Audi has introduced its seven-speed S-tronic transmission to the S3, which is available as an option from October 1 2008. It offers the choice of manual or automatic shifts, with the S3 gaining steering-wheel mounted paddles for the first time in its nine-year history.
This leads to a cut in 0-62mph time, down 0.2sec to 5.5sec in the three-door S3. Audi also boasts that economy and emissions are improved, at 34mpg and 193g/km compared to the manual’s 33.2mpg and 198g/km. The Quattro four-wheel-drive system is also boosted to react faster to the car’s 261bhp and 258lb ft of torque.