maybe you can begin saving your monies now.

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Sean Szymkowski