Audi RS3 spied

23 Jun, 2010 1:03pm

Spies snare storming new flagship A3 testing

Here's a sneak peek of the hottest ever A3! Known as the RS3, the newcomer is being developed by Audi's Quattro performance arm, and will be powered by the 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine found in the TT RS.

This delivers 335bhp and 450Nm of torque – exactly the same as the hot M-badged 1-Series Coupé  which BMW will be releasing shortly – to all four wheels through Audi’s S tronic twin-clutch transmission. As a result, engineers are promising class-leading handling.

Acceleration will be equally impressive, with an anticipated 0-62mph sprint time of 4.6 seconds putting the fiery hatch in contention with the current class-leaders the Focus RS and Golf R.

New technology likely to be offered on the RS3 includes the option of Audi’s torque vectoring sport rear differential, which keeps understeer to a minimum. As with the larger RS5, the model is expected to be available with the new Quattro centre differential, which shifts up to 85 per cent of power to the rear wheels. Magnetic ride adjustable dampers will also be on the options list.

With the A3 due to be replaced by a newer model in the middle of next year, it looks as though Audi will wait until the next generation hatchback to unleash the RS3. That means a release date sometime in 2012 is most likely.


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In a world where overcrowding and traffic chokes streets overburdened with health and safety regulations, is there really a point to all these hyper-technologically advanced uber-fast sportscars.... "Audi’s torque vectoring sport rear differential..." I mean, Please!!!! Just as cars finally start to become fuel efficient they just keep getting heavier and heavier being stuffed full of stuff that you couldn't possibly ever really need or justify...

Taiwan Yahoo Auto and a companion website stolen these fotos and cut the AutoExpress mark instead of theirs, then say that they catch the RS3.

Pls check:

if they're not your parners, i think you should sue them.

JamesRiley, you realise you are on the Autoexpress website, not the Guardian? Please go back to hugging the nearest tree. Troll.

This car looks fantastic, hopefully it will be offered as a 3dr hatch, not just the I-can't-afford-an-A4-Avant-Sportback. The engine is a work of art and is perhaps the spiritual successor to the 3.2 V6 in terms of soundtrack and performance. This car will most definitely be top of my list for replacing the my R32.

Whats the point it is bland and non descript, im sure they will be charging a packet

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