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Everyman Driver: 2017 Audi S3 Review and First Drive Video

Introducing the 2017 Audi S3.  This powerful and fun to drive package has been redesigned and is now ready for the fast lane.  This small sedan doesn’t just take curves — it throws them, too!  It features a virtual cockpit, a parking system plus with rear view camera, smartphone interface,  adaptive cruise control with stop & go, a Bang & Olufsen® Sound System, a 3-spoke flat-bottom multifunction sport steering wheel and a 5-star Safety Rating awarded by NHTSA… just to name a few.



With a turbocharged 292-hp TFSI® engine, aggressive sport redesign, exciting new technologies and a 5-Star Safety Rating from the NHTSA1, you can live life in the fast lane — or leave the crowd behind.

If you like taking on curves, the S3 is a willing partner. Our legendary quattro® all-wheel drive comes standard, helping provide better grip in and out of corners with its torque-vectoring capability.

You want power. The S3 can deliver. With its turbocharged 292-hp TFSI® engine, you can make short work of long trips.2 Coupled with the S tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission, the S3 can help shift your perceptions on how fast a sports sedan can shift gears. It’s the type of power trip anyone can enjoy.


Adding sophisticated driver assistance systems and technologies like the available Audi virtual cockpit was more than just a good idea — with the S3, it was an act of brilliance.  Be informed, not overwhelmed. The available Audi virtual cockpit is a 12.3-inch driver-focused, fully digital information cluster that displays navigation, Audi connect®, radio, phone and other media with outstanding clarity. It’s time for the information age to really shed light.

Available Audi connect® features cutting-edge technologies like Google Earth™ with 3D satellite imagery, a Wi-Fi hotspot with up to 4G LTE connectivity (where available) for up to eight passenger devices, local traffic, news and more.  This available feature uses front and rear acoustic sensors to help detect when you are close to another object, while a standard rear view camera helps provide additional visibility when backing up.

Available Audi side assist with Rear cross traffic assist uses radar sensors and optical warnings to help alert you. It can also help you navigate out of a perpendicular parking space.

The Audio features a parking system plus with rear view camera.  This available feature helps maintain a preset distance to the vehicle in front and can help stop or accelerate your Audi according to traffic conditions.

Operating at speeds above 40 mph, this available feature helps detect if your Audi is drifting out of its lane without the use of a turn signal and can assist the driver in steering the vehicle back onto its intended course.  Standard Audi pre sense® front can help prepare for an unavoidable front-end collision by precharging the brakes, emitting a warning jolt and partially braking if no action is taken.

The Audi smartphone interface feature enables Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto integration, enabling access to your compatible phone’s features, such as navigation, telephone, music and select third-party apps, and can be controlled through the Audi MMI® interface, your voice or steering wheel controls.

With 14 speakers and an impressive 705 watts of power, this available premium audio system provides exceptional sound reproduction and clarity.


With sculptural horizontal lines, the Singleframe® grille with Aluminum-optic double-blade bars is a distinctive statement on Audi design — and the road.  See and be seen with standard iconic full LED headlights. They’re how we make every drive brilliant.  Bold, functional and undeniably beautiful, standard LED taillights leave a lasting impression.
Power and sophistication come together in beautifully sculpted quad exhaust outlets.  Push the bold look of the S3 even further with the available Black optic Dynamic package, which includes a Black optic exterior, body-colored side mirror housings and 19-inch Audi Sport® 5-V-spoke design wheels with Titanium matte finish.


Leather-wrapped and built with shift paddles, the three-spoke flat-bottom multifunction sport steering wheel puts the driver squarely in command.  Premium leather seating surfaces bring indulgent, timeless allure to the cabin’s interior. Designed with four-way power lumbar adjustment, these heated sport seats grant the utmost comfort and support.  Beauty is in the details. Meticulous interior inlays in Matte Brushed Aluminum are testament to our dedication to fine craftsmanship.

The standard panoramic sunroof offers a virtually unobstructed overhead view while flooding the cabin with natural light.  Standard dual-zone automatic climate control allows the driver and front and rear passengers to dial in their preferred temperatures.  Available fine Nappa leather S sport seats with S3 embossing and diamond stitching. Four-way power lumbar adjustment. Leatherette door armrests and kneepads. The available S sport seat package helps make riding in the S3 even more indulgent.

Starting MSRP of $42,900 for a 2017 S3 Sedan 2.0T with automatic transmission. The 2017 Prestige S3 2.0T with automatic transmission in Mythos Black metallic with a starting MSRP of $48,975. Prices exclude $950 destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

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