2013 Audi S3 unveiled

* 2013 Audi S3 * All-new 2.0 TFSI engine * On sale in early 2013...

21 September 2012
2013 Audi S3 unveiled

This is the new Audi S3, which will hit British showrooms in early 2013.

The high-performance version of the new A3 will rival the likes of BMWs M135i and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG.

The S3 will get an all-new 2.0-litre TFSI engine, which has been designed specifically for it. Technical highlights include a new lightweight alloy cylinder head and a sound flap in the exhaust system to improve the engine note. The new powerplant will produce 296bhp and 280lb ft of torque, enough to blast the S3 from 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds.

Audis latest four-wheel-drive system will be fitted as standard, and two transmission options will be available: a manual or a dual-clutch system, both six-speed.

Audi has cut the new models weight, with the 2013 S3 tipping the scales at 1395kg 60kg lighter than the outgoing model.

The 2013 Audi S3 will blast from 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds

The new model will get Audis Drive Select system, which allows the driver to alter throttle response, steering weight and, when the dual-clutch gearbox is specified, the shift point. The S3 will offer LED headlamps as an optional extra.