2012 Paris Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The 2013 Audi S3 will join the Audi A3 Sportback at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, but it's still not clear whether the S3 will be coming to the U.S.
- "We haven't announced anything on this," wrote Andrew Lipman, an Audi of America spokesman, in response to an e-mailed query from Edmunds.
- The Audi S3 is lighter and more powerful than the outgoing model.
INGOLSTADT, Germany — The 2013 Audi S3 will join the Audi A3 Sportback at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, but it's still not clear whether the S3 will be coming to the U.S.
"We haven't announced anything on this," Andrew Lipman, an Audi of America spokesman, wrote in response to an email query from Edmunds.
The 2013 Audi S3 goes on sale in Germany in early 2013 for the U.S. equivalent of $50,669.
The S3 is the more powerful version of the Audi A3 hatchback, and much to the chagrin of enthusiasts, Audi has never exported it to the U.S. Audi says the "S" stands for "sport and style."
The Audi S3 is lighter and more powerful than the outgoing model. It is equipped with a 300-horsepower, turbocharged and direct-injected, 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine. A manual six-speed transmission is standard; the S tronic dual-clutch automated manual transmission is optional. Compared with the previous model, curb weight has been reduced by 132 pounds.
"The 2.0 TFSI has been designed specifically for use in the new Audi S3," said Audi AG in a statement.
Audi says the S3 sprints from zero to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds when equipped with the S tronic gearbox and 5.4 seconds with the manual transmission. Top speed is 155 mph.
Visually, there is not much difference between the S3 and the A3 with the S Line package. Details include a revised front bumper, quad tailpipes and a roof spoiler.
The sport suspension on the S3 lowers the body by 0.98 inch compared with the A3. The S3 gets 18-inch alloy wheels with an S-specific design.
Edmunds says: The Audi A3 Sportback is not coming to the U.S. Unless Audi decides to build an S3 sedan, you probably won't see this car on American roads, either.