AUDI A3 AND S3 SALOONS REVEALED
Booted version of A3 and S3 is... well... a booted version of the A3 and S3
Mercedes CLA and upcoming BMW 1 Series saloon square in its sights. It'll be the first three-box A3, and will be based around the same underpinnings as the hatch and Sportback iterations. We’ll get a choice of turbocharged engines in petrol and diesel flavours, the former in either 1.4-litre 140hp or 1.8-litre 180hp form, and the latter as 2.0-litre 150hp unit. But of perhaps more interest to PHers will be the new S3 saloon, which will feature the same 300hp, 280lb ft 2.0-litre TFSI engine as the hatch.
More tales of the expected in the transmission department: the saloon will get the same choice of two six-speed gearboxes – manual or S Tronic, the latter being the older six-speed VW Group DSG unit rather than the newer seven-speed. Four-wheel-drive is, of course, standard, and as with the S3 hatch, sports suspension with a 25mm drop will come as standard, with Audi’s magnetic damper system being an optional extra. Performance stats, too, are similar to the hatch's - 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds for the S Tronic or 5.3 seconds for the manual, with an electronically-goverened 155mph maximum.
Both S3 and A3 saloons will be available to order in summer, with deliveries of the A3 starting in autumn and the S3 following in early 2014.