S3 Sportback will start from R785,000 while the S3 Sedan will start from R810,000.
When they were officially revealed, we were told that they would make use of the familiar turbocharged 2.0-litre engine which is accurate but the South African market will be getting a slightly detuned version.
In other markets, the turbocharged engine will deliver 306 horsepower (228 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque and while the units in South Africa will get the same torque, we will have to deal with 286 hp (213 kW). We are not exactly sure why but we will find out during the official virtual launch this week.
With the full power (228 kW), S3 does 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds and maxes out at an electronically capped 250 km/h (155 mph). With the 213 kW version, the 100 km/h sprint takes 0.1s longer but still has the same limited top speed.