Audi fans rejoice. After a lengthy hiatus the RS3 is making a return. And the South African market can expect to see the fiery hatchback on shores in the final quarter of 2015.
Today the automaker revealed official pictures and power outputs for their mighty newcomer. Traditionalists can take delight in the knowledge that this RS3 will serenade with the distinctive soundtrack rendered by a five-cylinder mill. The car boasts the latest generation of Audi’s renowned 2.5-litre engine which spits out 270kW and 465Nm.
The result is a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.3 seconds – which is 0.3 seconds quicker than the previous model. Here’s some perspective for you: a BMW M6 with a turbocharged V8 and 412kW will do the dash in the same time. It’s all about that bass, according to Audi – they’ll offer a “bass-heavy” exhaust system to buyers wanting even more aural thrills, at no extra cost.
Top speed is limited to 250km/h but Audi says they can allow you to explore 280km/h on request. Audi claims a fuel consumption figure of 8.1l/100km. This is owed in part to an energy recuperation system, demand-controlled oil pump and a start stop function.
Their seven-speed S-tronic transmission continues to do duty, but it has been reworked to deliver quicker shifts. No hot Audi would be complete without the quattro all-wheel drive system. The Audi drive select system offers various driving modes and according to them, engaging dynamic mode enables drivers to perform “controlled drifts on low-friction road surfaces” – the dynamic stability control system can also be fully deactivated.
Its big brake discs (370mm at the front and 310mm at the rear) are perforated for better cooling. You can swap them for carbon ceramic ones if you have more lofty driving ambitions. The RS3 Sportback rides on Volkswagen’s MQB platform.
It looks the part inside and out, with that sizable single frame grille, vicious looking air inlets and 19-inch five-arm wheels as standard. Matt titanium or black polished rollers are available if those are too tame. The usual RS fare features inside, with stainless steel pedals, black dials and red needles as well as novelties like a boost gauge and a lap timer.