New 367PS Audi RS3 Sportback announced

Published 12 December 2014

The new, high performance Audi RS3 Sportback goes on sale in March 2015, with an expected starting price of around £40,000.

Power comes from a 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine with 367PS and a peak torque figure of 465Nm – making the new RS3 the more powerful than its rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Top speed is limited to 155mph, but can be optionally raised to 174mph. 0-62mph takes just 4.3 seconds.

The RS3 isn’t the most clean or frugal car, with claimed economy of 34.8mpg and emissions of 189g/km – meaning annual VED costs of £265.

The RS3 comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch S Tronic transmission with paddle shifters. The speed of shifts can be controlled with Drive Mode Select, which is standard. This also changes the steering weighting, throttle response and even the exhaust note. For those who really enjoy the distinctive five-cylinder sound, an optional exhaust with a deeper note is available.

A quattro all-wheel drive system is standard, as with all Audi RS models. The system can send between 50 and 100 per cent of torque to the rear wheels if necessary – and for the more enthusiastic driver the ESC system can be set to send power to the rear sooner. Audi claims that this allows for “controlled drifts on low-friction road surfaces”.

There’s a high level of equipment – as you would expect from a range-topping model. The MMI infotainment system will be available, along with Nappa leather and Alcantara upholstery. Options include lighter, carbon-fibre backed Sports seats and a selection of 19-inch alloy wheels, plus a carbon engine cover and styling packages in gloss black or matt aluminium. 

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