Audi A3/S3 Sedan
At the 2013 New York Auto Show Audi has revealed the new sedan version of its A3 model, which will go on sale this summer, followed by the high-performance S3 Sedan.
The new A3 Sedan has an overall length of 4.46 meters, with an increase of 22 cm compared to the Audi A3 hatchback (4.24 m), while its wheelbase has been extended from 2.60 to 2.64 meters.
Compared to it, the recently introduced CLA-Class has relatively bigger dimensions, with a length of 4.63 meters (+170mm) and a wheelbase of 2.70 meters (+60mm).
The “tornado line” design element forms a distinct light- refracting edge that runs over the entire side. Above the side sills, the dynamic line rises more sharply than on the other two A3 models.
The side surfaces are more intensively curved, and the wheel arches are slightly more flared. With a width of 1.80 meters (5.91 ft), the A3 Sedan is eleven mm (0.43 in) wider than the A3 Sportback; its height (1.42 meters [4.66 ft]) is still nine mm (0.35 in) lower than that of the Sportback.
At the rear, the spoiler is integrated in the trunk lid, and the lights emphasize the car’s horizontal lines with their broad and low cuts. LED technology is available as an option.
Audi will also be offering full-LED headlights right at market launch – their innovative technology and distinctive appearance underscore the positioning of the A3 Sedan.
The new A3 Sedan be available at dealers late this summer. The base price for the 1.4 TFSI is around 25,000 euros.
Audi S3 Sedan
Set to be launched a few months after the launch of the new sedan model series, the S3 Sedan will be equipped with a 2.0 TFSI engine delivering 221 kW (300 hp) and 380 Nm (280.27 lb ft) of torque.
The S3 Sedan, paired with the S tronic, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.9 seconds; with the manual transmission it takes 5.3 seconds. The car’s top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.34 mph).
Visually, the top model is distinguished by modifications to the bumpers, the singleframe grille, air intakes, exterior mirror housings, side sills and rear spoiler.
The four oval tailpipes of the exhaust system are embedded in the diffuser with chrome trim. In the interior, the S3 Sedan offers sport seats (optional S sport seats), instruments with gray dials and trim strips in black 3D look.