Ultimate Audi A3 becomes Europe’s most powerful compact hatchback
Launched in the UK this month, the new, more powerful Audi S3 quattro has evolved into Europe’s most powerful compact hatchback, yet despite its class-leading 225bhp output the ultimate A3 remains at its original OTR price of £24,770.
Now equipped with the most powerful version of the 1.8-litre, turbocharged petrol engine, boosting power from 210bhp to 225bhp, the Audi S3 quattro is capable of accelerating from rest to 62mph in 6.6 seconds and, where permissible, reaching a maximum speed of 151mph.
This exceptional performance is delivered with characteristic composure and control via the quattro permanent four-wheel-drive system, which is capable of continuously varying the supply of torque to all four wheels for optimum traction and safety.
Despite the marked increase in power, fuel consumption remains comparatively modest, with a maximum of 30.4 miles per gallon possible on the combined cycle (according to 93/116/EC).
In keeping with its position as the A3 range flagship, the S3 quattro features an extensive specification which includes electrically adjustable, leather upholstered Recaro sports seats, Xenon headlamps with washers and automatic range adjustment, six-speed manual transmission and 17-inch Avus design alloy wheels.
To emphasise the increased performance potential even more strongly, larger 18-inch, nine-spoke alloy wheels with 225/40 ZR 18 tyres are also now available for the S3 quattro at an extra cost of £1,500.Published 11 April 2002