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First look at the 2021 Audi S3, more power and challenge

2021 Audi S3 Sedan

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2021 Audi S3 Sedan


Since the moment the all-new Audi A3 sedan was unveiled earlier this year, we couldn't wait to see the debut of its stronger, sportier sister. That day has now arrived. Introducing the 2021 Audi S3 Sedan, the so-called entry-level performance sedan from the German automaker. Its predecessor was praised for excellent handling and build quality


2021 Audi S3 Specifications and Features

The power aspect of the Audi S3 is evident - the 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine sees an increase in horses, now 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, up from 288 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque in the predecessor. The additional grunt allows the Audi S3 to accelerate to 100 km / h in 4.8 seconds, Audi says, on its way to an electronically controlled higher end of 250 km / h


The Turbo-4 is mated to a seven-speed S tronic transmission, and the Quattro all-wheel drive delivers torque on the road. Audi reports that the multi-plate hydraulic clutch in front of the rear axle is fully variable and moves between front and rear as needed. Supported by the standard dynamic control system, it's a new system that closely links the Quattro engine with electronic stability control and optional control dampers


The 2021 Audi S3 Sedan features a bold, dominant single-frame grille that has become synonymous with the brand. The latest incarnation features a stylized design with cool-looking air intakes in matte black


Thanks to Audi's current chief design officer, Mark Licht, the new S3 has a more dynamic and modern design than before. Note the sturdy shoulder that extends the length of the body from the headlights to the taillights. Below it there is a ceiling on the doors that curves inward


Additional features include optional LED headlights and digital daytime running lights with 15 LED lights. In the back there is a large diffuser and four exhaust pipes. Overall, the 2021 S3 doesn't look old with a more aggressive stance, but thanks to its clever design, the sedan is wider than it actually is. The saloon is 1.6 inches long and 1.2 inches wide than its predecessor. It's also 0.6 inches closer to the ground than the A3. 18-inch wheel set is standard and 19-inch optional



2021 Audi S3 interior


Audi is known for producing some of the best interiors in the business. The new Audi S3 is no exception. A 10.25-inch digital screen is standard, while an Audi virtual cockpit 12.3-inch is an option, as is the head-up display. There's also a 10.1-inch touchscreen that's part of Audi's MIB3 software. The Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System is also standard


The upholstery for the new sport seats is made from recycled PET bottles and has contrast stitching. The transmission is integrated into the new 7-speed transmission in the center console and is surrounded by aluminum and carbon fiber trim. Owners will also benefit from standard Apple CarPlay connectivity, Android Auto, and a built-in WiFi hotspot. Android users can even get an Audi connect key, a system that enables them to lock and unlock the car and start the engine with their smartphones

With seats for up to five passengers, the 2021 Audi S3 has a gross cargo capacity of 13.1 cubic feet



Power, performance and safety in the 2021 Audi S3


The Audi S3 comes with only one engine: a 2.0-liter TFSI with 305 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 17 hp and 15 lb-ft over its predecessor. Power is routed to the Quattro all-wheel-drive system through a quick-shifting seven-speed S Tronic gearbox. Audi claims a 0-62 mph time of 4.8 seconds and a 155 mph electronically limited top speed. Those who desire an even sportier driving experience can opt for the series S sport suspension with damper control


Like any new vehicle, advanced safety systems are a must and the Audi S3 delivers. Standard safety includes Audi's pre sense front, swerve assist with turn assist, as well as lane departure warning. Lane change assist, exit warning assist, cross-traffic assist, and park assist systems are optional