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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.

Jon Wong
Jon Wong was a reviews editor for CNET Cars. He test drove and wrote about new cars and oversaw coverage of automotive accessories and garage gear. In his spare time, he enjoys track days, caring for his fleet of old Japanese cars and searching for the next one to add to his garage.
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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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