Audi has released their new 2013 Audi S3 ahead of its official debut at the Paris Motor Show 2012 starting next week. The S3 is powered by a new 2.0 TFSI with turbocharging and gasoline direct injection. The engine is combined with the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.

The four-cylinder unit delivers a constant 380Nm of torque to the crankshaft between 1,800 and 5,500rpm. Rated power at 5,500rpm is 300hp, and the engine redlines at 6,800rpm. The sprint from zero to 100km/h is completed in 5.1 seconds when equipped with the S tronic (5.4 seconds with the manual transmission). The electronically governed top speed of 250km is just a formality.

The new Audi S3 comes standard with a manual six-speed transmission. The optional S tronic has a tall sixth gear. S tronic can be operated using the short selector lever or with the optional paddles on the steering wheel. It includes the modes D and S in addition to manual mode. The driver can activate launch control at the push of a button. This manages starts with controlled tire slip to deliver maximum engine power to the road.

The new Audi S3 rolls on 7.5Jx18 alloy wheels with 225/40-series tires. The wheels sport an S-specific design with five parallel spokes. The new S3 weighs no more than 1,395 kilograms. The new Audi S3 is 4,254 millimeters long, 1,777 millimeters wide and 1,435 millimeters tall. Its wheelbase measures 2,595 millimeters, 17 millimeters more than its predecessor.

The Audi S3 will arrive at dealerships in early 2013. The base price in Germany is €38,900.

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