Audi will be introducing its latest addition to the A3 family with the S3 Sportback at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show next month. This performance hatchback adds more doors together with a longer wheelbase for improved passenger and luggage accommodation.
The all-new five-door Audi S3 Sportback features a new 296hp 2.0-liter TFSI engine that's actually 5kg lighter than the old one. When linked to Audi's S-tronic twin-clutch transmission, the S3 Sportback can achieve a 0-100km/h time of 5 seconds and can reach an electronically limited top speed of 249km/h.
The Audi magnetic ride, an electromagnetic damper control system, is available as an option for the S3 Sportback. It controls microscopically small magnetic particles circulates found in the suspension's synthetic hydrocarbon oil via varying electrical voltages corresponding to three driving modes to adjust cornering performance of the vehicle accordingly.
The S3 Sportback's passenger space has been improved by 35mm while the luggage space is now 15mm more spacious as compared to the three-door S3, totaling to 380-liters of cargo space and expands up to 1,220-liters with the second row seats folded down.
The controls and buttons inside are clear and intuitive, instrument dials are in grey matched with white needles. The rev counter now also features a boost pressure indicator. Models equipped with S-tronic meanwhile will have aluminum shift paddles, pedals, and footrest.
It also comes with a host of convenience and safety features like the adaptive cruise control, which when combined with the safety system Audi pre sense front brings the car to a stop autonomously from speeds below 30km/h, and continues through Audi side assist, Audi active lane assist and camera-based traffic sign recognition to the park assist system.