The 2009 Audi S3 Sportback compact station wagon come full of sports ambitions and is powered by the very same 2.0-liter TFSI engine that we have already seen earlier today on the new Audi S3 hot hatch.
With 265 horses neatly packed under its bulging hood, the car accelerates from zero to 62mph in a pretty much impressive 5.8 seconds. That is only 0.1 second slower than the lighter hatchback can achieve in ideal conditions.
It is also slightly more impressive than 6.2 seconds that 2009 BMW 3 Series Touring (E91) 330d small station wagon with its huge 3.0-liter oil-burner can produce, but is light years behind the gorgeous Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Estate with its huge V8 engine that churns out whole 457hp and 0-62mph time of just 4.6 seconds.
Well, while the former is comparable in pricing to the S3 Sportback, the latter is, on the other hand, a lot more expensive, so the comparison isn’t that fair after all.
The only reason the car is slower than the S3 sedan, is that the gorgeous DSG 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is still not available with the model. Instead, the Sportback’s engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with the standard Quattro driveline.
Staying at the top of the A3/S3 range, the 2009 Audi S3 Sportback comes equipped with such standard features as a set of 18-inch alloy wheels with nice 10-spoke rims, black-painted brake calipers on huge 17-inch disk brakes, new suspension setup that sets the car 25mm (almost 1 inch) closer to the road, xenon plus headlamps with sexy LED daytime running lights, new corporate grille with vertical chromed bars, new bumpers and roof spoiler.
Inside the car, you will also find such amenities as new sports seats available in cloth, Alcantara/leather and full leather trim, aluminum pedals, black or silver headlining and three different styles of inlay.
Although the car will come to dealerships this summer, there is still no info on its European pricing. However, I can guesstimate that the S3 Sportback will be priced closer to its main competitors sitting somewhere between the Mazda3 MPS and top of the range BMW 3-Series Touring models.
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