Audi has unveiled the most powerful compact car in the premium segment: the
new RS 3 Sportback. With its powerful five cylinder, turbocharged engine, the
five door model accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, and its top speed
can be increased to 174 mph upon request.
The 2.5-liter turbo produces 362 hp and 343 lb-ft (465 Nm) of torque in the new RS 3 Sportback.
A seven-speed S tronic, which shifts even faster than in the previous model, directs the power of the 2.5 TFSI to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. On low-friction road surfaces, drivers can even perform controlled drifts, if desired.
The new top-of-the-line model of the A3 family will roll into dealerships in the summer of 2015 across Europe.
With this model, quattro GmbH, Audi's high-performance subsidiary, now has seven RS models on the market: RS 3 Sportback, RS Q3, RS 4 Avant, RS 5 Coupé, RS 5 Cabriolet, RS 6 Avant and the RS 7 Sportback.
Exterior Reveals Potential
The new top model in the A3 series reveals its potential at first glance. The large air inlets framed by bold contours provide air to the engine's supplemental radiator and the transmission oil cooler. The blade integrated into the front apron extends upward into the air inlets to form a vertical dividing bar.
Viewed in profile, the widened front fenders, chiseled side sills, matt aluminum-look mirror housings and the large roof spoiler of the Audi RS 3 Sportback immediately catch the eye. A pronounced bumper, high-gloss black diffuser insert with honeycomb grille and four bars plus two large, oval tailpipes make for a bold rear. RS 3 badges adorn the Singleframe grille and the rear hatch.
Dedicated individualists can order additional features, including a carbon engine cover. The matt aluminum and gloss black styling packages are also particularly attractive. Besides exterior details with distinctive surface, they also include a quattro logo in titanium gray in the air inlet. The eight paint finishes include two new shades: Nardo gray and Catalunya red, metallic. The latter color is exclusive to the Audi RS 3 Sportback.
19-Inch Wheels with Optional Wider Tires at Front Axle
The dynamic, new top model of the A3 series rolls on 19-inch, cast aluminum wheels in five-arm rotor design with size 235/35 tires. Audi offers machine-polished 19-inch wheels in matt titanium look or high-gloss anthracite black. The top tire option includes size 255/30 tires up front and 235/35 at the rear.