Home » News » Audi » Audi RS3 Sportback first images and details

Audi returns to the hot-hatch market with the introduction of the new generation RS3 Sportback, a car that will have to regain clients stolen by Mercedes A45 AMG and even BMW M135i. The new Audi RS3 Sportback was officially unveiled ahead of its Detroit Motor Show debut, and comes with more power and a lighter body.

The successor to the original RS 3 Sportback makes its debut this month, retaining a heavily reworked 367 hp version of the classic five-cylinder 2.5-litre TFSI engine mated to faster-shifting S-tronic transmission and faster-reacting quattro drive.

The new RS 3 Sportback is also 55kg (121 pounds) lighter, tipping the scales at 1,520kg (2,251 pounds without driver), despite additional equipment and safety features. Against the clock, its resulting power-to-weight ratio of 241PS per ton helps it to clear the 62mph marker from rest in just 4.3 seconds, and to continue to an electronically governed 155mph top speed. On request, the maximum speed can be increased to 174mph.

Even so, the RS model is capable of returning up to 34.8 mpg, corresponding to CO2 emissions of 189g/km. A seven-speed S-tronic transmission, which has been reworked to offer even faster shifts, directs the power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.

The quattro system features torque vectoring based on intelligent software. The chassis of the five-door model also sets new standards. Compared with the Audi A3 Sportback, the body sits 25 millimetres lower, and the track of the McPherson front suspension has been widened to 1,559 millimetres (61 inches).

The internally ventilated disc brakes measure 370 millimetres in diameter at the front and 310 millimetres at the rear. The front friction rings feature a weight-saving wave design and are perforated for maximum heat dissipation. 

Related Articles

Leave a Comment

Fields marked with * are required
Name *:
Email *:
Comment *:
Code *:
  CAPTCHA
  • Email
  • YouTube
  • RSS
  • Twitter
  • facebook
  • feedburner

Related Specs

  1. 2007 Audi TT 3.2 S-Line

    Engine: V6, Power: 186.4 kw / 250 bhp @ 6300 rpm, Torque: 320 nm / 236.0 ft lbs @ 2500-3000 rpm
  2. 2008 Audi A3 TDI Clubsport Quattro Concept

    Engine: Inline-4, Power: 167 kw / 224 bhp, Torque: 450 nm / 331.9 ft lbs
  3. 2008 Audi RS6 Avant

    Engine: 90 Degree V10, Power: 426.5 kw / 572 bhp @ 6250 rpm, Torque: 650 nm / 479.4 ft lbs @ 1500-6250 rpm
  4. 2005 Audi RS4

    Engine: V8, Power: 313.2 kw / 420.0 bhp @ 7000 rpm, Torque: 430 nm / 317.2 ft lbs @ 5500 rpm
  5. 2002 Audi RS6

    Engine: V8, Power: 450 kw / 5700-6400 bhp, Torque: 560 nm / 413.0 ft lbs @ 1950-5600 rpm

New Vehicles

Jaguar E-Pace available with new 200 hp petrol engineJaguar E-Pace available with new 200 hp petrol engine
Launched this Spring, the baby SUV Jaguar is now available with more options and a new engine. The new Jaguar E-Pace can be ordered with ‘self-learning’ ...

Concept Cars

Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept unveiled in GenevaSubaru Viziv Tourer Concept unveiled in Geneva
Even if it's not recording huge volumes in Europe, Subaru didn't want to miss this year Geneva Motor Show. So it kept the stand and unveiled the Subaru ...

Custom Cars

Rolls Royce Wraith Luminary Collection announcedRolls Royce Wraith Luminary Collection announced
Rolls Royce is continuously improving its client experience with special editions for the current range of cars. Same happened with the current Wraith ...

Future Cars

Volkswagen to unveil new Camper VanVolkswagen to unveil new Camper Van
Volkswagen is one of the strongest name in Europe when it comes to building commercial vehicles. So every concept coming from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles ...

Market News

Volkswagen Group deliveries increase in first two moths of 2018Volkswagen Group deliveries increase in first two moths of 2018
Despite being overtaken by Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance last year, Volkswagen Group continues its great momentum and scores high sales lso the the ...

Gadgets

Jaguar Go I-PACE app available for the electric SUVJaguar Go I-PACE app available for the electric SUV
Jaguar is moving fast with its first electric vehicle, the I-PACE SUV, already launched on many markets across Europe. Now, to increase the convenience ...

Various News

Jaguar XJ50 special edition launchedJaguar XJ50 special edition launched
Jaguar has one of the most popular models in automotive history. And XJ50 is one of the most iconic, longly recognised as one of the most luxurious car ...

Motorsports

Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak - officially unveiledVolkswagen ID R Pikes Peak - officially unveiled
Volkswagen has officially unveiled the new Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak Concept. The car is set to compete in the famous Pikes Peak Hill Climb event which ...

Videos

Here is the Bugatti Veyron Vitesse WRC doing some fast stuff in off-roadHere is the Bugatti Veyron Vitesse WRC doing some fast stuff in off-road
A few year ago, Bugatti launched a special edition Veyron. Its name was Veyron Vitesse WRC but the WRC doesn't stand for World Rally Championship. Instead, ...