Audi S3 gets power boost, new styling and new tech

New look A3 benefits from new engines and latest Audi gadgets

Audi has updated the A3 to bring it inline with the rest of its product range, adding an updated MMI, new connectivity tech, new engines and a redesigned exterior. The S3 also benefits from a power hike of 10bhp and 15lb ft of torque.

The biggest change to the new A3 range, aside from the exterior design tweaks, is the introduction of a new 1-litre TFSI three-cylinder motor, as well as a newly developed four-cylinder 2-litre TFSI. The three-cylinder becomes the entry level engine in the A3 range, producing 115bhp and 147.5lb ft of torque.

Also new for the A3 is a completely redesigned 2-litre TFSI four-cylinder petrol engine. Available with either 150bhp or 184bhp, it is joined by a choice of either a six speed manual transmission of a seven speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox.

>Read our Audi S3 review

The new S3 gets a retuned ESC setting specifically for the car and altered gearbox calibration. These changes have also been implimented in the S3 Sportback, S3 Saloon and S3 Cabriolet.

In terms of technology, Audi now offers its Matrix LED headlights as an option on the A3. The interior features the 'virtual cockpit' found in the Audi TT, R8 and Q7 as well as a redesigned MMI system. Numerours other options make their way from the A4 to the A3, including lane assist and traffic jam assist.

The new look A3 will be open for orders in May and first deliveries of the car will be made in Summer.

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