The new Audi RS 3 Sportback will be available to order in March 2015, with a price to be confirmed. First deliveries are expected in the summer.
The RS 3 Sportback is powered by a petrol 2.5-litre five-cylinder TFSI engine outputting 367PS with 465Nm of torque available between 1,625 and 5,550 rpm. This equates to 0-62 mph time of 4.3 seconds and a governed top speed of 155 mph. The speed limiter can be raised to 174 mph, if the driver requests.
NEDC data records 34.8 mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 189 g/km.
The 2.5-litre TFSI engine is mated to a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission with quattro all-wheel-drive. The quattro system is capable of diverting between 50 and 100 percent of the available torque to the rear wheels. There is some control over this when the Audi drive select is in dynamic mode and the ESC Electronic Stabilisation Control system is in its sport setting, power is transferred to the rear sooner and in greater amounts for even greater agility and more direct turn-in to enhance cornering.
Standard equipment will include 19-inch five-arm rotor alloys wheels, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch and Audi connect.
Options will include RS bucket seats with integrated side airbags and a carbon seat shell, 19-inch matt titanium or high-gloss anthracite black machine polished alloy wheels, carbon fibre-ceramic brake discs on the front axle and Audi’s magnetic ride adaptive damper system.Published 13 December 2014