Audi S3 Sedan 2.0 TFSI S-Tronic Quattro Review
Red mist

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
3 Sep 2014

Introduction, Exterior

What immediately comes to mind when you’re asked to think of a four door sedan that’s bolted to a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine? Quite naturally for most people, the Japanese sports sedans will be the first on the list. While the Mitsubishi Evolution and the Subaru WRX gave rise to a whole new generation of driving enthusiasts, one can’t get far from its boyracer image and the magnetic attraction our hard working LTA officers have towards them.

Grown up and old, where else can a boyracer get his automotive thrills? Look to the Germans of course. Lately there’s a trend of shoving powerful 2.0-litre turbos into innocuous looking sedans. The Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG is one such example. Shoved with a maniacal engine under the hood, the small sports sedan can still manage mundane family duties when necessary albeit at a rapid pace. That performance naturally comes with a large sticker price as well but Audi seems to have come up with a solution. 



Compared to other souped-up sedans, the S3 Sedan isn’t in your face about its performance. There’s still some A3 docility in its design. Perhaps larger air intakes in the lower bumper does hint at its enlarged heart but much of it is non-descript.

However the little clues that hint at its prowess still exist. In the front, the Audi S bits are still there. An S3 badge attached to the single frame aluminum grille, aluminum mirror covers and the quad pipes in the back. Compared to the hatch, the length of the sedan has increased by 144mm with a small boot lid spoiler added to complete the look. For wheels the S3 comes standard with 18-inch five parallel design mated to 225/40 R18 tires. 

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Engine Capacity 1984cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 9.3:1
Bore x Stroke (82.5 x 92.8)mm
Power 280bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 380Nm @ 1800rpm
Power to Weight 193.1 bhp per ton


Acceleration 5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed S-tronic
Drive Type F4
Steering Electric


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4469 x 1796 x 1392) mm
Wheelbase 2631 mm
Kerb Weight 1450 kg
Boot Capacity 390 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs