• Aug 1, 2006


Information about the upcoming Audi S3 is sketchy at this point, but a photo of Audi's newest S has found its way onto a Spanish-language buff book. Per usual, speculation is rampant, but a few technical facts have made their way into the webiverse over the past two days.

The S3 will more than likely be fitted with a variant of the two-liter TFSI engine and mated to either a 6-speed manual or Audi's delicious DSG. The turbocharged mill will put out approximately 260 bhp, but whether that power will find its way to all four wheels or just the front two remains to be seen.

Aerodynamic enhancements are limited from this vantage point, but a new front splitter accentuating the Audi family's gaping maw, accompanied by larger air inlets to feed the engine and cool the brakes gives cred to the S3's potential. Side skirts are par for the course.

Beyond that, it is educated guesstimating. One could safely assume that an uprated suspension package will be available, along with 17" or 18" wheels shod in stickier rubber. Brakes will grow, exhausts will be retuned and all will be right with Audi's 'lil hatch. That is until an RS variant finds its way to consumers.

Will we benefit from these developments in the U.S.? Who knows? But you can't fault us for dreaming.

[Source: Autoblog.it]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Not necessarily since this Audi looks great and Mazdaspeed3 not.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There are two officially released pictures and more information about the S3 in this page:

      http://www.babez.de/audi/audi-s3-2006.php
      • 8 Years Ago
      If it doesn't have quattro, the Mazdaspeed3 will eat it for lunch.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm just going on what the article states. Ugly or not is purely subjective. I like them both in the looks department.
      • 8 Years Ago
      if it had 40/60 (front/back) torque split with torsen, I would be first in line for it.

      260 hp with 2L engine it's got to have a KO4, if you chip it it will have over 300 hp with torque probably at 330 or 340. for a small car that a nice figure.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmm, let's see 2 fewer cylinders, 10 more peak HP than the 3.2 (and probably less drivable torque), slightly lighter, and some cosmetics . . . for what will undoubtedly be a price starting at $43k or $44k? Uh, who's going to buy this? Don't get me wrong, I like the TFSI 2.0 + quattro, but not as the top of the line S model, especially when the 3.2 has so much potential (HELLO AUDI! Can you say turbo 3.2?). If Audi can sell these, then they're geniuses.