A new report indicates the U.S.-spec Audi S3 will soon be getting a manual transmission. The announcing comes from Audi of America chief Scott Keogh who says this could happen as early as the 2015 model year if the company considers it’s a viable solution taking into consideration cost issues and the possibility of a low demand. This would be great for driving enthusiasts who will always prefer a proper manual transmission, even though the dual-clutch gearbox in the S3 is great.
The gearbox would work with the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder TFSI turbocharged engine that develops an impressive 300 HP (221 kW) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque in the regular Audi S3. The vehicle needs 4.9 seconds with the aforementioned S tronic gearbox to cover the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) while with the six-speed manual transmission offered in the Euro-spec variant it does the sprint in 5.3 seconds. Regardless of gearbox choice, the Audi S3 is electronically-limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).
In related news, Scott Keogh also hinted that the upcoming RS3 will take the shape of a four-door sedan, even though prototypes of the five-door Sportback version were caught several times testing on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Regardless of body style, the new RS3 will retain the iconic five-cylinder 2.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine.