Audi S3 Hatchback

Right after releasing images and information on the 2013 A3 Sportback, Audi released images of the all-new 2013 S3 Hatchback.  Like the Sportback, the S3 hatch will be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show.

The S3 hatchback looks very similar to the A3 with the S-Line package; of course it’s missing a couple of doors.  The only difference I can see is the added elements (winglets) in two air-scoops on the front bumper.

2013 Audi S3 Hatchback Front

Since this is the “S” model, this car is all about performance and it doesn’t disappoint.  At the heart of this hot-hatch is a newly developed turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0 liter direct-injection TFSI engine.  This engine (EA888) weighs 11 pounds less than the previous generation engine and produces 296 horsepower and 280 pound-feet (380 Nm) of torque; that’s 35 HP and 26 lb-ft of torque more than previous generation.  According to Audi, the 0 – 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint takes 5.1 seconds with the S-Tronic automatic gearbox and 5.4 seconds with the 6-speed manual, 0.4 seconds faster than the car it replaces.

The 2013 Audi S3 Hatchback will go on sale in Europe in early 2013 with a starting price of 38,900 (approximately $50,000 US).  No word yet on whether Audi will bring the S3 hatch to North American markets.

2013 Audi S3 Hatchback Pictures

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