Available from mid ’89 onwards, the major difference for the S3 was the width of the doors, this was increased to improve access to the cabin. This change necessitated a modification to the chassis, the dashboard was also changed. Suspension was uprated significantly giving a much better ride, and minor trim details like the boot stay and door mirrors (electric) were improved.
The S3 chassis was slightly changed to cope with the increased door length. Again, the ride height was improved but essentially the chassis remained the same as the S2. It also has the good handling characteristics of the S2.
[Thanks for this S3’s images to Han van der Weerden]
The TVR S3C
In 1991 emissions restrictions required all cars to be fitted with catalysts. The S3 became the S3C. The engine was retuned and produced an engine with more torque giving the car a more spritely feel. The torque was now up to a very respectable 191 lbs/ft. A limited slip differential was also introduced (not fitted to the S3). Power for the S3C came from a 2.9 litre V6, running through a 5-speed manual to the rear wheels.
Inside, the S3C features electric windows, electric mirrors, and electric boot release. Standard options on the TVR S3C included a walnut dash, tinted windows and sports seats.