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.”
Designing the new S3
Ultra lightweight construction is an Audi core competence. The new S3 weighs no more than 1,395 kilograms, a value that is easily the best in its competitive environment. Compared with the previous model, kerb weight has been reduced by 60 kilograms. Thanks to hot-shaped high-tech steels, the body-in-white alone represents a weight saving of 28 kilograms over the previous model. The large aluminium parts in the front section of the car round out the lightweight construction concept.
Each element of the design of the new S3 is precise and distinctive. The athletic stance is emphasized by the low bonnet, and the characteristic tornado line below the windows and the sharply sloped C-pillars stretch the body visually. Xenon plus headlights with
The exterior’s sporting overtones are of course carried over into the interior. A distinct arch encircles the instrument panel; slim and low, the instrument panel appears to float on the centre console. Luggage capacity is 365 litres, which can be increased to 1,100 litres by folding down the rear seats.
The sports seats with pull-out seat cushions are also a new development. A mix of Velvet leather with Fine Nappa leather is standard in the new S3. Audi also offers optional S sport seats with integrated head restraints and diamond quilting.
The new Audi S3 rolls on 7.5 J x 18 alloy wheels with 225/40-series tyres. The wheels sport an S-specific design with five parallel spokes. They are produced using sophisticated flow forming technology, in which the outer rim is rolled out over a cylinder at high pressure and high temperature. While the system is shaping the wheel blank it is also strengthening the material, which allows for thinner wall thicknesses – the wheel is lighter, yet stronger.
Audi drive select is standard in the new Audi S3. It incorporates the characteristics of the electronic accelerator, the boost of the progressive steering and the shift points of the optional S tronic. The driver determines with the push of a button whether these systems operate in comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency or individual mode. In individual mode, drivers can compose their own preferred profile within certain limits.
The Audi S3 is open for Irish order now, priced €45,260 OTR for the manual version.