2009 Audi S3 and S3 Sportback with S tronic review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 17 November 2008 , 16:11:18 byVeronica

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Audi S3 and S3 Sportback with S tronic

Both the Audi S3 and S3 Sportback sporty compact models receive the S tronic dual-clutch transmission units for the powerful 2.0-liter TFSI engine with the road in a manner that is both sporty and efficient. The gearbox combines the advantages of a compact 6-speed manual transmission with the qualities of a modern automatic. In conclusion, the driver benefits from enormous agility and driving pleasure with acceleration that is both harmonious and dynamic. The S tronic with twin-plate clutch can simultaneously preselect two gears. The engine will produce 350 Nm of torque and 265 horsepower. At a weight of only 152 kg, this turbocharged direct fuel injection engine propels the Audi S3 and the S3 Sportback into the exclusive class of compact sports cars. The new transmission enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds for the S3 and 5.6 seconds for the S3 Sportback. In case you are interested in one of the two, know that both are now available at dealerships. The Audi S3 costs EUR 38.900 and the S3 Sportback version EUR 39.800. This is all we know so far.

Efficient and fast dual-clutch transmission for the S3
Quicker acceleration paired with even higher fuel efficiency
Particularly sporty combination in the compact class

Available now
A milestone in transmission technology is now available in the Audi S3 and S3 Sportback sporty compact models. The S tronic dual-clutch transmission unites the powerful two-liter TFSI engine with the road in a manner that is both sporty and efficient. This ensures quicker acceleration, high agility and ride comfort along with improved fuel efficiency.

A genuine marvel of engineering, the revolutionary S tronic dual-clutch transmission has been a sensation ever since it debuted in the Audi TT 3.2 quattro in spring 2003. It combines the advantages of a compact six-speed manual transmission with the qualities of a modern automatic. The driver thus benefits from enormous agility and driving pleasure with acceleration that is both harmonious and dynamic, without any perceptible interruption in the power flow. This is coupled with good economy thanks to low fuel consumption, and convenient operation.

The ultracompact S tronic with twin multi-plate clutch can simultaneously preselect two gears. With its ingenious electrohydraulic operation, it shifts from one gear to the next in a split second. It can thus enable engine torque as high as 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft).

The powerhouse engine in the S3 is an ideal partner: the 2.0 TFSI has already won the "Engine of the Year Award" four times. It supplies 195 kW (265 hp) and maximum torque of 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft), which remains constant from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. At a weight of just 152 kilograms (335.10 pounds), this turbocharged direct-fuel-injection engine propels the Audi S3 and the S3 Sportback into the exclusive class of compact sports cars.

The S tronic makes the dynamic spearhead of the A3 family even speedier. It further reduces, by two-tenths of a second, the time required to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (0 to 62.14 mph). More specifically, in just 5.5 seconds for the S3 and 5.6 seconds for the Sportback. At the same time, fuel consumption has improved to 8.3 liters/100km (28.34 mpg) with CO2 emissions of just 193 g/km (310.60 g/mile) (A3 Sportback: 8.4 liters/100km (28.00 mpg) and 195 g/km (313.82 g/mile).

Both of these sporty models are now available at dealerships: the S3 for €38,900 and the S3 Sportback for €39,800.