As the high-performance version of the 2017 Audi A3, the new 2017 Audi S3 not only adds mojo to the already successful A3, it also tacks on an excellent handling, a standard all-wheel drive system, and an upscale interior. It is a nice option if you’re looking for an engaging compact luxury sedan. The Audi S3 2017 release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017, at least according to credible reports within the industry circles.
Very few cars in its segment can boast of being fuel-efficient, sporty, and relatively affordable, but the Audi S3 seems to have cracked the code. To start off, the newest Audi S3 comes with a 292- horsepower – yielding 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine beneath its hood. According to Audi, the combination of this mill and a six-speed automated transmission system and an AWD system should be enough to send you from 0-60 mph in a scorching 5.0 seconds.
And even in doing so, the Audi S3 is still conservative at the pump with EPA saying it will most likely checking in at around 31 mpg in highway cruising. Furthermore, the A3 is further differentiated from the S3 in terms of the latter’s unique features such as various exterior styling mods, larger brakes, and an optional magnetic-ride adaptive dampers.
The 2017 Audi S3 interior, on the other hand, is generously updated and appointed. However, unlike the 2017 A3 the S3 suffers from a modest backseat and therefore makes it a not-so ideal choice for a family vehicle. On rougher roads, the S3 may seem rather stiff, and the truck volume is rather modest by any measure.
Alternatives you can consider include the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG. A fine choice, no doubt, but seems to suffer from the same foibles as those of the 2017 Audi S3. Other options available include the Subaru WRX STI 2016, BMW 2 Series, and the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R hatchback.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG price starts from around $49,500 and some of the features that offer you value for the money include a luxury-car status for a relatively affordable price, a fiery performance, and a commendable power and handling. Beneath the hood of the CLA45 AMG 2017 is a familiar 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that cranks out 375 horsepower and 350 pounds-feet of torque.
2017 Audi S3 Review of Trims
Prestige and Premium Plus are the two trims models that are offered for the 2017 Audi S3. Exterior Audi S3 colors: Glacier White Metallic, Dakota Grey Metallic, Cumulus Blue, Daytona Grey Pearl Effect, Mythos Black Metallic, Piemont Red Pearl Effect, Arrow Grey Metallic, Andora Red Pearl Effect, Vegas Yellow, Glut Orange, Dark Sapphire Pearl Effect, Amalfi White, and Light Santa Fe Metallic. Changes can be expected on its release date.
2017 Audi S3 Interior & Exterior Facelifts
Some of the standard features and accessories offered for the S3 Premium Plus model include LED daytime running lights, a power-retractable display, dual-zone automatic climate control, selectable driving modes, eighteen-inch wheels, a leather upholstery, automatic wipers and xenon headlights, Bluetooth connectivity, a panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, an eight-way power front sport seats, a rearview auto-diming mirror, a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, an SD card slot, HD and satellite radio, and front and rear parking sensors.
The S3 Prestige Convertible comes equipped with a fourteen-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, smartphone app integration, heated power-folding outside mirrors, an upgraded MMI system, adaptive cruise control, active lane-departure intervention, LED headlights and interior lighting, Audi Connect online services, and adaptive cruise control.
Wheelbase: 8 ft. 7.6 in. (103.6 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 7.9 in. (175.9 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 10 in. (70 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 12.3 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3450 lbs.
Top Speed: N/A
0-60: 5 sec
MPG: 23/31 mpg (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Brilliant Black, Florett Silver Metallic, Glacier White Metallic, Monsoon Gray Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Sepang Blue Pearl…
Towing Capacity: N/A
2017 Audi S3 Engine Specs
As previously mentioned, the new Audi S3 2017 soldiers on with the familiar 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine beneath its hood that generates 292 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque. The default transmission system is the “S tronic”.
2017 Audi S3 0-60 mph takes only 4.6 seconds – a tenth of a second quicker than its most formidable for – the CLA45 AMG.
Despite the Audi S3 swiftness, it still manages to keep its fuel economy ratings impressive – 23/31/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
2017 Audi S3 Price & Release Date USA
While leasing is an option, the S3 is set to go for sale for an MSRP starting from $42,500. Rumors are rife its release is set for the first half of 2017.