The Audi S3 is powered by a 2.0-litre TFSI turbocharged engine, putting out 296bhp and driven through Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system. The S3 will sprint from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds with the optional six-speed S Tronic gearbox fitted, and 5.2 seconds with the standard six-speed manual. The S3 will go on to reach a limited 155mph.
It’s fitted with lower and stiffer suspension to sharpen up the handling, but it’s worth selecting the softer damper setting so the S3 doesn’t crash over bumps and imperfections in the road. A sports exhaust and speaker in the bulkhead keeps the noise more throaty than standard A3′s, but the steering could do with more feel.