BMW’s latest M135i hatchback is about to get some hot competition with the upcoming release of the Audi S3.
Audi’s newest edition to the S models is reported to be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 5-cylinder engine, and is rumored to produce 276-hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. This will the replacement for the last S3’s ten-year old ‘EA113’ motor, and will be the first model to be powered by the updated ‘EA888’ engine. It will feature a freshly engineered turbo, Audi Valve Lift system to improve low-end response, and an estimated improvement of 15 hp and 22 lb-ft of torque.
In addition to the added power, the S3 will get larger by 22mm in length, 201 mm in width and 21mm in height. Still, the car will weigh roughly 176 lbs. less than its predecessor’s weight with the use of aluminum for select parts.
Reports suggest that the 2.0l-liter five-cylinder will be mated to a standard six-speed manual gearbox, with a seven-speed transmission dubbed DQ500 as an option.
Audi is anticipating a 0-62mph time of 5.5 seconds, which shaves 0.2 seconds off the previous generation’s time. Top speeds will be governed at 155mph.
– By: Alexandra Koken