Pint-sized su­per star

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con­sump­tion and more features. There will be no three-door (not enough in­ter­est, Audi says) so we’ll see the five-door Sport­back body and— for the first time early next year— an S3 sedan. the $65,000 to $70,000 bracket, a bit cheaper than its keenly an­tic­i­pated ri­val from Mercedes-Benz, the A45AMG that’s due in Septem­ber.

For a com­pact car the S3 is ex­pen­sive but re­pays with ex­cep­tional build qual­ity, clever en­gi­neer­ing and driv­ing dy­nam­ics that will make any critic re­joice. Equip­ment lev­els in­clude a high-end sat­nav in­te­grat­ing Google Earth imag­ing, driver fa­tigue mon­i­tor, xenon head­lights with LED tail lights, leather up­hol­stery and 18-inch al­loys.


De­spite hav­ing the same ca­pac­ity as the out­go­ing model, the 2.0-litre en­gine is new and its 221kW/380Nm out­put is up 33kW/50Nm which it gets via all-wheel-drive.

Fuel use through the sixspeed dual-clutch au­to­matic gear­box is claimed at 6.9 litres/ 100km, down 8.3 litres. It equates to a new 0-100km/h

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