Audi teases with details of next S3

Audi has released details of the next S3, which it says will have 296bhp, be capable of over 40mpg and weigh 60kg less than before.

Besides the 1,984cc capacity, the car's 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with direct fuel injection will share nothing with its predecessor. The new engine will produce 280lb.ft of torque between 1,800 and 5,500rpm, with peak power at 5,500rpm and the red-line at 6,800rpm.

The standard six-speed manual gearbox and quattro four-wheel drive will accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds, while the optional S tronic twin-clutch automatic will drop that to just 5.1 seconds.

Audi claims that the car's combination of 'indirect injection' and FSI direct injection has achieved 40.9mpg.

The FSI system is used at start-up and high engine loads, while the indirect fuel injection system works at lower demands, resulting in reduced CO2 emissions.

The S tronic gear box uses a 'coasting' system that effectively shifts the gear box into neutral when the driver lifts their foot off the accelerator, providing further efficiency gains.

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