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The Revamped Audi S3: More Power, Torque Splitter, and Performance Upgrades

17 Feb 2024

Audi is set to redefine the compact performance segment with the upcoming facelift of its iconic S3, available in both hatchback and sedan body styles. The German automaker has left no stone unturned in enhancing the driving experience, with a host of mechanical upgrades that go beyond the typical mid-cycle update. From a more powerful engine to a torque splitter borrowed from the RS3, the new Audi S3 promises to deliver an exhilarating driving experience.

Power and Performance

Power and Performance

The heartbeat of the revamped S3 is an upgraded version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter TFSI engine, now churning out an impressive 329 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque. This marks a significant boost of 23 horsepower over its predecessor, aligning it perfectly with the mechanically related Volkswagen Golf R 333 special edition. Complementing the power increase is a tweaked seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission with halved gear shift times during full acceleration.

One of the standout features in the new S3 is the adoption of a rear torque splitter, a technology inherited from the high-performance RS3. While lacking a dedicated drift mode, this torque splitter enhances cornering performance by optimizing torque distribution between the rear wheels. Drivers can expect improved grip and heightened confidence when pushing the S3 to its limits, especially around tight corners.

Acknowledging the importance of handling, Audi has equipped the facelifted S3 with larger brakes at the front axle. The front discs now feature new twin-piston calipers and enlarged pads, providing a larger friction surface for enhanced stopping power. Collaborating with Falken, Audi has also introduced a stickier set of 235/35 tires for the 19-inch wheels, ensuring improved traction and stability.

Beyond the brakes and tires, the front axle receives additional attention with a new pivot bearing on the MacPherson strut and stiffer wishbones. Combined with an evolution of the progressive steering system and retuned dampers, Audi claims that the S3 is now sharper than ever before, promising a more engaging and responsive driving experience.

Future Prospects and RS3 Updates

Future Prospects and RS3 Updates

The complete unveiling of the facelifted A3 family, including the S3, is anticipated later this year. Speculation suggests that the engine lineup for the S3 will align with the recently introduced VW Golf facelift. Meanwhile, Audi has hinted at possible tweaks for the RS3, potentially offering more power from the existing five-cylinder engine without resorting to electrification. The current 2.5 TFSI engine might see a power boost beyond the existing 401 horsepower (394 horsepower in Europe).

As Audi prepares to unleash the facelifted S3 onto the roads, enthusiasts can anticipate a compact performance car that not only boasts more power but also incorporates advanced technologies borrowed from its high-performance sibling, the RS3. With a focus on enhancing driving dynamics, braking performance, and overall handling, the new Audi S3 is poised to deliver an exhilarating driving experience for enthusiasts seeking a blend of power, precision, and style. As details continue to emerge, the automotive world awaits the full reveal to experience the evolution of this iconic model.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.

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