VIDEO: New Audi S3 vs Old Audi S3 — Carwow Drag Race

Typically, when a new car replaces an old car, it’s better in almost every way. From what we’ve seen so far, that seems to be true of the new Audi S3 Sportback, as it seems to be better than its predecessor in almost every way. But is it faster? In this new drag race video from Carwow, we get to see which car is fastest; the new Audi S3 Sportback or the old one.


Carwow’s Mat Watson lines up at the start in the new S3, with the old car sitting next to him. The new car uses a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 310 horsepower and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. The old S3 in this video is old enough to not have the new mandatory European OPF exhaust particulate filter equipped, so it has the same amount of power as the new car. Both cars have seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions and both have Haldex all-wheel drive.

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What’s interesting, though, is that the new Audi S3 Sportback, despite being built on an updated chassis, is actually 130 kg (286 lbs) heavier. We’re not sure how Audi added that much more weight without changing the engine, transmission, all-wheel drive system, proportions or shape much, if at all. Nevertheless, it’s heavier.


Another advantage for the old car is its noise. Without the pesky particulate filter, the old Audi S3 actually sounds surprisingly good, with a throaty growl, while the new S3 sounds a bit crap, if we’re honest.


But which one is fastest? Interestingly, even though the newer car has the same power as the old car, is heavier and has the exhaust particulate filter, it’s the faster car in every test. The mid-range power of the new S3 is better than the old one, allowing it to pull ahead of the older car.


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So it seems that the only real downfall of the new car is its exhaust noise, which can be remedied by fitting a new exhaust system. So if you’re wondering if the new Audi S3 Sportback is worth the upgrade over the old car, it seems like it is.


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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.