Three-box version of 300PS S3 joins more familiar S3 and S3 Sportback variants as final S3 Cabriolet model waits in the wings

  • Totally new 2.0 TFSI engine with turbocharging and direct injection
  • Ample power and minimal consumption: 300PS and 380 Nm, but also up to 40.9mpg
  • 0 to 62mph in 4.9 seconds, governed 155mph top speed, combined MPG 40.9, CO2 159g/km (with S tronic transmission)
  • S sports suspension and Audi magnetic ride as standard
  • Available to order now priced from £33,240 OTR - first deliveries in March 2014

Opportunities to savour 300PS in a compact, quattro all-wheel-driven Audi will soon be fourfold as the new S3 Saloon joins its three-door and five-door Sportback counterparts and the new S3 Cabriolet waits in the wings. The latest ‘three-box’ version of the sub-five-second-sprinting, 155mph addition to the Audi S quattro Series is now available to order priced from £33,240 OTR, and first examples will reach the UK in March 2014.

A brand new long-stroke 2.0-litre TFSI engine which shares only its 1,984cc displacement with its predecessor is at the heart of the new S3 Saloon. Peak power is available at 5,500rpm, and peak torque between 1,800 and 5,500 rpm, and when linked to the S tronic twin-clutch transmission the S3 Saloon can use these to deliver a 4.9-second sprint to 62mph on the way to a governed 155mph top speed (5.3 seconds with the manual transmission). Combined fuel economy stands at 40.9mpg (manual 40.4mpg).

The powerful four-cylinder engine bristles with new technologies which help to push the S3’s boundaries in terms of both output and economy. These include the use of both direct and indirect injection, the integration of the exhaust manifold into the cylinder head and the use of innovative thermal management for faster warm-up. Two balancer shafts rotating at twice the speed of the crankshaft optimise refinement, but thanks to an electromechanical actuator in the bulkhead the cabin is filled with just the right amount of sound, with just the right sporting tone. The exhaust system also includes a sound flap that opens at certain engine speed ranges to give this even greater depth.

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New compact SUV to slot in below Q3 will be produced at Audi plant in Ingolstadt, Germany from 2016

  • Audi CEO Rupert Stadler: "The Q1 is a key component of our growth strategy."
  • Chairman of the General Works Council, Peter Mosch, welcomes the decision

The Board of Management and the Works Council of AUDI AG have confirmed that a new SUV model called the Q1 will be produced at its plant in Ingolstadt, Germany from 2016.

"The Audi Q1 is part of our broad-based SUV strategy. It is designed on the basis of the modular transverse engine concept and will round off our Q series at the bottom end,” stated Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG.

As an attractive entry into the Q family, the new model will make a significant contribution to the company’s ongoing growth and will strengthen its international competitiveness. Audi is continuing its model offensive with the Q1; by 2020, the brand will expand its product range from the current 49 models to more than 60, and will reach total unit sales of more than two million cars each year.

The decision to produce the new model will help to secure utilisation of capacity at the main plant in Ingolstadt over the long term. At this site, Audi produces models in the A and B segments, namely the A3 and A3 Sportback and the A4/A5 family.

Peter Mosch, Chairman of the General Works Council, welcomes the decision: “This is a clear commitment to Ingolstadt as a production site. We will continue to make every effort to develop the plant even further as the leading technological site of the Audi Group."

The Q family currently comprises the Audi Q3, RS Q3, Q5, SQ5 and Q7. The Q5 is the global market leader in its direct competitive environment. By the end of October this year, 194,930 examples of this mid-size SUV had been delivered to customers – a 17 per cent increase over the same period last year. A production total of approximately 230,000 Q5s is planned for 2013, which is more than half of the total Q volume.

The proportion of the company’s total production volume accounted for by SUVs will be about 28 per cent this year, and is planned to rise to more than 35 per cent by 2020. Overall, Audi has produced and delivered more than 1.5 million Q family models since the market launch of the first SUV in 2006.

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Our hybrids can be driven purely electrically in EV for short distances. This makes for reduced emissions and almost silent driving. D mode is set up for optimised fuel consumption and main drive power comes from the 2.0 TFSI engine. The program maintains an efficient balance between fuel consumption and performance. Features of this mode include electric drive, gliding, start-stop, boosting and recuperation. The boosting feature enables the electric motor to boost the combustion engine, briefly generating additional output and torque for the hybrid system. The S mode features sporty engine and transmission settings and performance can be boosted by the electric motor.

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With the Audi A8’s optional power-close doors, you simply pull the door to, and at the last moment, an electric motor closes the door for you perfectly, every time. No slamming. No having to reopen and close the door again.

It is touches like these that make owning an Audi A8 such an unrelenting pleasure.

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Adaptive air suspension is optional on the Audi A7 Sportback. Designed to improve both comfort and efficiency, the adaptive air suspension adjusts according to driving conditions and roads.

For instance, while driving on the motorway, the suspension will lower itself to ensure a more streamlined and aerodynamic position, reducing wind drag, and in the process, requiring less power to maintain speed.

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