Just after announcing pricing for the updated A4, the 2021 Audi S3 is set to debut in Australia in 2021 with new styling, a new interior and more attitude.
The new S3 will gain a new rhombus-patterned front grill with new air inlets to aid cooling. The rear of the 2021 Audi S3 will have a larger rear diffuser and the signature quad tail pipes to accentuate the sport look.
Optional on the new 2021 Audi S3 models will be the full Matrix LED headlights – which block out light from oncoming objects – and the daytime running lights will consist of an array of up to 15 LED segments, 10 of which will form two vertical lines.
As before, the 2021 Audi S3 sedan and Sportback will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 228kW of power and 400Nm of torque through Audi’s standard quattro all wheel drive system. New for the S3 will be the Audi valvelift system (AVS) which adjusts the lift of the intake valves as required, this means that the combustion chambers are well filled, while thermal management helps to ensure high efficiency. The 0-100km/h time for both new S3 models is 4.8 seconds and onto a top speed of 250km/h (electronically limited), which is the same as the outgoing model.
Also standard for the 2021 Audi S3 is the seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission. The hydraulic multi-plate clutch in front of the rear axle is fully variable and moves between the front and the back as required to make sure maximum grip at all times.
Compared with their predecessors, the new S3 models have grown in size: the Sportback and the Sedan are 30mm and 40mm longer respectively, while both models are 30mm wider as well.
The boot space of the new S3 Sportback holds 325-litres of cargo space with the rear seats in place and 1,145-litres with them folded down. The S3 sedan holds 370-litres.
The new look interior of the S3 has changed a lot more the exterior with the new smaller shifter for the automatic gearbox and decorative aluminium or carbon inlays. A 10.25-inch digital display is offered as standard. Alternatively, the Audi virtual cockpit and its “plus” version can be had as an option.
The safety systems that are offered in the new S3 models are forward collision warning with automatic braking, swerve assist, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. Optional will be lane change assist, front and rear cross traffic alert and self-parking – though Australian specs are yet to be announced.
When is the 2021 Audi S3 coming to Australia?
The new Audi S3 Sportback and Audi S3 sedan are expected to arrive in Australia in the second half of 2021. Further information on pricing and specification details will be announced closer to Australian launch.