Audi S3 spy pictures

30 Apr, 2012 7:18pm

Our spy photographers catch the first glimpse of the new 280bhp Audi S3 ahead of its launch next year

These are the first pictures of the all-new Audi S3. It's seen here testing in three-door guise but the newcomer will be available as a five-door hatch and a saloon, too. 

The hot A3 is marked out by quad tail-pipes – rather than the twin oval exhausts of even more extreme RS models – but other than that, it looks like a standard A3. This will change when the car makes production though, with a more aggressively styled chrome grille, rear spoiler and larger alloy wheels. 

The S3 will be powered by a 280bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine - it 18bhp more than the outgoing model - mated to Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system.

It will be on of the first cars to be built on the new VW Group MQB platform, which will make its debut on the regular Audi A3 hatch this September. The new platform will also see benefit including less weight through the use of aluminum panels and increased rigidity, which will improve handling and road holding.   

Expect to see the all-new Audi S3 on sale in the middle of next year with a price-tag of just over £30,000.