2013 Audi S3 revealed with 221kW

Audi has released details of the 2013 Audi S3, just after unveiling the new A3 Sportback. The high performance model packs more technology, improved efficiency, and a 33kW power boost.

The current model S3 comes with a 2.0-litre TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder producing 188kW. The 2013 model features a newly-developed 2.0-litre TFSI turbo four. Audi says the only aspect that is shared on the new engine with the outgoing one is the displacement of 1984cc.

Power is now at a very serious 221kW, while the 380Nm torque figure should be enough to rip the A3-based hot hatch around corners like a roller-coaster. It enables the S3 to accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 5.1 seconds (S tronic), with a top speed limited to 250km/h.

The new model will be available with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch auto. In the S tronic, average fuel economy is rated at just 6.9L/100km, making for a very desirable set of power/economy figures.

Like the current model, the 2013 S3 comes with sporty styling enhancements on the outside, and a similarly focused interior on the inside, with highly bolstered sports bucket seats and ‘S’-themed details.

Being the top-line A3, the S3 interior also comes with the company’s latest MMI seven-inch LCD multimedia interface, incorporating a high quality Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Internationally, the new model will arrive in dealerships in early 2013.

As for Australia, we are likely to get the Sportback five-door version, not yet revealed, during the second half of 2013. Local pricing and specifications are yet to be confirmed.

UPDATE: Audi Australia corporate communications executive Shaun Clearly confirmed with PerformanceDrive that locally, the S3 will only be available in five-door Sportback form. Market introduction dates are yet to be finalised.