Audi S3 gets more power
Dynamic upgrades include RS3’s torque splitter
The Audi S3 is due for a facelift, and the automaker is giving it one. Not all of the visual changes are obvious, thanks to some camouflage, but the company is talking about the 23 extra horses and 15 extra torques that the 2.0L turbo-four will be making this time around.
Audi’s boosted four, which now matches Volkswagen’s hottest version of the engine, gets a new turbo that can hold RPM in part-load use. It can also keep the throttle open even when max power isn’t demanded, which cuts boost response times.
The engine will be paired with an updated seven-speed dual-clutch box. The new box has shift times half that of the old one. It will also have the torque-splitting rear differential from the RS3. Audi won’t say it’ll do drift mode like the RS, but it should certainly be capable of hanging out the tail. Especially in the new Dynamic Plus drive mode, where Audi says it controls the car in a way “resulting in a tendency to oversteer.”
Audi has fitted a new front suspension with a pivot bearing, allowing for more front camber. That means better tire contact in hard cornering, and Audi says the system adds agility. The steering has an angle-dependent ratio, more feel, and better centering.
Falken has worked with Audi to develop stickier tires for the car. They’re designed for track driving as well as road driving. They’re stopped by larger discs with twin-piston front calipers and more pad surface area.
Lastly, when things start to get out of hand, there is a new stability control system. Audi said that it has done more development work on the system to help it better stay on course in turns, improve on-limit stability, and generally do a better job of rescuing drivers from themselves.
Audi hasn’t confirmed that North America will get all the updates, though it’s unlikely we won’t see the freshened 2025 S3. The full reveal, which will include the entire A3 family, is expected later this year.