New Audi S3 Sportback

6 Mar, 2013 5:14pm Luke Madden

Pictures and details of the 296bhp Audi S3 Sportback following its debut at the Geneva Motor Show

The new Audi S3 Sportback has made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Audi has already unveiled the three-door S3, and the five-door Sportback is powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, producing 296bhp. A six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard but a six-speed dual-clutch S-Tronic gearbox can also be specified, with all S3s fitted with quattro four-wheel drive.

With the dual-clutch gearbox the S3 Sportback can accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.0 seconds, while with the manual it takes 5.5 seconds. The top speed for both is electronically limited to 155mph.

Audi has improved fuel economy over the old S3 Sportback, claiming a figure of 41mpg for the S-Tronic model and 40.4mpg for the six-speed manual.

The S3 has sport suspension that is 25mm lower than the standard set-up to help improve handling, while bigger brakes are fitted, too.

The S3 Sportback gets LED daytime running lights as standard an aluminium-look S grille and four oval exhausts mounted in a diffuser at the rear. Grey wing mirrors and a large rear spoiler complete the look.

The Audi S3 Sportback goes on sale in September, with prices expected to start from around £34,000.

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Now here is one Audi that makes BMW looks cheap in comparison. Has Audi lost the plot?


The four-wheel drive and extra 80bhp of the S3 go some way to explain the price difference.

its actually more the Audi golf R which is more expensive than an S3. In my eyes this is the best performance car around in real world terms. It can fit the kids in and a dog in the back and can put the power down in all weathers. Its the one id buy!

The Golf R or GTi is the one to have, although the S3 is still a great car.

This one ticks all the boxes. It's fast without looking like a Boy Racers' "hot hatch", has the great s-tronic 6 speed gearbox, 4WD, superb build quality & has practical load space. The only downside for me is that it isn't as pretty as the old A3\S3... but it's growing on me slowly.