Audi Reveals Huge Handling Upgrades for the S3


The next Audi S3 may still be clad in camouflage but the four-ringed firm has let loose an avalanche of information on the car’s dynamic and technology updates.

Although the power and performance of the S3 sedan and hatchback are significantly ramped up, the biggest improvements are to the way the car handles, with major upgrades to the axle, steering, brakes, and drive assists for “driving dynamics on a new level.”

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The S3’s two-liter four-cylinder turbocharged motor is now boosted by 23 hp to 333 hp, with a hike in torque to 310 lbft. Driving all four wheels through a revised seven-speed S tronic transmission with more rapid shifts the S3 will accelerate from rest to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds and on to a top speed limited to 155 mph. These numbers aren’t noticeably up on the outgoing car, but there’s said to be a notable difference in the way the power is delivered. The turbocharger is preloaded, which means that at a steady speed or low levels of acceleration, the turbo spins at a constant velocity. Boot it and there’s a much more rapid response than before.

There’s a new dynamic plus driving mode, which increases engine idle speed for immediate pickup and sets the more advanced ESC system for ‘modest interventions’ to allow for some oversteer. In this mode, as much torque as possible is sent to the rear wheels, while downshifts are also more responsive.

The MacPherson strut front suspension is stiffened and has a new pivot bearing that increases negative camber to 1.5 degrees—almost double that of its predecessor. Coupled with a progressive steering system that becomes more direct the more the driver turns, the S3 is promised to tip into corners more eagerly and offer better feedback and precision. Wisely, the brakes are upgraded to feature 18-inch rotors on the front axle. A choice of 19-inch 235/35 tires will also be available.

Audi has been testing the upgrades in the heat of the Salalah desert of Oman with the car still wearing disguise, but you can expect a full reveal very soon.




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