2025 Audi S3 Finally Getting The RS3's Best Feature

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Along with a new design, more power, and a whole lot of performance.

Audi has released the first images of the 2025 Audi S3 in both sedan and hatchback guise (only the sedan will come to the US), revealing details of what to expect with the forthcoming update. The updates include a new aero kit, additional power, and improved performance, with technology borrowed from the RS3.

Unlike the typical swirly camouflage seen on development prototypes, the facelifted Audi S3 has donned a marketing-friendly bit of camo with vivid orange used to block out some of the details Audi doesn't want seen. Still, it leaves little to the imagination. An updated grille, more aggressive front and rear bumpers, redesigned headlamps and taillights, and a repositioned Audi emblem are the bulk of the design changes expected.

But enough about that, what about the performance, which has received a healthy bump?

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Power and torque have been increased to 328 horsepower and 310 lb-ft, respectively - increases of 22 hp and 15 lb-ft over the current model. The top speed may still be 155 mph, but the S3 is quicker in getting there. 0-62 mph is claimed at 4.7 seconds, a tenth quicker than the current car, so 0-60 mph will dip into the low-4s.

Peak torque is available from 2,100-5,500 rpm, but the increase in performance comes from the S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox's higher starting torque level. Shift programming has also been revised, resulting in full-bore shifts taking half the time they previously did.

The updates are all fine and well, but the big detail is the S3 will inherit the torque-splitter from the Audi RS3. This rear clutch-based differential pack allows torque to be divvied left and right, enabling the drift mode we've experienced in the RS3.

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Audi isn't calling it Torque Rear here as it does in the RS3, but 'dynamic plus' will "result in a tendency to oversteer" - that's German engineer speak for "yes, it will drift."

Over and above this, the 2.0-liter TFSI engine's idle speed has been increased by 200 rpm to 1,300 rpm to improve off-the-line acceleration in this mode.

Other improvements include larger and thicker ventilated front disc brakes with twin-piston calipers, optimized progressive steering that gets more direct when cornering, two new 19-inch performance Falken tire options, and a new pivot bearing on the McPherson strut axle for a larger degree of negative wheel camber at 1.5 degrees. The ESC has been programmed to allow a more dynamic cornering by lightly braking the inside wheels.

The updated Audi S3 is scheduled to be revealed in full this year, arriving in the US for the 2025 model year. The updated RS3 will follow, expected to gain more power for its final combustion iteration.

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