UPDATE: Pricing for the U.S. spec S3 will start at $45,945 for Premium models. Premium Plus and Prestige models are priced from $48,745 and $52,545, respectively. An Audi spokesperson told us the expected on-sale date of the new A3 and S3 sedans will be sometime in the fall of this year, with exact timing expected closer to the end of the year.
Audi also confirmed a few things about the U.S.-spec S3 that we suspected earlier. For one, the Sportback isn’t coming—no surprise there. And the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic will be the only transmission option for the standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. It also seems like the striking Python Yellow exterior paint seen on the “Edition One” Sportback will come here in some form.
The outgoing Audi S3’s understated appearance doesn’t quite match its strong power output and hearty exhaust note, but that all is fixed now that Audi has given the sporty compact a makeover. It will no longer be such an outward wallflower. With a full redesign, Audi has equipped the S3 with a more memorable exterior design to go with its even greater power. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.