Officially rated with 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, the 2013 Audi S3 will be significantly more athletic than the 2012 model it replaces. Those power ratings come through a completely redesigned 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder that only has one thing in common with the previous unit — its displacement.
According to the automaker, torque is constant all the way from 1,800 rpm through the 5,500 mark before hitting its redline at 6,800.
In the 0-62 mph run (0-100 km/h) the car is also almost half a second faster when equipped with an S tronic gearbox for a 5.1 second run. That time slows to 5.4 seconds with the standard six-speed manual transmission.
Apart from the power increase, the S3 will also ride on Volkswagen’s new MQB modular architecture which it shares with the Volkswagen Golf. That transition will actually increase its wheelbase, although only by a negligible .62 inches. Despite that, it loses over 132 lbs compared to the 2012 model.
Drivers can also take advantage of an efficiency mode that optimizes the automatic air conditioning system and cruise control to use less gas. When equipped with the S tronic transmission the car will coast much the same as a manual would when the gas pedal isn’t depressed.
This year the S3 will also get LED headlights – a first for the premium compact segment. Otherwise, it follow’s Audi’s traditionally homologous design language, which isn’t a bad thing but it’s not exciting either.