Everyone loves Audi right? They are sporty and stylish, owning one of these is a real status symbol. Audi’s new S3 is a version of the Audi’s brilliant A3 hatchback model of previous years. The classy interiors of the A3 as well as the practicality make it a popular one with those looking for a good family car. However the S3 is a more powerful version of this model- will it be just as popular?
The S3 has a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, this serves up a whopping 296 breaking horse power. For the car enthusiasts out there will be impressed with the 281 lb ft of pull (another term for the car’s torque). The S3 goes from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds. Bare in mind it can also do this speed in just 4.8 seconds with it’s optional six speed twin-clutch transmission. Whichever version you choose you can achieve top speeds of 155 mph.
There have been various reviews into the performance of the S3. Despite it looking like a pretty impressive car there are a few minor drawbacks according to the driving experts. For a start the acceleration is not reported to feel as powerful as expected, well not from a Audi. The manual gearshift feels ‘imprecise’ and this is evident as one is accelerating.
The handling is also said to be something that is acquired. But the body remains flat while the car makes those hard corners. There is plenty of grip with this car as it is a four wheel drive. With this car there will be 95% or power at the front wheels with only 5% at the back. But there is the option of sharing the power 50/50 over the front and the back wheels. The steering is reliable and consistent.
The new Audi S3 is a great family drive that incorporates safety with style!