Based on the standard A3, the RS3 is the first vehicle released by Audi’s rebranded Audi Sport division, formerly Audi Quattro GmbH. It’s the first of eight Audi Sport vehicles that will be released over the next 18 months.
Power comes from a lightweight, five-cylinder, 2.5-litre engine most recently used in the TT RS. This engine produces 394bhp, meaning this new car has 32bhp more than the previous generation RS3 hatchback. Torque figures rise by 11lb ft to 354, sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. All of that means acceleration stats of 4.1sec to 62mph, and a top speed electronically halted at 150mph.
The RS3 sits 25mm lower than the A3, and reigns back its extra performance with 370mm front brake discs and eight-piston calipers behind 19in wheels. Carbon ceramic discs are on the options list. The front track has been widened by 20mm the rear by 14mm.