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2008 Audi A3 S3 Sportback 5-dr hatch Car Review


AUDI hopes to broaden the appeal of its sporty S3 hatch with a new five-door Sportback model.

The new, more spacious S3, joins the rorty three-door German hot-hatch that was introduced halfway through last year.

Both the three and five-door S3s use a red-hot 2.0-litre turbocharged four that belts out a healthy 188kW of power.

At this stage it is only available with a six-speed manual, but a dual-clutch auto is expected to follow at some stage.

The S3 uses a constant all-wheel-drive system to make sure it has the best possible traction at all times.

It can bolt to 100km/h in a claimed 5.8 seconds and maxes out at an electronically-limited 250km/h.

There is also a swag of luxury gear, including supportive leather sports seats and a meaty Bose sound system.

Model release dates: October 2008 - April 2013

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Previous model

Make: Audi
Model: Audi S3

December 1999Release date:

June 2003End date:

The first S3 arrived in December 1999 with a price of $69,990.

From there the S3 fluctuated in price and specification.

In 2000, the price dropped to $66,950.

In 2002, it went up to $67,420.

Initially launched with 154kW and 270Nm outputs, the MY2001 model upgrade included new clear glass headlights, new grille, soft-touch electric hatch release and interior revisions.

In February 2002, the S3’s engine was upgraded to match the TT quattro’s 165kW /280Nm outputs.

From then on, the first generation remained unchanged from the few remaining examples sold in 2005.

All S3s were fitted with a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive.

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