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2017 Audi S3: A crisp-handling little sports sedan gets even better

More athletic Quattro all-wheel, available Virtual Cockpit and minor exterior styling updates highlight the updated 2017 Audi S3 sedan.

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Audi updates the S3 for the 2017 model year with new fascias, LED headlights and LED taillights.

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Quad exhaust tips remain a styling trademark for the more potent S3 sedan.

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This Daytona gray paint job is a $575 option on the 2017 Audi S3.

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Power continues to go come from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.

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The four-cylinder engine comes exclusively with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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Audi claims the S3 can hit 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

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The EPA says the S3's drivetrain combination returns 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

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Audi's Virtual Cockpit is a new addition to the S3 for 2017, which uses a 12.3-inch LCD digital instrument cluster in place of traditional analog gauges. On Premium Plus models, it's available as part of an optional technology package that tacks on an additional $3,000.

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A 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system with 14 speakers is available on base trim levels of the S3 for an additional $950.

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To further sharpen handling, Audi is offering a $1,500 dynamic package that adds 19-inch wheels with performance tires and a magnetic ride suspension to the S3.

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