The 2009 Audi S3 and S3 Sportback will be getting Audi’s much-praised S-tronic 7-speed twin-clutch transmission starting 18 Nov 2008. Both models will get the S tronic twin-clutch transmission which quickens shifts and reduces fuel-consumption.
Power for the 2009 Audi S3 comes from a 2.0 TFSI unit that produces 265-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 mph for the S3 comes in 5.7 seconds and 5.8 for the Sportback. However, with the S-tronic 7-speed twin-clutch the three-door S3 does 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. Fuel-economy is reduced to 28 mpg.
The S-tronic twin-clutch will be available to order starting Oct. 1st for an extra cost of £1,450 ($2,610). Of course, it’s only available to the Europeans.
NEW AUDI S3, S3 SPORTBACK WITH S TRONIC TRANSMISSION
German car maker Audi has given the A3/S3 hatchback a facelift for the 2009 model year with a host of internal and external tweaks.
Exterior-wise, a new front grille, new headlights with Audi’s trademark LED daytime running lights, exterior mirrors with integral turn indicators and new taillights with innovative fibre optic rods are just some of the changes.
The interior has also been given a makeover with new switches and controls, generous use of aluminium brushing, new instruments and beautiful alcantara leather.
A milestone in transmission technology is now available in the Audi S3 and S3 Sportback sporty compact models. The S tronic dual-clutch transmission unites the powerful two-liter TFSI engine with the road in a manner that is both sporty and efficient. This ensures quicker acceleration, high agility and ride comfort along with improved fuel efficiency.
A genuine marvel of engineering, the revolutionary S tronic dual-clutch transmission has been a sensation ever since it debuted in the Audi TT 3.2 quattro in spring 2003. It combines the advantages of a compact six-speed manual transmission with the qualities of a modern automatic. The driver thus benefits from enormous agility and driving pleasure with acceleration that is both harmonious and dynamic, without any perceptible interruption in the power flow. This is coupled with good economy thanks to low fuel consumption, and convenient operation.
The ultracompact S tronic with twin multi-plate clutch can simultaneously preselect two gears. With its ingenious electrohydraulic operation, it shifts from one gear to the next in a split second. It can thus enable engine torque as high as 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft).
The powerhouse engine in the S3 is an ideal partner: the 2.0 TFSI has already won the “Engine of the Year Award” four times. It supplies 195 kW (265 hp) and maximum torque of 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft), which remains constant from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. At a weight of just 152 kilograms (335.10 pounds), this turbocharged direct-fuel-injection engine propels the Audi S3 and the S3 Sportback into the exclusive class of compact sports cars.
The S tronic makes the dynamic spearhead of the A3 family even speedier. It further reduces, by two-tenths of a second, the time required to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (0 to 62.14 mph). More specifically, in just 5.5 seconds for the S3 and 5.6 seconds for the Sportback. At the same time, fuel consumption has improved to 8.3 liters/100km (28.34 mpg) with CO2 emissions of just 193 g/km (310.60 g/mile) (A3 Sportback: 8.4 liters/100km (28.00 mpg) and 195 g/km (313.82 g/mile).