Subtle and Fast – 2017 Audi S3 Sedan Review

By Nigel Atkinson

Rewind back 39 years to 1978 and you could buy a Porsche 911 Turbo (0-60 in 4.9 seconds) for $34,150 or equivalent of $122,350 in today’s money. Fast forward to today and you can buy a sub compact 4 door with a base price of $43,500 that is faster than the Porsche……….

Our 2017 Audi S3 sedan showed up in a not so subtle Vegas Yellow, not a color I would choose but it certainly got noticed, which was the point.

So what’s new for 2017. Well some fairly subtle styling adjustments, a new looking grille, reworked front and rear fascias and aluminum caps for the side mirrors. Inside, an updated infotainment system can now record lap times. The standard audio kicks our 180 watts through 10 speakers and a sub, our tester had tho optional B & O system. 2017 adds the very good Audi Virtual Cockpit with its high-res video display in place of conventional gauges. Our Prestige model came with Active Lane Assist and Active Cruise Control.

The S3’s Quattro all-wheel drive, which has been updated for 2017 with the same system found in the TT and TTS. We found it almost completely mitigated under-steer in most situations unless you have a complete disregard for the laws of physics.

Sadly the US market S3 doesn’t get the boost in power its Euro counterpart gets, 11 more hp to give it 306 and another 15 lb-ft of torque to deliver 295 lb-ft. We’re not convinced that this would make much difference but we are nevertheless still jealous.

Magnetic Ride, what is it?

Out tester came with Magnetic ride and even at it’s firmest, it’s not nearly as spine-punishing as, a Subaru WRX….but what is it exactly?

Using magnetic fields, Audi magnetic ride adjusts the firmness of the dampers to the current driving situation within a fraction of a second. The liquid contained in the dampers has magneto-rheological properties. Tiny magnetic particles are bound inside the basic oil which is used to fill the dampers. When a magnetic field is applied, the magnetic particles are aligned against the direction of movement of the damper. As a result, the damping force of the damper is increased depending on the strength of the magnetic field. Short answer it corners flatter and somewhat faster.

How Does it Go?

The S3 has 4 Drive Select modes to choose from, Dynamic, Auto, Individual and Comfort. We kept it in Dynamic for most of the time with an occasional foray into Comfort. We found Dynamic to be perfect except for really uneven pavement. Performance is sensational in Audi’s little sedan with 0-60 coming up in 4.65 seconds using Launch Control, a tad faster than the 2015 model we tested.

The S3 is even better once on the move…..from standstill there is some delay/lag on take off, but then this car grips like no other. Go to the full article.

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