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1999-2003 Audi S3 Quattro

1999-2003 Audi S3 Quattro

Year (of specifications) 1999 - 2003
Engine(s) 1.8 litre, 4 cylinder, turbocharged
Transmission 6 speed manual AWD
Max speed 155 mph
0-60 6.6 seconds
Horsepower 222 hp @ 5,900 rpm (later cars)
weight 1,375 kgs

The first generation (1999-2003) Audi S3 quattro was the smallest of the hooligan Audi's. And it still is, well unless they decide to make an 'S' version of the new A1 at some point.

Power for the S3 quattro came from a turbocharged 1.8 litre 4 cylinder engine. The same engine used in the A4 1.8 T and Audi TT at the time. It was initially offered with a 207 horsepower version of the engine, but later models (after 2001) produced 222 horsepower. Both engines produced around 280 Nm (210 lb-ft) of torque @ 2,200 - 5,500 rpm.

Despite the 'quattro' badge the S3 quattro actually spent most of its time as a front wheel drive car. The Haldex Traction coupling adjusts the bias of torque distribution from the front to rear axle and only sends power to the rear wheels when needed.

Inside, the S3 quattro received lashings of equipment and luxuries usually reserved for larger executive cars. It had electrically adjustable Recaro leather seats, climate control, alarm and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with traction control (ASR). Options included a Bose sound system, 6 disc CD changer, center armrest, tinted windows, park assist, auto dimming rear view mirror, heated seats, cruise control, and a sunroof.

In the looks department the Audi S3 quattro wasn't ugly by any means, but it was also quite bland - or discreet depending on your taste. It has the same generic hatchback body shape of the standard A3, and only a few extra shiny bits, additional vents and 17" alloy wheels to distinguish it.

One extremely good aspect to the S3 quattro's design however is how well its aged. Over 10 years later and it's just barely starting to look dated.

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