Following the launch of the three-door version last September, Audi announces its 2013 S3 Sportback which will debut at Geneva in March. Presented as a five-door beauty, under the hood the S3 boasts a 2.0-liter TFSI, direct-injection turbo engine that produces 300 HP (221 kW) at 5,500 rpm, and a peak torque of 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) between 1,800 and 5,500 rpm – with 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) capabilities at five seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. Equipped with Quattro permanent all-wheel drive and a redesigned multi-plate clutch, this new high-end vehicle in the model line can accelerate more quickly and safely when exiting a corner. In addition to the S sport suspension, which lowers the body by 25 millimeters (0.98 in), the axle-load distribution (59% to 41%, front to rear) and new, progressive steering contribute significantly to sporty handling. The key to progressive steering is that steering movements determine the steering ratio. This results in stable and virtually neutral steering characteristics for outstanding precision during sporty driving and easier steering while parking. Lightweight construction also contributes significantly to the very dynamic performance of the Audi S3 Sportback. This five-door car has a curb weight of 1,445 kilograms (3,185.68 lb) – 70 kilograms (154.32 lb) less than the previous model.
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