New Audi RS3 is the most powerful ever made

The new Audi RS 3 Sportback

The new Audi RS 3 Sportback – click for hi-res image

The order book opens next March for the new flagship Audi RS3 which will feature a new 2.5 litre five cylinder engine – the most powerful production engine in the RS’s history.

Indeed, the unit will propel the RS3 from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.3 seconds. That’s 0.3 seconds quicker than the model it replaces.

Audi has restricted the RS3’s to 155mph but the firm says that if a buyer requests it, the speed limit can be lifted to 174 mph (though potential owners should not get their hopes up, because Audi will only do so for owners with regular Autobahn access).

Performance and style in the Audi RS3

Despite this level of performance, Audi says the new car should still return around 35mpg while having CO2 emissions of 189g/km.

The new engine will produce 367PS and is fitted to a car that is lighter than its predecessor and comes with a faster shifting seven-speed S Tronic twin clutch gearbox. This improvement can be experienced when testing the 0-62mph standard.

Indeed, Audi says that its new RS3 Sportback will be the most powerful production car in the world.

Audi RS3 Sportback is a winning combination

The Audi A3 is currently the ‘World Car of the Year’ and with its all-wheel drive, owners of this new vehicle will be able to enjoy exceptional driving dynamics.

The new RS3 will be delivered from next summer and there’s a lot in the car that pays homage to the great Audi rally cars of the 1980s.

The new RS is based on the Audi A3 Sportback and has great handling abilities and will deliver lots of driver enjoyment.

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Part of this is due to a clever torque vectoring system which will provide extra grip when cornering at speed, particularly in weight or slippery conditions.

As usual, there are lots of options to choose from; customers can opt for the firm’s magnetic ride suspension for more comfort and ability as well as carbon ceramic brakes for better stopping power. Take note that these additions will be very pricey.

Expect prices to be around £40,000 for the Audi RS3 Sportback, which will be similar to its biggest rival in the sector, the Mercedes A45 AMG.

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