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It's official, says the blog of cars that are German. Audi will launch the new S-series version of its A3, the (wait for it) S3, in the fall of 2006. That means we'll likely get our first look at the Paris show in late September. V-dub watchers wonder how the $40,000 hatch will stack up against the upcoming, similarly powered VW Golf R36 (reportedly), which will likely cost a few grand less in the States. Maybe Audi will just bypass the US altogether, as it did with the previous version. Maybe that's for the best.

Audi S3: Officially confirmed, will already arrive in autumn 2006! [The German Car Blog]

Spy Photos: 2007 Audi S3 [internal]