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2022 Audi S3 is a peppy son of a gun

306 horsepower is nothing to shake a stick at, but there's plenty more to enjoy about the S3, also.

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Andrew Krok

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While there's still an RS3 model above the S3 in Audi's hierarchy, that doesn't mean the S3 scrimps on character.

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In fact, there's plenty of it, and at a price that's not offensive for a small sedan.

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Most of the 2022 S3's character is reserved for how it drives, but it does a decent job of standing apart on aesthetics alone. 

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The front bumper is a bit more aggressive, the body sits a smidge closer to terra firma and the rear bumper highlights Audi's usual quad-tailpipe setup.

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The interior gets some supportive diamond-quilted sports seats in the right spec, as well as some special trim bits, but otherwise, the A3 and S3 aren't too estranged in the looks department.

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The S3 also uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4, but output here is a meaty 306 hp and 295 lb-ft, respective improvements of 18 and 15 over the outgoing S3.

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It's a hoot, too; it'll get up and sprint with little provocation, and it sounds pretty sweet in the process.

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The seven-speed dual-clutch is present here, and it does a great job swapping cogs with near imperceptibility.

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A sport suspension is standard, but the optional adaptive dampers are where it's at.

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