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Audi S3 – first official photos

First official photos of the new Audi S3 from Auto Motor und Sport, while Audi’s press site still doesn’t have anything.
Another embargo violation ? While wating for the english press release, here are some highlights.
The S3 has a further power-step of the 2.

0 liters Turbo-FSI engine, with an output of 265 ps (exactly like the BMW 130i), with a torque of 350 Nm at 2,000 rpm.

The Haldex 4WD system and the close-geared six-speed manual gearbox combine to let the S3 accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.
7 seconds, top speed is (as usual) electronically limited to 250 km/h, while average fuel consumption on the di 9,1 litri per 100 km.
For comparison’s sake, the BMW 130i takes 6.
1 seconds from 0-100 km/h and has an average fuel consumption of 9.
2 liters/100 km.
Available only with the three-door body, the new S3 has 18″alloy rims with 225/40 tyres and 17″ sport brakes.
The ride has been lowered by 25 mm, the front has a chromed single-frame grille and big air intakes integrated in the front apron.
In the back you can see a small spoiler over the back glass, a double chrome-finished exhaust tube.

In the interior you can find sport seats covered in a combination of leather and fabric, aluminium decoration and a special design for the instruments.
Standard equipment includes foglamps, bi-xenon headlights and a multi-function display that includes the laptime timer.
The starting price for the Audi S3 is 35.
150 € in Germany.
Update: higher-resolution images added (800px).
Click on the images to download.

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