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Local pricing and specifications for the updated 2017 Audi S3 range have been revealed, alongside the regular A3 range.

Starting at $62,900 plus on-road costs for the S3 Sportback and topping out at $72,000 for the S3 cabriolet, the facelifted hot hatch, sedan and drop-top all see the addition of new equipment, technology, and a slight power bump over the outgoing model.

All S3 models now produce 213kW/380Nm from their 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engines, a 3kW boost over the cars they replace, though short of the 228kW/400Nm tune of European versions.

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Sportback and sedan models sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds (0.2 seconds quicker), while ticking the no-cost option box for the six-speed manual sees that time increase to 5.4 seconds.

Meanwhile, the cabriolet model completes the benchmark test in a claimed 5.3 seconds.

For 2017, Audi’s 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster is fitted as standard to S3 models, along with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) up to 65km/h with pedestrian protection, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.

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Also standard on the S3 are full-LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, blind spot monitoring, lane-keep warning, nappa leather sports seats, 7.0-inch MMI navigation plus system with live traffic updates, DAB+ digital radio and a 10-speaker Audi sound system.

However, it wouldn’t be an Audi if there wasn’t an extensive options list, including two S performance packages ($4537/$6487) which add diamond-patterned sports seats, Audi magnetic ride control, Bang & Olufsen sound system, red brake calipers and different alloys – larger 19-inch rims on the more expensive package.

Also available is an assistance package ($1950) which brings high-tech safety features like adaptive cruise control with stop/go function; Audi pre-sense front, which provides extended collision warnings at speeds of up to 200km/h; high beam assist; and active lane assistance, along with a hold function that holds the vehicle on gradients indefinitely to “enable smooth driving”.

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Individual features can also be optioned, including three more alloy wheel designs that aren’t included in the packages, along with two no-cost and 10 cost-option paint finishes, automatic parking assistant ($650), privacy glass ($910), a panoramic sunroof ($2535) and red nappa leather upholstery ($1287).

Stay tuned for our review of the 2017 Audi A3 and S3 range.

Pictured: 2017 Audi S3 Sportback

2017 Audi S3 pricing (plus on-road costs):

S3 Sportback – $62,900
S3 sedan – $64,500
S3 cabriolet – $72,000

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