2015 Audi S3 Photo Gallery

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Audi offers buyers seeking a more engaging driving experience an S model variant of just about every car in its lineup. Joining the new 2015 A3 subcompact sedan is the high-performance 2015 S3.

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While we don't know performance numbers just yet, we do know that the S3 will be powered by a tuned version of the A3's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder The S3 adds more punch with sporty, aggressive styling inside and out.

Check out the photo gallery of Audi's new high-performance S3 below. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Robby DeGraff | March 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

2015 Audi A3 and S3: Up Close

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It's one thing to hear automotive executives liken their entry-level luxury car to their largest luxury car, but it's quite another to, sort of, agree with them. The new Audi A3 sedan is no A8, but it's a heck of a lot more luxurious and feature-packed than you'd expect it to be.

The new compact sedan is 6.5 inches longer than the current A3 hatchback, and the designers endeavored to make the new sedan appear longer, with a creased hood that comes pretty far forward to meet the grille. From many angles it does the trick, but if you view the car's profile, it still has the stubbiness associated with front-wheel drive. Modest fender flares give the car a sporty, broad look.

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The white A3 TDI at the preview was equivalent to a well-equipped Premium Plus model, so it didn't represent the base trim level, but Audi says the greatest visual difference is smaller wheels. Checkmark-shaped LED running lights are an Audi signature (though everyone seems to be copying them). The red, sportier S3 wears LED headlights, which won't be standard on the A3.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | March 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

More 2015 Audi A3, S3 Photos

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We just posted our first look at the upcoming Audi A3 and S3 sedans that debuted at a special preview event on the eve of the New York International Auto Show. We didn't want to overload that post with all the images the manufacturer provided, so we're putting them here. Keep reading below for a few dozen images of both models. Click on any image for a larger version.

By David Thomas | March 26, 2013 | Comments (0)

2015 Audi A3 and S3 at the 2013 New York Auto Show

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  • Competes with: BMW 1 Series, Buick Verano, Mercedes-Benz CLA250, Acura ILX
  • Looks like: A remarkably nice update of the model that established this growing segment
  • Drivetrain: Turbocharged 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engines and 2.0-liter clean-diesel four-cylinder; six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Early 2014

While other manufacturers steered clear of subcompact luxury cars, Audi took the plunge in 2006 and held fast with its A3 hatchback, and lo and behold, other brands have joined the party. Now Audi has redesigned the A3, which will be sold in the U.S. primarily as a sedan for the first time. Another first, it will come in an S3 performance version.

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Though the redesigned A3's world debut is scheduled for next month at the Shanghai Motor Show, Audi gave an exclusive preview to journalists on the eve of the New York International Auto Show's press days. The sedan, and its S3 sibling, aren't even going to appear at the New York show. After our time with the cars, they were immediately, uh, Shanghaied.

Audi developed the A3 sedan with the U.S. and China in mind, so naturally it couldn't be small. It's grown 6.5 inches in length versus the current hatchback to 175.5 inches and almost 2 inches in wheelbase to 103.4 inches. That's about 10 inches shorter than the current A4 sedan. Audi says the next-generation hatchback will also return, but not until the end of 2014 and only as a plug-in hybrid.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | March 26, 2013 | Comments (1)

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