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2021 Audi S3 hatch and sedan here next year

The fourth-generation Audi S3 sedan and Sportback hatch were revealed overnight with more aggressive styling, and the company's familiar 2.0-litre turbo.

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Derek Fung
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We’re still waiting for the Mk8 Golf R, but the next generation of Volkswagen Group all-wheel drive turbo’d tearaways has officially arrived.

The 2021 Audi S3 hatch and sedan features the usual mix of hunkered-down looks, a 2.0-litre turbo, and all-wheel drive. It’ll be here in the second half of 2021.

Under the bonnet, the new S3 twins have a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine rated at 228kW and 400Nm – and Australia will get to enjoy the full power output, rather than a detuned version as is currently the case.

A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive are both fitted as standard.

Audi claims the sedan and Sportback are capable of completing the 0-100km/h dash in 4.8 seconds, and have an electronically-restricted top speed of 250km/h.

Compared to the regular A3, the S3 sits on a suspension setup that’s 15mm closer to the ground, and rides on 18-inch alloy wheels.

Externally the S3 features more aggressive bumpers at both ends, prominent rhombus patterns for the grille and vents, a large rear diffuser, and four exhaust tips.

2021 Audi S3 hatch and sedan here next year

Interior upgrades include sport seats with upholstery made primarily from recycled plastic bottles, and aluminium or carbon-style trim pieces.

A 10.25-inch digital instrumentation display, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

Available options include 19-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers, a sportier suspension setup with adaptive dampers, and matrix LED headlights.

2021 Audi S3 hatch and sedan here next year

Other upgrade options include 12.3-inch virtual cockpit digital instrumentation screen, interior ambient lighting, and a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Deliveries of the new S3 sedan and hatch begin in October in Europe.


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