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Audi RS3 Saloon

Audi RS3 Saloon


It wasn’t that long ago that a hot hatch had 200bhp and was considered rather brisk even then. The original Focus RS has just 201bhp and the new RS has 345bhp, but believe it or not the time has come when that original benchmark has been doubled. Step forward the new Audi RS3 with a scarcely believably 400hp (394bhp) under the bonnet. Taking the new lighter 2.5 litre turbocharged 5-cylinder engine from the TT-RS, the new RS3 is available as a 5dr Sportback or the 4dr saloon we’ve got here, which adds a much more grown-up look to the RS3 and certainly gives a look of the old RS4 saloon to it as well. Add in the small footprint and enough performance to embarrass lots of supercars and you have quite a stunning package. Thanks to the AWD system and 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 it does the wonderful Audi thing of looking much like a normal A3 saloon to those not ‘in the know’ but to those with a trained eye they’ll spot the wider arches, aggressive front bumper and twin oval exhaust pipes. Also from what we’re hearing, this RS3 banishes the understeer-led handling of the old model in favour of a more playful setup. Bring it on!


Engine / Cylsi5 Turbo Power394bhp
Displacement2.5ltr Torque480 Nm
Engine PositionFront Top Speed155mph
DrivetrainAWD CO2188 g/km
MPG34 mpg Retail Price£45,705
0-62mph4.1secs Cash Alternative£37,000

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