2015 Audi S3

The German carmaker Audi is planning to make big impact on the market with their new lineup. They plan to redesign their A3 lineup, to shred its proportions and to release it as 5 car family. One of these cars will be 2015 Audi S3. Audi decided to go with this small vehicle, so we can taste this three-door car as AWD S3 sedan. Structure of the car will be the one which Audi uses a lot nowadays – MQB platform based. This concept is shared with 2015 VW Golf.

2015 Audi S3

2015 Audi S3 redesign

Wheelbase of the new Audi S3 is similar to Golf’s, but there are slight differences. Aluminum was used in building the vehicle, mostly for the hood, the structure under the rear parcel shelf, and the bumper beams. Total weight of the 2015 Audi S3 sedan will be about 3200 pounds, which is 400 pounds lighter from the Benz CLA45 AMG. Also, new S3 will be shorter for about 8.8 inches and it will have lower roof.

2015 Audi S3 side view

Cabin is designed to emphasize the car’s small footprint and lighter mass. Interior will have skinned panel and plastic punctuated round air vents. There will be also some aluminum trim additions to splash the brightness. Seats will flare with red bolsters. Big LCD touchscreen will be in the center of the dashboard, with speedometer, fuel and temperature status.

2015 Audi S3 interior

2015 Audi S3 engine

Powertrain range for the 2015 S3 will be excellent. For a small car, it is planned to be equipped with direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cyllinder EA888 engine. This vehicle will have Quattro, and the power is distributed to the rear axle via a computer-controlled Haldex clutch. All this will be good for the output of 290 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Six-speed S-tronic twin-clutch automatic will be only gearbox option for US market, while there will be possibility of optional 6-speed manual. The 2015 Audi S3 will have excellent performance, with sprint 0-60 mph time in 4.8 seconds.

2015 Audi S3 rear view

2015 Audi S3 release and price

It is expected that 2015 Audi S3 will be unveiled at upcoming car show in New York, but market sale is expected to start somewhere in August or September. However, its price, as a top vehicle of the 5-car A3 family will start with around $42.000.