• Jul 11th 2006 at 3:02PM
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WorldCarFans has posted shots of the long awaited Audi S3 that will debut later this year. The current A3 has been on the market since 2003 without an S3 iteration.

The site is reporting that the S3 will be motivated by a 2.0 TFSi engine producing 260 horsepower. Volkswagen/Audi currently use this engine in various forms across their model lineups. The Audi A4 S-line Special Edition currently has the most powerful version of the 2.0L TFSi engine that produces 220 horsepower. That engine employs different pistons, a modified turbo and new ECU to achieve the bump, though it's not clear how the S3 will squeeze out an additional 40 horsepower.

The A3 is also offered with the company's 3.2L V6 engine that produces a healthy 250 horsepower, so it seems odd that the S3 would feature a four-cylinder working much harder to make a few more ponies. Perhaps the fuel savings afforded by the four-cylinder are significant enough to warrant its use.

The S3 will also have Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system and is visually distinguished by a different front end, larger alloy wheels and dual exhaust pipes. Clearly the model pictured is meant for European markets, so we'll have to wait for its debut overseas before we learn more about U.S. availability.

[Source: WorldCarFans]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      The 2.0 TFSI on the S3 with 2620-272 hp will be definately lighter than the 250 hp 3.2 V6. That is why they are going with the turbo engine.
      • 9 Years Ago
      weight might also be an issue for the 4-turbo vs. 3.2 V6.
      • 9 Years Ago

      Taillights of the 2006 three door version of the A3 look exactly like the ones pictured. Audi didn't change a thing on the back of the car.

      But you are right, the yellow pic isn't a real pic of a S3. It's definitly a (partly wrong) computer illustration.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The 2.0T FSI isn't working "much harder" to generate the same amount of power. It's a bulletproof engine with direct injection. Throw all the boost you want at it. 260bhp is easy.

      Audi has a trend of choking the power on their turbo four-cylinders because they are capable of output that would embarass the "premium" V6's. The four bangers are lighter and more tuner friendly. The 1.8T's and 2.0T's are capable of incredible gains with merely a chip and exhaust. Try that with the V6.

      This is similar to Audi's strategy of powering the S8 with a 5.2 liter V10 that develops the same power as the 6 liter W12. Sure, same power, smaller engine, but the S8 is 450 pounds lighter!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I bet it will be similar to the difference in the 180 and 225 HP TT's, probably a bigger turbo and some upgraded internals. I also bet they're aiming at the market for people who want to mod these cars. Just like JayP said, these cars will be hitting over 300 HP with some very basic modifications.

      With a chip alone, the the 2.0T engine pushes about 250 HP.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Russell S: Mazda is making a Mazdaspeed 3:

      Sorry, no AWD. :(

      It looks like it might be an interesting(and better balanced) competitor to the SRT-4, but not to the S3/Evo/STi.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Its right, the 3-door A3 has the same taillights as the one pictured on the spyshot. They only changed the lights for the 5-door model.

      Regards from Germany
      • 9 Years Ago
      If I remember correctly, the A3 three door I looked at in the UK had different tail light than the five door.
      • 9 Years Ago
      260 HP from the 2.0T FSI is no big deal, a simple K04 on a 1.8T produces that.

      Quattro ? ...Haldex is no quattro and should not be called so.

      If they made it with a torsen it would be a sweet combination, otherwise no thanks.

      Mazda, how do you campare a Mazda to an Audi ?
      • 9 Years Ago
      In Europe, Audi sold a version of the TT last year (earlier this year?) that had a ~240hp version of the 1.8T. Similar sort of work on the 2.0T should put the output in that 260hp range. Could be a very nice car.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It makes sense given Audi's overall model structure... make the S3 with the hot-rodded 4 cylinder so you have room for the RS3 with a hopped-up V6.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The photo of the rear end is of a pre 2006 A3 (http://www.zr.ru/imgblock/149/audi4.jpg) so I'm not sure how valid that article is... although the front end looks real. The article also mentioned dual exhuast but the photo shows a single dual tipped exhaust. The tail lights on a 2006 A3 should wrap from the body onto the hatch.

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