2013 New York: The 2014 Audi S3 is also here to duke it out against the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

The new 2014 Audi S3 sedan is gearing up for its world debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show alongside its basic sibling, the 2014 Audi A3 sedan, which saw its web debut not too long ago. And yup, as you guessed, it’s here to take on the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG.

Under the hood sits Volkswagen Group’s all-too-common 2.0L TFSI engine, which is good for 296hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. When that 2.0L TFSI four-pot is mated to Audi’s S-Tronic automatic, 60 zooms by in just 4.9 seconds while the manual transmission takes 5.3. The top speed of the new 2014 Audi S3 is limited to 155 MPH.

Of course, larger brakes and upgraded suspension and steering are included in the package along with the usual mix of more aggressive body work, chrome side-view mirror housings, and larger 18-inch wheels as standard.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

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Audi S3 Sedan

Just a few months after the launch of the new A3 Sedan model series, Audi will introduce the top model – the S3 Sedan. The 2.0 TFSI produces 221 kW (300 hp) and 380 Nm (280.27 lb ft) of torque. Its high-performance four-cylinder engine combines highly advanced efficiency technologies – dual fuel injection, exhaust manifold integrated in the cylinder head, the Audi valvelift system and a rotary valve module for thermal management.

This version of the Audi S3 Sedan, paired with the S tronic, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.9 seconds; with the manual transmission it takes 5.3 seconds. The car’s top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.34 mph). The four-cylinder turbo has a combined fuel consumption of just 6.9 liters per 100 km (34.09 US mpg) or 7.0 liters (33.60 US mpg) (with S tronic or manual transmission), respectively – for a CO2 equivalent of 159 or 162 grams per km (255.89 or 260.71 g/mile). A fast-operating multi-plate clutch in the quattro drivetrain distributes forces to the front and rear axles (provisional data).

The suspension lowers the body 25 mm (0.98 in). Large brakes are at work behind the standard 18-inch-wheels; the front discs are 340 mm (13.39 in) in diameter. The electrically assisted progressive steering varies the steering gear ratio – it is somewhat more indirect in the middle position, but very direct when large turns of the steering wheel are made. The Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system is standard, and the Audi magnetic ride damper control system is available as an option.

Visually, the top model is distinguished by modifications to the bumpers, the singleframe grille, air intakes, exterior mirror housings, side sills and rear spoiler.

The four oval tailpipes of the exhaust system are embedded in the diffuser with chrome trim. In the interior, the Audi S3 Sedan offers sport seats (optional S sport seats), instruments with gray dials and trim strips in black 3D look.

– By: Chris Chin