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Audi's five-door S3 and its Sportback sibling will now be able to benefit from the S tronic dual-clutch transmission. Mated to the 2.0-liter TSFI, you'll seamlessly shift from first all the way to sixth, with 265 hp on tap and 258 lb-ft. available from just 2,500 rpm. You'll also get even better gas mileage, with both cars registering 28 mpg, not to mention hitting sixty two-tenths of a second faster than would with a manual: 5.5 or 5.6 seconds depending on whether you're piloting the three- or five-door. The DCT is available now, and for better gas mileage, quicker shifts, and a quicker car... why wouldn't you?


Ingolstadt, 2008-11-17: Audi S3 and S3 Sportback with S tronic

* Efficient and fast dual-clutch transmission for the S3
* Quicker acceleration paired with even higher fuel efficiency
* Particularly sporty combination in the compact class
* Available now

A milestone in transmission technology is now available in the Audi S3 and S3 Sportback sporty compact models. The S tronic dual-clutch transmission unites the powerful two-liter TFSI engine with the road in a manner that is both sporty and efficient. This ensures quicker acceleration, high agility and ride comfort along with improved fuel efficiency.

A genuine marvel of engineering, the revolutionary S tronic dual-clutch transmission has been a sensation ever since it debuted in the Audi TT 3.2 quattro in spring 2003. It combines the advantages of a compact six-speed manual transmission with the qualities of a modern automatic. The driver thus benefits from enormous agility and driving pleasure with acceleration that is both harmonious and dynamic, without any perceptible interruption in the power flow. This is coupled with good economy thanks to low fuel consumption, and convenient operation.

The ultracompact S tronic with twin multi-plate clutch can simultaneously preselect two gears. With its ingenious electrohydraulic operation, it shifts from one gear to the next in a split second. It can thus enable engine torque as high as 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft).

The powerhouse engine in the S3 is an ideal partner: the 2.0 TFSI has already won the "Engine of the Year Award" four times. It supplies 195 kW (265 hp) and maximum torque of 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft), which remains constant from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. At a weight of just 152 kilograms (335.10 pounds), this turbocharged direct-fuel-injection engine propels the Audi S3 and the S3 Sportback into the exclusive class of compact sports cars.

The S tronic makes the dynamic spearhead of the A3 family even speedier. It further reduces, by two-tenths of a second, the time required to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (0 to 62.14 mph). More specifically, in just 5.5 seconds for the S3 and 5.6 seconds for the Sportback. At the same time, fuel consumption has improved to 8.3 liters/100km (28.34 mpg) with CO2 emissions of just 193 g/km (310.60 g/mile) (A3 Sportback: 8.4 liters/100km (28.00 mpg) and 195 g/km (313.82 g/mile).

Both of these sporty models are now available at dealerships: the S3 for €38,900 and the S3 Sportback for €39,800.

AUDI AG sold a total of 964,151 cars in 2007 and thus achieved its twelfth consecutive record year. With revenue of €33,617 million and profit before tax of €2,915 million, the company attained its best figures ever. Audi produces vehicles in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm (Germany), Györ (Hungary), Changchun (China) and Brussels (Belgium). At the end of 2007, production of the Audi A6 started in Aurangabad, India. The company is active in more than 100 markets worldwide. AUDI AG's wholly owned subsidiaries include Automobili Lamborghini Holding S.p.A. in Sant'Agata Bolognese (Italy) and quattro GmbH in Neckarsulm. Audi currently employs around 57,000 people worldwide, including 45,000 in Germany. The brand with the four rings invests more than €2 billion each year in order to sustain the company's technological lead embodied in its "Vorsprung durch Technik" slogan. Audi plans to significantly increase the number of models in its portfolio by 2015 to 40.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Color me bitter brown cause it won't reach the US.
        • 6 Years Ago
        APR, GIAC, and REVO are the big ones. Each one's website has a list of garages near you.
        • 6 Years Ago
        just out of curiousity, do you know a place that sells an ECU tune for the A3?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yay, another thread fighting about the merits of twin clutch transmissions based on lack of direct connection with the car. No one seems to realize that the two are not mutually exclusive.

      A twin clutch box is technically superior to a traditional manual, but no one has gotten the tactile feel right. It's even entirely possible to provide a clutch pedal* and a tree pattern shifter for the nostalgic. A pedal would actually be useful for drifters who often use a quick clutch-in, clutch-out (with power) to break traction. I have no doubt that a properly designed twin clutch box could offer more driver input and feedback while providing the superior performance they offer now. Manufacturers just use buttons out of laziness, habit and/or cost.

      I like the feel of a shifter in my hand as much as the next gear head, but everyone wants the option of relaxing that left foot in heavy traffic now and then.

      *Not actually as tricky as it seems. The pedal would control the "active" clutch and the computer could transition the "inactive" clutch to the current pedal position when the driver shifted the gear lever. And, that gear lever could be H pattern or Sequential or even both!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, the S3 is suddenly attractive to me. I haven't been interested in an Audi in over 5 years.

      Too bad about the poor mpg, I guess it's better than before though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll just take a Mazdaspeed3 that does the same thing for a third of the price.
        • 6 Years Ago
        MS3 isn't the same thing at all. Its faster in a straight line sure, probably more mods available and more potential, if thats your thing go for it. The S3 offers AWD, MS3 does not, S3 offers a luxury, MS3 does not. MS3 offers performance, S3 does too, just not quite as much. Its a different car for different purposes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ken Stamper called it for me. 0.2 sec or no 0.2 sec, I want a direct connection to control the car. A computer controlled paddle button doesn't do it for me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wish they'd bring an A3 3DR here but the current one looks a bit stody at the C pillar.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "...The DCT is available now, and for better gas mileage, quicker shifts, and a quicker car... why wouldn't you?"

      Driver Involvement? 2/10ths of a second doesn't mean as much to me as the mechanical pleasure of driving a car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hook, line, and sinker on the bait that Autoblog dangled in front of you, Mr. Stamper.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That 3 door hatch looks pretty cool, except for the huge grill. Why can't we have this in the US? I could even make due with about 100 hp less, if it would increase the efficiency even further and make the price of entry a bit more reasonable.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Gotta have the 3 door in the states. It's a shame they don't bring them here, ever since I saw them in Europe years ago I have always wanted one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sounds good. It's sad that it wont come to the US.
      I personally prefer the looks of the 5-door to the 3-door (the 5-door looks more like the A4, while the 3-door looks sort of old).
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