Audi’s new RS3 has been unveiled so lets cut to the chase… It has over 360bhp, which is more powerful than the BMW M135i and the Mercedes A45 AMG as well as every other car in its class. It goes from 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds, which means it can rival an M3. After 62mph is dealt with in this minuscule amount of time it will go all the way to a limited 155mph top speed. If that’s not fast enough, the limiter can be taken off upon request so it can then go 174mph, which is indeed as fast as a Porsche Boxster GTS. The RS3 then, means business.
It is powered by a 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine connected to a seven-speed S tronic dual clutch gearbox which has two automatic functions and a manual mode. It also comes with launch control and Quattro four-wheel drive. This uses custom software especially designed for the RS3 enabling between 50 to 100 percent of the torque to be sent to the rear axle.
The RS body kit also gives this car a more imposing look. A roof spoiler, sports seats, flared arches and an RS steering wheel among other additions add to the occasion of driving the RS3. Also a high quality and focused interior layout reminds the driver of the premium product they are in.
Deliveries for the RS3 will begin next year but a price tag is yet to be confirmed.