“…the Audi RS 3 Sportback is at the head of its class and continuing that strong track record.”Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH
The RS 3 Sportback, the original entry point to Audi RS ownership, will make its comeback with the latest 400 hp five-cylinder TFSI engine and a raft of design and connectivity upgrades at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. Following its world public debut in Switzerland on Tuesday, March 7, the Audi compact segment spearhead will become available to order in the summer and will touch down towards the end of the year.
“The Audi RS 3 Sportback offers our customers an attractive introduction to the RS world,” said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH. “Since 2011 the sporty compact model has proved itself extremely successful on the market. And with the new five-cylinder engine, the Audi RS 3 Sportback is at the head of its class and continuing that strong track record.”
With its standard progressive steering and sophisticated multi-link suspension with wider front track positioning the stocky body 25mm lower than the A3, the RS 3 Sportback is set up to deliver compelling grip and adjustability with extraordinary poise. 19-inch alloy wheels framing 310-millimetre brake discs front and rear are factory fitted, and as an alternative customers will be able to choose carbon-fibre ceramic front discs.
In the equally focused cabin the two circular instrument dials with their black faces, white scales and red needles sit either side of a driver information system that includes a boost pressure indicator, an oil thermometer and a lap timer. In the latest car this configuration can now be replaced by the fully digital Audi virtual cockpit which is newly available. A special RS screen shifts the tachometer to the centre, displaying on either side the readings for torque, g‑forces and tyre pressure. When the S tronic transmission is operating in manual mode, a scale with a colour background prompts the driver to use the steering wheel paddle or selector lever to upshift when approaching maximum rpm.
Inline five-cylinder spark-ignition engine with gasoline direct injection, exhaust turbocharger with intercooler (maximum boost pressure is 2.35 bar)
400 hp @ 5850 – 7000 rpm
354 lb-ft @ 1700 – 5850 rpm
250 km/h (155.3 mph), optionally 280 km/h (174.0 mph)
l/100km: 8.4 l/100 km (28.0 miles per gallon)