Audi is working the next-generation A3 at the moment. Of course, with the arrival of the redesigned compact, there has to be a new and more potent S3 somewhere around the corner. That turns out to be the truth, of course, as the hotter compact has been spied testing in Scandinavia in Sportback guise. Though, it’s fair to say that the sedan variant of the car is going to receive pretty much the same changes.
2021 Audi S3 Platform
First of all, say that the 2021 Audi S3 is going to be underpinned by VW’s updated MQB platform. The architecture will not only be modular; it will also save some weight and will allow the car to exploit new technologies.
2021 Audi S3 Exterior
Styling-wise, well, based on the prototype, it’s quite easy to figure out in which direction the development goes. The successor will get an evolutionary redesign that most probably includes more sculpted bodylines which create a more muscular car. As far as we think, the Audi A5 Sportback will keep its footprint pretty much unchanged.
Compared to the regular next-gen A3, the more potent model gets several new details like a more aggressive front bumper with some extra intakes, as well as deeper side sills. Take a look at sides and you will realize that the compact rides on larger alloy wheels; plus reveals aluminum-treated side mirror caps. From behind, the prototype shows quad-exhaust tips and new LED taillights.
2021 Audi S3 Interior
Inside of the new S3, you will find a completely new dashboard with sharper lines and an all-new infotainment system that works through either standard 8.8- or optional 10.1-inch screen. No matter which one you choose, it’s going to be integrated into the center stack without any doubt.
Under The Hood
Even though we are talking about a new generation model, the powertrain will stay pretty much identical. The new S3 will come fitted with the current 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that’s rumored to deliver more from today’s 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque; the power will reportedly be raised to 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of twist and will feed all four wheels via Quattro all-wheel-drive system. In place of today’s six-speed ‘box, the successor is going to use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
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