Audi A3 And S3 Revealed

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
audi a3 and s3 revealed

You won’t see them at the 2013 New York Auto Show, but Audi took the wraps off the MQB-based A3 and S3 for North America at a private event today.

The standard A3 was revealed with its world engine lineup; a 1.4T making 140 horsepower and 184 lb-ft, a 1.8T making 180 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque and a 2.0 TDI engine making 150 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. Audi hasn’t announced on which engines will come to America. The S3 will get a 296 horsepower 2.0T engine mated to a DSG gearbox and all-wheel drive. There will be no manual for the American market across the board, unfortunately.

Audi has also announced that we will get the A3 Sportback, though the S3 Sportback hasn’t been confirmed. The Hungarian-built A3 will go on sale in 2014.

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  • CelticPete CelticPete on Mar 29, 2013

    Audi has quite a few models with manuals. The real issue is the traverse mounted engine. That means is basically FWD, no?

  • Sgeffe Sgeffe on Apr 01, 2013

    What is with the useless, goofy-looking inside rearview mirrors on more and more of these high-priced makes? (Not just cars like this one and the Minis--the M3, IIRC, is guilty of this same crime!) If I'm going to drop $40K+ on a car (or make $500/month payments and receive nothing at the end), I expect to be able to see the entire back window!

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