2015 Audi S3 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2015 Audi S3 - Road Test Specs

2015 Audi S3 Sedan

(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 6-speed Automated Manual)


Year Make Model2015 Audi S3 2.0T Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
Vehicle TypeAWD 4dr 5-passenger sedan
Base MSRP$47,895
Options on test vehicleMisano Red Pearl Effect ($550), 19-Inch Performance Package ($1,500 -- includes 19-inch, five-double-spoke-Star-design polished anthracite wheels with 235/35 summer tires, Audi Magnetic Ride)
As-tested MSRP$49,945
Assembly locationGyor, Hungary
North American parts content (%)0


ConfigurationTransverse, front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged, direct-injected inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,984/121
Block/head materialCast iron/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.3
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,500
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)Shifts at 6,600
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)292 @ 5,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)280 @ 1,900
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission typeSix-speed auto double-clutch manual with console shifter and steering-mounted paddles with sport/competition modes
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 2.923; II = 1.833; III = 1.308; IV = 0.969; V = 1.037; VI = 0.812; R = 3.263
Final-drive ratio (x:1)I-IV: 4.769, V-VI: 3.444
Differential(s)Front: open, Center: electronically controlled clutch with full-lock (50/50) ability, Rear: open


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, optional driver-adjustable three-mode magnetorheological dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, optional driver-adjustable three-mode magnetorheological dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.3
Tire make and modelContinental ContiSportContact 5P
Tire typeAsymmetrical, summer, performance
Tire size235/35R19 (91V) front and rear
Wheel size19-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialPainted alloy
Brakes, front13.4-inch one-piece ventilated discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear12.2-inch one-piece ventilated discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)1.8
0-45 mph (sec.)3.0
0-60 mph (sec.)4.6
0-75 mph (sec.)6.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)12.9 @ 105.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.3
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.6
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.1
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.0
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.0
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)14.0 @ 103.9
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)107
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)70.7
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON69.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.90
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.92
Sound level @ idle (dB)41.2
@ Full throttle (dB)73.2
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)64.0
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,500

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsMoving your foot directly from the brake to stomping the throttle gives a noticeable delay leaving the line, a combination of some hesitancy from the dual-clutch transmission as well as a bit of turbo lag. But once the tach sweeps past 3,000 rpm, the S3 moves forward with some dang good thrust considering it only has 292 hp. Upshifts are quick, even in the regular Drive transmission mode. Things get more interesting when you turn off traction control, put the Audi Drive Select system into the Dynamic setting and use the power-braking method (overlapping brake and throttle at the line). This invokes the launch control system, which brings the revs to 3,800 rpm before you release the brake. And the upshifts become lightning-quick. The car leaves the line with a bit of front wheelspin (even though it is all-wheel drive), and using the launch control was easily the quickest method. LC produced nearly identical times whether in Sport transmission mode or Manual mode. The little four-cylinder turbo engine sounds fantastic, with a five-cylinder-type noise. Manual shifting is via steering wheel paddles or the console shift lever (pull back for downshifts). It blips the throttle nicely on downshifts but does not hold gears to a rev limiter; it upshifts automatically at 6,600 rpm.
Braking commentsThe brakes feel fantastic, with a firm pedal and reasonably short travel. The pedal stayed dead-consistent throughout, and distances were super-consistent, too. The car stops with zero fuss, hardly any nosedive and no side-to-side squirm. The first stop was 109 feet, the sixth stop was the shortest at 108 feet and the seventh and final stop was 109 feet. Impressive.
Handling commentsThis car proved a stunning handler through our slalom course. Sharp, responsive and incredibly capable. It's also fun. It's most stable while accelerating, so slalom speed is dependent on entering at a lower speed than it's capable of at neutral throttle and then accelerating through the slalom course. This will occassionally result in power oversteer, but it's always a small, controllable slip angle. Steering response is immediate and incredibly sharp, and I never felt like I wanted quicker steering. The skid pad required small adjustments to be made by jumping out of the throttle, but not as much as I'd anticipated. Plus, the stability control calibration is very, very good so it's probably best to leave it on in most situations. There's enough feel to know where the front grip limit lies and drive right to it. Suprisingly, there's less reward in trying to "drive" this car over its limits than I anticipated. It doesn't rotate aggressively, and with the stellar ESC it's not worth it anyway. Just get in, set up the car like you want using Drive Select and have fun.

Testing Conditions

Test date3/3/2015
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)61.4
Relative humidity (%)39.9
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.8
Wind (mph, direction)2.8, crosswind
Odometer (mi.)4,015
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)39/36

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)26 combined (23 city/31 highway)
Edmunds observed (mpg)20.5 average/25.4 best/17.1 worst
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5
Driving range (mi.)449.5

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionOptional AM/FM/HD/SAT Bang & Olufsen sound system with 14 speakers and 705 watts
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via proprietary cable
Satellite radioStandard Sirius/XM with three-month trial subscription
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemOptional with 7-inch display screen
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Optional
Smart entry/StartStandard
Parking aidsOptional parking sonar front and rear, back-up camera
Blind-spot detectionOptional
Adaptive cruise controlOptional
Lane-departure monitoringOptional
Collision warning/avoidanceOptional
Night VisionNot available

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,450
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,449
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59/41
Length (in.)175.9
Width (in.)77.2
Height (in.)54.8
Wheelbase (in.)103.6
Track, front (in.)61.1
Track, rear (in.)60.1
Turning circle (ft.)36.1
Legroom, front (in.)41.2
Legroom, rear (in.)35.1
Headroom, front (in.)36.5
Headroom, rear (in.)36.1
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.8
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.0
Seating capacity5
Trunk volume (cu-ft)10.0
GVWR (lbs.)4,641


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years
Roadside assistance4 years
Free scheduled maintenance1 year/5,000 miles

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