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4 Apr 2001

The turbocharged 1.8-litre engine produces 154kW at 5800rpm and 270Nm of torque between 2100rpm and 5000rpmThe S3 only comes with a six-speed manual transmissionElectronic stability control is a standard feature in the S3The quattro four-wheel drive system uses a multi-plate clutch to progressively send power to the rear wheels if the front wheels begin to lose traction Suspension is by MacPherson struts with lower wishbones and a stabiliser bar at the front and a trailing arm, double wishbone arrangement at the back The front suspension is mounted on a subframe to reduce noise and a hydraulic engine mount is used to minimise engine vibrations Four-wheel ventilated disc brakes controlled by an anti-lock system are standard The S3 can hold 350 litres of luggage with the rear seat in place and 1100 litres when the seat is folded Safety features include dual front airbags, front side airbags and front seat pretensioners 17-inch alloy wheels with low profile 225/45 tyres are standard on S3 The S3 uses an electronic differential lock which helps improve traction in slippery conditions The front seats are dubbed 'Easy Entry' as both the seat back and cushion move forward to maximise rear-seat access Storage space is improved by under-seat trays The S3 shares its chassis and running gear with the Volkswagen Golf

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