2014 Audi S3 Sportback Revealed!
2014 Audi S3 Sportback has just been unveiled and it comes with numerous new assets and positive attributes. First of all the four-cylinder engine in the S3 Sportback has been overhauled. The displacement of 1,984 cc is the same as this one with the predecessor of the model. In fact, this is the only similarity they have n common.
The engine can generate up to 221 kW (300 hp) at 5,500 rpm and has a maximum torque of 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft), constantly available from 1,800 to 5,500 rpm. The unit responds immediately to the driver's wishes and boasts a sportily sound.
Despite the powerful output, the 2.0 TFSI delivers great efficiency thanks to the new technologies in includes, ranging from dual injection through the Audi valvelift system and an exhaust manifold integrated within the cylinder head to innovative thermal management.
The unit can be mated to an optional six-speed S tronic transmission. In this case, the S3 Sportback sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in only 5.0 seconds. The six-speed manual transmission needs just five-tenths of a second more. Top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h (155.34 mph).
To go further into details, the 2.0 TFSI engine needs just 6.9 liters per 100 km (34.09 US mpg) on average when paired with the S tronic. This engine requires 1.5 liters per 100 km less compared to the previous S3 Sportback.
Furthermore, this Audi model is equipped with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. It also includes a redesigned multi-plate clutch and the front axle is 52 millimeters (2.05 in) farther forward compared to the previous model. The 2.0 TFSI is more than five kilograms (11.02 lb) lighter than the previous engine and is tilted backward by 12 degrees.
A new sophisticated suspension and S sport suspension lower the body by 25 millimeters (0.98 in). Additionally, given that the axle-load distribution (59% to 41%, front to rear) and new progressive steering are present, they consequently lead to better sports handling.
Next, in order to have prominent stance on the road, the new Audi S3 Sportback runs on 7.5 J x 18 wheels. In addition, the low rolling resistance of the 225/40-series tires helps reduce fuel consumption. The calipers of the large brakes, which measure 340 millimeters (13.39 in) in diameter up front, are painted black and bear S logos.
What is more, the 2014 S3 Sportback comes as a standard with Audi drive select, which is a system that handles characteristics of the electronic gas pedal, shift points of the optional S tronic and the steering ratio for progressive steering. There is a push-button, which helps the driver to specify whether these systems should operate in comfort, auto, dynamic or efficiency mode.
At last, the new lightweight construction of the model also contributes enormously to the dynamic performance of the Audi S3 Sportback. This five-door car has a curb weight of 1,445 kilograms (3,185.68 lb), which is exactly 70 kilograms (154.32 lb) less than the previous model.
Gallery: 2014 Audi S3 Sportback