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2014 Audi S3 Sportback – first official photos and info

2014 Audi S3 Sportback was revealed in the first official pictures by the German manufacturer. The new model emerged in the shadow of the new and powerful Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG. The new S3 will make its debut at 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

2014 Audi S3 Sportback

2014 Audi S3 Sportback

The German car manufacturer from Ingolstadt has released the first official pictures and information of the 2014 Audi S3 Sportback. The new S version of A3 Sportback is expected to be launched at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show, Palexpo (4-6 March press; 7-17 March public). S3 Sportback boasts with a 300 hp engine and a low fuel efficiency.

2014 Audi S3 Sportback Wallpaper [photo gallery]

2014 Audi S3 Sportback – Engine & Design & Price

The five-door Audi has a 2.0-liter TFSI engine that delivers 300 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 280 pound-feet of torque (380 Nm) available between 1,800 and 5,500 rpm. This power is enough for a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration in just 5 seconds. Regardless of transmission choice, the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).

2014 Audi S3 Sportback has in standard a 6-speed manual transmission, but customers can order a 6-speed S-Tronic automatic transmission. The difference between the two transmissions is five tenths of a second for the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint, in favor of the S-Tronic unit, which is equipped with a Launch Control function.

In terms of fuel efficiency, 2014 Audi S3 Sportback with the manual transmission has a mixed fuel consumption of 7.0 liters/100 km (40.3 mpg imperial; 33.6 mpg US) and 162 g/km CO2 emissions.

The same S3 equipped with the S-Tronic automatic gearbox has an mixed fuel consumption of 6.9 liters/100 km (41 mpg imperial; 34 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 159 g/km.

The lower gears have a close natural setting for better performance, while the sixth gear is optimized for low fuel economy.

As standard, the new 2014 Audi S3 Sportback is equipped with quattro all-wheel drive system, which benefits from a new multi-plate clutch, which provides extra grip and a better response to acceleration.

2014 Audi S3 Sportback

Compared with the old S3 Sportback, the new model is 1.5 liter per cent more efficient the cylinder capacity remaining unchanged, and the engine is now lighter by 5 kilograms (11 lbs). The front axle is moved forward by 52 millimeters (2 in) compared to the previous generation, and thus achieve a better balance. The engine is also inclined back 12 degrees. The front suspension consists of McPherson struts with aluminum subframe, moreover the front axle bearings, the crossmember, hood and front fenders are made of aluminum. The rear multi-link suspension is made of high strength steel with sports settings.

With a total weight of 1445 kg (3185 lbs), 2014 Audi S3 Sportback is 70 kg (154 lbs) lighter than the previous model and has an aerodynamic drag coefficient of 0,30 Cd. The Germans chose a mass distribution of 59/41 front/rear, which – they say – ensures a neutral cornering behavior, which in company of a progressive steering mechanism promises extra precision.

The new S3 measures 4310 mm (169.7 in), 1780 mm (70 in) width and 1425 mm (56 in) height making it slightly larger than the previous generation. The wheelbase has also been increased and reaches now 2638 mm (103.8 in).

The braking system of the 2014 Audi S3 Sportback includes discs with a diameter of 340 mm (13.4 in) for the front axle. The rear axle has an electromechanical operated parking brake. The stability control system was reconfigured to meet the needs of this model. On models equipped with MMI system, customers will have an Individual mode in the Audi Drive Select system, where they can customize certain elements of steering response and throttle according to their needs.

Also optional is the Audi Magnetic Ride system represented by a set of special shock absorbers that improve handling and comfort and can change its response to road imperfections depending on the selected setting in the Audi Drive Select.

2014 Audi S3 Sportback

The 2014 Audi S3 Sportback interior has black or brushed aluminum decorative and sports seats which can be either a combination of black Nappa leather with fabric, Nappa leather Alcantara, Nappa leather or Velvet leather. The interior can be black with white stitching or black with red stitching. The S logo is appears on the back of the seats, the door sills, steering wheel and the gearshift.

The boot has at 380 liters (13.4 cu-ft), which can reach up to 1220 liters (43 cu-ft) by folding the rear seats. There is also a multifunction leather sports steering wheel in additional equipment, equipped with aluminum paddles for the S Tronic transmission.

2014 Audi S3 Sportback Price. On the German market, the new S3 Sportback price will start at €39,800 Euros and customers will be able to order the car starting September this year.

2014 Audi S3 Sportback S-Tronic
Engine/cylinder 2.0 TFSI / l4
Displacement 1984 cc
Power (HP) 300 / 5500 rpm
Max. torque 380 Nm at 1800 – 5500 rpm
Traction AWD – quattro
Transmission / speeds S-Tronic / 6
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 5 seconds
Top speed 250 km/h  /  155 mph
No. doors 5
No. seats  5
Length (mm/in) 4324 / 170.2
Width (mm/in) 1785 / 70.3
Height (mm/in) 1404 / 55.3
Weight (kg/lbs) 1445 / 3185.7
CO2 emissions 159 g/km

2014 Audi S3 Sportback Video

2014 Audi S3 Sportback via Audi

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