The S3 is far beneath bearding than before.
Earlier this year, Audi apparent the latest bearing of its A3 bunched sedan, which best up a accomplished host of upgrades. Now, it’s time to see how these changes affect its adventurous variant, the S3.
While we aboriginal saw a glimpse of the 2022 Audi S3 beforehand this summer, the automaker has now apparent fit to cycle out some added advice apropos the adaptation destined for US shores. Like the A3, the S3 rocks a abundant added advancing attending than before, with harder angles lending a abundant added absorbing appearance. The S3’s anatomy is the aforementioned 1.6 inches best and 0.8 inch wider than the archetypal that came afore it, while the anatomy sits 0.6 inch lower to the arena than the A3, acknowledgment to a accepted action suspension. Out back, the bankrupt tips are larger, aloof in case all four of ’em weren’t arresting enough.
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Inside, Audi takes cues from its beyond affluence cars and translates them able-bodied into a abate anatomy factor. Sporting alike added angles than before, the S3’s new autogenous looks far added exceptional than in the past, acknowledgment in allotment to $.25 like the new ability action seats, because design bond consistently ramps up the fancy. The seats backpack some blooming cred, too, as they’re fabricated mostly from recycled artificial bottles.
There’s affluence of tech tucked abroad in the 2022 S3. Alike admitting it’s a bunched car, the S3 can be able with an accessible surround-view camera system, while an also-optional head-up affectation can advice accumulate aberration to a minimum. If you’re agog on screens, you’ll acceptable dig the accepted 10.1-inch touchscreen active the latest adaptation of Audi’s MMI infotainment system. A 10.3-inch agenda apparatus array is standard, but a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit advancement is accessible for those attractive to get the bigger and best feature-packed screens possible. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are, of course, standard.
The 2022 Audi S3’s powertrain additionally gets a bit of a juicin’. In Europe, the S3’s 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 will put out about 305 application and 295 pound-feet of torque, improvements of 17 and 15 respectively, but the agent has not yet been accustomed an official appraisement in the US, so Audi can’t affirm specific achievement for the States aloof yet. A seven-speed dual-clutch manual will be accepted in both markets, though, as will all-wheel drive. The Euro-spec S3 will ability 60 mph in aloof 4.8 seconds, so this tiny auto is no slouch.
But there’s added to how the S3 will abscond than aloof the engine. A new alternative S action abeyance will accompany adaptive black into the fold, alteration its characteristics based on agent mode. There’s additionally a new administration ambassador active in the car’s electronics that promises bigger advice amid the all-wheel-drive system, the adherence ascendancy and the alternative adaptive suspension. It’s not the electrified-platform agent dynamics processor the automaker alien beforehand this year, but it sounds forth those lines, and I’ll be attractive advanced to seeing how it all gels already Audi lets us booty a able at the S3 on the road.
Suffice it to say, there’s a accomplished lot of addition activity on with the 2022 Audi S3. While we don’t yet accept appraisement for US models, the S3 branch to Germans in October will alpha about 47,000 Euro (about $56,000, anon converted). For added context, the 2020 Audi S3 starts about $43,000.