Ultimately, however, it’s the performance that will either make or break the new Audi S3. Its four-wheel drive Quattro system was something of a unique selling point back in the day (save for the ludicrous Golf R32), but today, all of its key rivals employ the same method of driving all four wheels. So, has the new hot Audi fallen behind?
The 306bhp power figure is only a modest increase from the previous generation’s figure, but it’s enough to propel the new S3 from 0-60mph in just 4.8 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 155mph. Most importantly, it keeps the Audi competitive with its key rivals; the new BMW M135i also has around the same power, the same top speed, and completes the acceleration sprint in exactly 4.8 seconds as well. The Mercedes A35 AMG has the same power and top speed but officially does 0-60 a fraction faster, at 4.7 seconds. Needless to say though, they are very closely matched hot hatch rivals.