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The S3 is not only more powerful, but now has new hardware for hard driving.
The S3 is not only more powerful, but now has new hardware for hard driving.

Following the updated Audi A3 and the introduction of its AllStreet variant, the sharper and faster Audi S3 Sportback hatch and sedan have also been tweaked to make it… even sharper and faster.

The 2025 Audi S3 has been revealed globally, with an engine tuned for more power, a ‘torque splitter’, new drive modes and upgraded brakes and suspension.

The S3 most recently available in Australia had 228kW and 400Nm thanks to its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, but the updated S3 just revealed in Europe boasts 245Kw and 420Nm.

The 0-100km/h sprint now takes just 4.7 seconds (Audi claims), making it quicker than beefy muscle cars of yesteryear, with a top speed of 250km/h.

The drivetrain has been retuned for “more spontaneous take off”, with the turbocharger pre-loaded with boost for quicker acceleration, and a perkier gearbox tune.

The 2025 Audi S3 has been revealed globally.
The 2025 Audi S3 has been revealed globally.

The RS3 loans the S3 its rear torque splitter, too, meaning the rear wheels should receive the optimal amount of torque for cornering. A new drive mode, dynamic plus, also makes changes like increasing the idle speed from 1100rpm to 1300rpm for more engaging take-off.

Tweaked suspension includes wishbones with “stiffer bearings and new pivot bearings” for more accurate steering response, working with the drive modes for “more grip and dynamics in corners”.

Of course, the S3 gains new styling.
Of course, the S3 gains new styling.

Behind a new set of 19-inch optional wheels (as opposed to the 18-inch wheels as standard) are a larger set of brakes, themselves 18 inches in diameter and unable to fit behind the standard wheels.

Of course, the S3 gains new styling including customisable DRL signatures as on the A3 and a “flatter and wider” ‘Singleframe’ grille, plus a tweaked rear bumper and Daytona Gray available in a matte finish.

Inside, updated Audi virtual cockpit for the driver is joined by a 10.1-inch touch display for the multimedia.
Inside, updated Audi virtual cockpit for the driver is joined by a 10.1-inch touch display for the multimedia.

Inside, updated Audi virtual cockpit for the driver is joined by a 10.1-inch touch display for the multimedia, a wireless phone charger, and USB C ports.

Full Australian specification details and pricing will be revealed closer to its launch.

Chris Thompson
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Racing video games, car-spotting on road trips, and helping wash the family VL Calais Turbo as a kid were all early indicators that an interest in cars would stay present in Chris’ life, but loading up his 1990 VW Golf GTI Mk2 and moving from hometown Brisbane to work in automotive publishing in Melbourne ensured cars would be a constant. With a few years as MOTOR Magazine’s first digital journalist under his belt, followed by a stint as a staff journalist for Wheels Magazine, Chris’ career already speaks to a passion for anything with four wheels, especially the 1989 Mazda MX-5 he currently owns. From spending entire weeks dissecting the dynamic abilities of sports cars to weighing up the practical options for car buyers from all walks of life, Chris’ love for writing and talking about cars means if you’ve got a motoring question, he can give you an answer.
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