If you want a high-performance, compact car than the 2018 Audi S3 is your answer. The only smaller model in the Audi lineup is the RS3 version but this one is capable of providing a laidback experience of an A3 brand without any problems. But since the RS3 is not available in the US, buyers form the North American market will have to satisfy themselves with a S3 model as the smallest Audi product offered there.
Audi has just released pictures of its facelifted 2018 Audi S3 version. Although this model is going to be available very soon for Europe, people in America will have to wait a bit longer to get it. Still our review of the Euro-spec version will mostly coincide with the US when, when the release date comes.
The pictures show a slightly redesign S3 car with some updates made to its exterior but not big ones. The innovations continue with some technical additions given for the inside, with the crown jewel being the Audi virtual cockpit. But more happy news comes with the offer under the hood as they managed to squeeze in more power for the car.
When will the Release Date be announced for the 2018 Audi S3?
As far as the release date for the 2018 Audi S3 goes, the model is going to be offered for the German market already this year. The car is scheduled to make an appearance mid-year and it will also be offered for its respective European markets. When it comes to the US, we can expect the release date to come next year, separating us at least a year from a North American release.
What is the Price for the 2018 Audi S3?
The price rates have already been made official for the 2018 Audi S3. The Premium Plus trim starts sales at $42,900 as the base MSRP price, which is a $400 boost with the previous model. The Prestige version is priced higher, given at $48,400.
What are the 2018 Audi S3 Exterior Changes?
Audi is always cautious when redesigning their cars, and the 2018 Audi S3 will take the same approach. The model does resemble the current version a lot and you would not even notice the difference unless you take a long, close and detailed look. The headlights are similar but now get jagged bottom edges. These changes result also with a flatter contour and sharper corners. The Xenon lighting elements come as standard while the LEDs and matrix LEDs are offered optionally. The Singleframe grille will also receive sharper edges for its front side.
The rear end has more modifications made for it. The tweaks added here make it look a bit wider and the additions include new taillights shape with new graphics and a modified lower diffuser. The exterior will also offer a choice between six newly offered colors, Ara blue, Cosmic blue, Nano grey, Tango red, Vegas yellow, and, exclusive to the S line, Daytona gray pearl.
2018 Audi S3 Interior Design and Photos
The inside of the 2018 Audi S3 is pretty much the same, design-wise. The seating is limited to five passengers with the front seats getting bolsters for added comfort. The upholstery is made from diamond-patterned quilted leather and brushed metal is used for the trim. There is a flat bottom, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel which is very easy to use. But the biggest addition here has to be the virtual cockpit, first time added to a compact car. It is a 12.3-inch TFT screen which replaces the conventional gauges seen before and there are also multiple display modes provided as well.
The infotainment system also gets a new menu, similar to the one used on a smartphone. Most of the controls are operated with a rotary/push-button control placed on the central tunnel, but you can also use a touchpad to enter characters and gestures. There is also a lot of navigation equipment offer and also connectivity for the car, which concludes our modern offer for this model.
What Drivetrain Options does the Car have?
Although the changes for the 2018 Audi S3 are minor, the manufacturers have managed to expand the power output of the new model a bit. The car still uses a turbocharged, transverse, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and adds 10 horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque, to make a total output of 310 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Within Europe, the S3 models are going to be equipped with a seven-speed S tronic automatic transmission, but the American versions come with a six-speed manual and an added third pedal.
2018 Audi S3 0-60 mph and Top Speed
With the updates made to the engine of the 2018 Audi S3, the model will also change its acceleration rates. The stats are still not official, but there was an announcement which estimates it at 4.7 seconds necessary to reach 0-60 mph. The top speed will be limited to 155 mph.
Fuel Economy Expectations
The stats about the fuel economy and the 2018 Audi S3 are still not official. The model updated the engine so we feel that the consumption will also take a toll. The current version measures an EPA rating for 21 mpg city, 28 highway, 24 combined, which will perhaps change for the newest S3.
2018 Audi S3 Dimensions
The Size and the dimensions of the 2018 Audi S3 are not going to change. We are looking at a car which will incorporate the same numbers when it comes to its size, so the car is 13.91 feet long and has a wheelbase of 8.53 feet.
What are the Safety Characteristics?
The smaller 2018 Audi S3 will transfer some of the safety equipment from the full-size category vehicle. The new driver’s assistance tech includes pre-sense front warning, active lane assist, pedestrian monitor, and rear-cross traffic warning. Optional pieces of equipment are adaptive cruise control and Stop&Go feature with traffic jam assist as well. The optional list is expanded with emergency braking and matrix LED headlights get automatic high/low beam assistance.
What are the Rivaling Cars?
The 2018 Audi S3 is the smallest Audi product on the American market, but there are other compact cars to consider here as well. Models like the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA45 and the BMW M235I Coupe are the perfect examples of competition which the S3 will be facing.