Audi claims its newest Sportback offers best-in-class performance, its 2.0 TFSI consumes a mere 6.9 litres/100km. Chances are, though, with 221kW and 380Nm at your disposal thatâ€™s a figure unlikely to be matched in the real world. Attempting to hit the claimed 0 â€“ 100kph in five seconds, on the other hand, is perhaps an exploit S3 drivers would be more willing to invest their fuel in.
The four-cylinder has been overhauled and, Audi says, will be more responsive with an even sportier soundtrack â€“ particularly when Dynamic mode is engaged on the standard Audi drive select system. The engine makes do with efficiency-boosting technologies such as dual injection, Audiâ€™s valvelift system and innovative thermal management. The new engine is more than 5kg lighter than its predecessor, Audi says, while the curb weight, at 1445kg, is 70kg lighter than the car it replaces.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard, although with optional S tronic employed, the S3 Sportback covers the 0 â€“ 100kph sprint in five seconds. Top speed is governed to 250kph while launch control delivers the power with limited tyre slip although thatâ€™s where the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system would also come in handy.
Brake discs up front have a 340mm diameter, are painted black (red paint is optional) and show the S logo.
Drive select, at the push of a button, allows the driver to set the car to operate in comfort, auto, dynamic and efficiency modes, with an optional individual mode for cars equipped with MMI.
The S3 Sportback will be launched in South Africa in August 2013.