VW unveiled the Golf 8 towards the latter part of 2019. This means that other brands within the VW Group umbrella (Seat, Skoda, Audi) can now roll out their next-gen medium sized hatchbacks. In a recent pre-launch drive a few select members of the European media were given new Audi S3 engine info and a quick drive of the new Audi S3.

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Launched soon

The next Audi A3 has yet to be unveiled, but the recent prototype drive gives us a clear indication that Audi will debut the hot S3 model at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Many European manufacturers use the small show in Switzerland to debut new models as this is the first large automotive showcase that takes place on the continent.

New look

Despite the eye-catching camouflage, we can see several design cues that will be evident across all A3 models. Head- and taillamps will be similar, though the S3 does have more pronounced bumpers. The rear bumper, in particular, has a diffuser and four exhaust outlets that will be specific to higher-powered A3 derivatives. Spy shots of the new car show that it has the same snazzy interior treatment as found in new models such as the Audi Q3.

Turbo power

Since you are reading this site, we can safely assume you are petrolhead and care more about what’s under the bonnet. Audi S3 engine info was made known to the lucky media invited to the prototype launch.

Audi will retain an inline four-cylinder, direct-injection turbocharged motor in the S3, similar to its predecessor. Power is rated as 228 kW with a peak torque of 400 N.m. Those figures put the S3 squarely in the same bracket as the newest BMW M135i and Mercedes-AMG A35. Much like its rivals the Audi S3 also delivers its power to all four wheels via an automated transmission. Expect the S3 to sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in under five seconds and it will be limited to a top speed of 250 km/h.