An impressive performer

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Audi Ireland is delighted to announce the arrival of the Audi S3 hatchback, which is now available to order from Audi dealerships nationwide.

Orna Conway, general manager of product and marketing, Audi Ireland, commented: “The all-new Audi S3 has it all and we are hugely excited about its arrival to the Irish market. Sporty, elegant and powerful, this new model epitomises the Audi brand and brings stylish design and world class engineering together with leading edge performance.”

The S3 delivers impressive performance. The sprint from zero to 100kph is completed in 5.1 seconds when equipped with the S-Tronic transmission (5.4 seconds with the manual transmission), and top speed is electronically governed at 250kph. Combined fuel economy stands at 6.9l/100km (manual 7.0l/100km). This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 159g/km (162g/km in the manual version).

The S3 is equipped as standard with a manual six-speed transmission with a lightweight magnesium case. The optional S tronic transmission boasts high efficiency and a tall sixth gear.

The lower gears are short in the interest of dynamics, as is also the case with the manual transmission.

Another innovation in the Audi S3 is progressive steering. The steering rack is geared in such a way that the ratio varies. It is somewhat more indirect around the centre and very direct when steered sharply. For the driver, the result is a pleasantly smooth character when driving straight ahead and fittingly rapid response in tight corners.

The three-door body of the S3 is also very stiff, crash-safe and quiet. A noise-insulating windscreen is standard. The coefficient of drag is just 0.33.

Audi has designed a variety of infotainment elements for using the new services, topped by MMI navigation plus with MMI touch.

The high-end system boasts a super-flat, power-retractable, seven-inch monitor and a new operating concept in which MMI touch is integrated into the rotary pushbutton. The Audi Phone Box connects mobile phones to the vehicle in a convenient way, and the sound system from Bang & Olufsen offers pure hi-fi enjoyment, with LED light guides accentuating the woofers in the doors.

The assistance systems in the S3 come directly from the full-size class.

The Audi S3 is open for Irish order now. Its price is €45,260 OTR for the manual version.

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