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The new Audi RS3 has a scarcely believably 400hp (394bhp) under the bonnet.
Taking the new, lighter 2.5-litre turbocharged 5-cylinder engine from the TT-RS, the RS3 is available as a saloon or the 5dr Sportback we’ve got here, so you have a full 5-seat family hatchback with a decent boot and small footprint but with enough performance to embarrass lots of supercars.
Thanks to the AWD system, dual-clutch gearbox and launch control, 0-62mph comes up in 4.1 seconds - or faster, testers have recorded 3.9s! And if you tick the option box it’ll do 174mph (155mph std).
Visually the RS3 does the wonderful Audi thing of looking much like a normal A3 to those not ‘in the know’ but the beady eyes amongst you will spot the wider arches, aggressive front bumper and twin oval exhaust pipes.
This RS3 also banishes the understeer-led handling of the old model in favour of a more playful setup. Bring it on!
Get behind the wheel of the Audi RS3 - get your tickets before the competition closes at midnight on Sunday.