The reveal of the new Audi S3 sedan must be soon as these spy photos show a vehicle that looks remarkably close to being a production model.
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Spotted on the Nurburgring, this Turbo Blue Audi S3 looks nearly ready to hit showroom floors. We've already seen the production version of the standard Audi A3 in hatch and sedan form, now attention is on the performance derivatives. What you see here is likely to be the first arrival and all it appears to be missing are the trademark S3 badges on the grille and rear bumper.
As far as engines go, Audi has confirmed that the 4th generation S3 will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder motor delivering 228 kW and 400 Nm. All that shove goes to all 4 wheels via a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch ‘box and we reckon it should be fractionally quicker. The outgoing model is claimed at 4.6 seconds, so we're guessing the new one will sprint to 100 kph in 4.5 seconds.
Hang in there, we're super close to seeing the production version of the new 2021 Audi S3.