|September 4, 2001
Audi S3: Now with 225 bhp Engine
Ingolstadt - Audi has substantially boosted the power output of its compact, muscular package, the S3. Based on the A3, this top athlete has an additional 15 horsepower and can now mobilise an impressive 165 kW (225 bhp). Combined with the standard 6-speed manual gearbox, the four-cylinder turbocharged engine familiar from the Audi TT promises flexibility and supreme acceleration in all driving situations.
With its 1.8-litre displacement, two charge-air intercoolers, a type K 04 turbocharger and a maximum boost pressure of 2.1 bar, this engine develops a powerful torque of 280 Nm which becomes available at only 2200 rpm and is maintained right up to 5500 rpm. The power delivery is smooth, even at low engine speeds, and reaches its peak of 165 kW (225 bhp) at 5900 rpm.
Thanks to this extra-powerful engine the S3 is a car with uncompromising dynamic performance. A top speed of 243 km/h and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 6.6 seconds put the S3 ahead of rival cars, even many with much larger engines.
In terms of fuel consumption, however, the engine suddenly develops a remarkable sense of modesty: 9.3 litres of premium plus fuel are all it needs per 100 kilometres; it also complies with EU 3 emission limits.
Sporting, agile handling, excellent directional stability on all road surfaces and entirely suitable comfort for day-to-day use are typical characteristics of this compact athlete with its quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
Like all of Audi's S models, the S3 is notable for its individual yet restrained styling. There are none the less many striking features, including the boldly flared wheel arches, large air intakes in the specially-shaped front bumpers and the standard-fit xenon headlights, accentuated by their clear glass covers. Fog lights are integrated into the front apron.
17-inch "Avus" cast aluminium wheels with 225/45 R 17 W tyres also help to ensure that this car is a worthy member of the "S" range. An integral roof spoiler at the rear and twin stainless-steel exhaust tailpipes are additional visual accents.
This new, extra-powerful version of the Audi S3 will be available in Germany from September 14, 2001 at a price of DM 60,337.36 (E 30,850.-).