By now, the Audi S3 is a commonplace in America. Whereas it hasn’t been round lengthy within the ‘States, it’s confirmed to be extremely popular right here. Nonetheless, that wasn’t all the time the case. The primary couple of A3 generations by no means made it to the ‘States, which suggests the sportier Audi S3 is a bit new to us Yankees. Our European buddies have been having fun with them for a while now and have the distinct benefit of having the ability to purchase cheap, outdated used ones. If you need the prospect to purchase an outdated one right here, although, it’s not going to be low cost.
Whereas you may get a present S3 brand-new, the first-gen automobile was by no means bought within the ‘States. So if you’d like one, you’ll should import it. Or, you’ll be able to simply purchase one which’s already been imported.
An imported gray-market first-gen Audi S3 has simply gone up on the market within the ‘States and the vendor is asking a fairly penny for it. Positive, it’s a really uncommon automobile right here and it’s a really clear instance, with underneath 60,000 miles on the clock, however $23,900 is an excessive amount of to ask for an 18-year outdated hatchback with a 1.8T.
The primary-gen Audi S3 got here with a tuned model of the VW Group’s well-known 1.8T turbocharged four-cylinder. It make 210 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque, which wasn’t unhealthy for the day however is puny by trendy requirements. That little engine is paired with a six-speed guide gearbox and Haldex all-wheel drive, because it was primarily based on the MKIV Volkswagen Golf.
It’s a cool little automobile and this instance may be very clear, making it a really uncommon hen in America, the place the automobile was by no means initially bought. Nonetheless, for that a lot cash, you may get a clear B8 Audi S5 with a four.2 liter V8, a six-speed guide and correct Quattro. So it is a cool little S3 on the market however not for $24okay.
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