Case in point:
The Audi S3 Is a Little Monster
I've read this in other S3 reviews as well and it's very confusing. In fact, I was disappointed to learn the 2017 S3 only has a 6-speed gearbox (S-tronic). My '14 S4 of course had a 7-speed so why not the S3? Am I missing something here?
Road and Track article excerpt:
"Take the S3, for example. It might look like a cute little sedan, but don't let that fool you. Most of that is thanks to the crazy little engine under the hood. The S3 has the same 2.0 liter engine that's in the Golf R, which means it makes 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Those are big numbers for a tiny little engine, and you might fear that would make it laggy and peaky. In other words, terrible.
But it isn't. At low RPMs, it can stumble a bit, but once you hit peak torque, which comes in at just 1,900 RPM, the S3 becomes a little monster. Power delivery is rapid and the seven-speed dual clutch gearbox does an excellent job of keeping the engine in the powerband."