Audi S3 is a hot hatch with plenty of power

Audi S3 is a hot hatch with plenty of power


Joining the ranks of the S4 and S6 before it, the Audi S3 is a performance-minded vehicle that takes the garden variety hatchback to a whole new level.

Based on the three-door A3 (not available in North America), the Audi S3 gets a significant power boost from its 2.0L TFSI turbo engine, bringing its numbers up to 265 horsepower and 258 lbs-ft of torque. Add to that a short-throw six-speed shifter, Quattro AWD, and a lower, stiffer suspension, and this really could be the total package.

But this car isn’t all about “go”, it’s got some “show” to it as well with the chrome and aluminium accents, 18-inch wheels, and the appropriate aerodynamic tiddlywinks to give it an aggressive, but not overly menacing look.

No word on an American launch, but the people of Europe will be able to get their hands on the Audi S3 for €35,150 (around $44,600 USD).