It’s not only the price that goes up in the 2022 Audi S3, but also the power and torque outputs from the 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, now reaching 228kW/400Nm – an increase of 15kW/20Nm – and matching the European-spec equivalent after Australia’s hot weather classification was reassessed.
Drive is sent to all four wheels via Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for a zero-to-100km/h sprint in just 4.8 seconds.
Fuel consumption in the Sportback is rated at 7.4 litres per 100km, while the sedan is slightly more frugal at 7.3L/100km.
The S3 sits 15mm lower than the standard A3 thanks to sports suspension with adaptive damper control, which can be adjusted through the drive-mode selector.
Bringing the S3 to a stop are 340/312mm front/rear brake rotors, which are tucked behind 19-inch alloy wheels shod in 235/45 tyres.
Standard equipment includes Matrix LED headlights with dynamic indicators, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, stainless steel pedals, sports seats, interior ambient lighting and a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit digital instrument panel.
Handling multimedia duties is a 10.1-inch touchscreen that includes satellite navigation, digital radio, Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay and a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.
For safety, the 2022 S3 comes with autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, exit warning, tyre pressure monitor and a reversing camera.
Eight exterior colour options are available, with Python Yellow and Turbo Blue being new for this generation.
Buyers can also opt for the $1500 black exterior styling package that darkens the front grille, air intake surrounds, side sill inserts, side mirror cases and rear diffuser.