2015 Audi S3 Test Drive – Launched in 2006 at home, the small A3 came complete a fairly clear mandate in North America, that of attracting new customers in North American showrooms in the division to 4 rings. The only problem in this story is that this little was available in hatchback, a body that is not very popular among our southern neighbors. This explains the arrival in 2015 of the new A3 sedan – 2015 Audi S3 Test Drive
If this forced transformation mean that we say goodbye to the Sportback version of – okay, Audi will market the A3 e-tron in very small quantities in the country – the fact remains that the manufacturer arrives on our continent with a new variant S3, a model hitherto reserved for territories outside of North America. These are the “Audiphiles” who rejoice when writing.
2015 Audi S3 Test Drive – Discretion primarily
outset, the regulars will immediately recognized the customary recipe applied to models of the shield tattooed S. extended body stockings, to the more airy shield and the front grille brushed aluminum finish, not to mention the famous oversized rims and dual exhaust pipes at the rear, the S3 fully complies with the aesthetic criteria to belong to this decidedly more sporty. Those looking for a car “as-tu-vu” will probably look elsewhere.
A cabin a little more …
The interior of the S3 revolutionize anything in terms of extravagance. Everything is erased, functional and designed to satisfy driving enthusiast engaged. The steering wheel to the flattened base, more enveloping seats, badges “S” here and there and this pressure gauge turbo discreetly added to the base of the tachometer confirmed that this is a slightly variant spicy than usual.
Like all other models in the Audi S3 inherits a flawless assembly and quality materials. Despite his more rotund form, the S3 is not what we can call a car utility. Access to the front seats is smooth, a compliment which does not apply so much to the rear seats. Let’s just say the roofline requires occupants to be careful when boarding. Finally, the trunk is also quite minimalist, floor height being its main flaw. 2015 Audi S3 Test Drive
If, in the case of the tandem A4 / A5, mechanics used to move the S variants wins 2 cylinders, this is not the case here. Indeed, Audi TTS coupe prefer regain motor which is only a highly reworked version of the famous 2.0T married to any sauce for several years. So the 4-cylinder 292 horsepower (220 hp instead of the normal A3) and maximum torque of 280 lb-ft available from 1900 rev / min.
Do not worry, this muscular sedan trusted the quattro AWD system, while the gearbox – the only available way – is a dual-clutch unit with 6 reports. Yes, even a saloon “more accessible financially” as S3 must be content with a single transmission!
A treat everyday
Despite this detail that will infuriate purists “3 pedals”, the fact remains that the S3 2015 is a pure delight to drive in the urban jungle or even for long hours on a provincial highway. I must confess: my week trial took place in the month of January at temperatures around -20 ° C. Result: this first contact with this sporty 4-door has often led to some excesses of skidding.
With reduced adhesion, good tires and a disconnected traction control, S3 turns into a beast rally for the road. In fact, it is perhaps here that the rub. The sedan has a firmer suspension and on our road network decomposition, S3 is a bit uncomfortable at times.
But besides this detail annoying, the car delivers acceleration to the punch, the sound of 4-cylinder is not foreign to the TTS Coupe will happen in the fall of 2015. The brakes also gives him enough teeth and, lest we forget, the steering is heavy and accurate.
2015 Audi S3 Price
At a price of $ 52,750 before the delivery charges in the S3 is it worth 2015 worth? It is clear that at this price, there are cheaper options. However, these come from generic manufacturers. In this particular segment of the luxury sport sedans, there is another choice or the Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG, a car that starts at $ 50,600 with no option.
The Audi S3 represents for At the moment, a more roomy alternative to the TTS coupe, but equally powerful … almost!
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