Audi S3 Sportback

Audi Australia has announced pricing and specification details for the all-new Audi S3 Sportback and S3 Sedan which are due to arrive in early 2022.

The new S3 comes standard with Matrix LED headlights with dynamic front and rear indicators and digital daytime running light signature. Consisting of 5 x 3 LED segments, these incorporate intelligently-controlled high beam lights and lock/unlock animations as standard.

The 2.0-litre engine produces 228 kW of power and 400 Nm of torque. The latter is over a broad range of between 2,000 and 5,450 rpm. It accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds.

The S3 has a fast-shifting seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. It can be switched between D and S modes via the compact electronic shifter or steering wheel paddles. It drives through Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system.

Audi S3 sedan

The Audi S3 models sit 15mm closer to the road than their A3 counterpart, with S sport suspension with adaptive damper control included as standard.

The Audi drive select dynamic handling system comes as standard. The driver can use the system to vary not only the dampers, the quattro drive, and the engine sound, but also the characteristics of the steering and throttle response, as well as the switch points of the S tronic. Five profiles are available: efficiency, comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual.

Braking is by 340mm ventilated rotors at the front-end of the S3 and 312mm discs at the rear. It has 19-inch Audi Sport alloy wheels in a matte titanium finish. Around these are 235/35 R19 tyres.

Audi S3 sedan

Inside the cabin the new S3 has Anthracite tones, dark aluminium spectrum inlays, stainless-steel pedals, S embossing on the seats, contrasting stitching on the steering wheel with an S emblem.

An ambient lighting package offers no fewer than 30 different colours.

Infotainment and technology is accessed through a 10.1-inch MMI touch display. It has voice control with natural speech recognition

The latest Audi connect plus services provides online traffic information with hazard alerts, destination entry via myAudi or Google Maps, parking and weather information, fuel prices, and Google services.

There’s a Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System with 3D sound in the front and 15 loudspeakers, DAB+ Digital radio, Audi smartphone interface for Android Auto and wireless Apple Carplay and two USB outlets.

New Audi S3 has advanced driver assistance safety systems. These include collision avoidance assistance, lane departure warning, cross traffic assist rear and parking system plus ensure a high level of safety. There is autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian and cyclist detection.

Access to Audi connect plus Security & Assistance services also will provide S3 owners with car finder with remote signal, remote lock and unlock, emergency calls, and online roadside assistance features.

Eight paint colours are available, including new colours Python Yellow and Turbo Blue. Inlays and trims feature a stainless-steel look while exterior mirror housings feature a gleaming aluminium look finish, characteristic of S models in the Audi range.

An optional black exterior styling package is available, including the Singleframe, the front air inlet blades, the inserts in the side sill, exterior mirror housings, and the frame of the diffuser.

“The S3 is the original model that established Audi in the sporty premium compact segment some 20 years ago, and the newest generation remains faithful to its performance-car heritage,” said Paul Sansom, Managing Director of Audi Australia.

“The all-new S3 is an extraordinary step forward over its popular predecessor, with a striking new dynamic design, many new features and importantly for these owners, more performance than ever before. As expected of any S3, the new model comes packed with an extensive list of standard features and is priced very competitively.”

The all-new Audi S3 will be available in Audi dealerships, and to order through the Audi online purchase platform at, in early 2022.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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