Sizzling RS3 set to steal show

28 Aug, 2009 8:21pm Luke Madden

Wild RS3 hatch to make Frankfurt bow with 4WD and 335bhp

The ultimate Audi hot hatch is coming! Auto Express has learned that the firm’s RS badge is set to make its debut on the A3 at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

The RS3 will be the latest in an ever-growing line-up of Audi high-performance models. Power comes from the TT RS’s 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine, which means an output of 335bhp. This is transferred to all four wheels via the company’s proven quattro system.

Styling is set to take inspiration from the Clubsport TDI concept car, which debuted in May 2008. The RS3 will feature the same blistered wheelarches, low front splitter and diffuser-style rear bumper, for an imposing look.  

Under the skin, the rest of the mechanicals are shared with the current flagship of the range, the S3. From this solid base, Audi’s engineers are only expected to tweak the handling by using stiffer springs, magnetic dampers and bigger brakes.

Extensive testing has been carried out at the Nürburgring in Germany to ensure the car is worthy of the RS badge. It should cover 0-62mph in around five seconds and hit a top speed 155mph.

More details will follow at Frankfurt, but expect a price tag of around £35,000 – making the RS3 a more expensive rival to the Ford Focus RS and BMW 135i.

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It would be nice if Audi would take it rallying; a continuation of the Quattro S1 of the 80's. A European rally gladiator to go up against the Impreza STI and EVO X FQ.

Good but small car no doubt will have fashionable few in limited market,however extremely overpriced in my view.As are all The VW?Audi group who we know produce,good to very good cars always at a high prices as are the extras required to make them special , you can buy a good second hand car for them ,are they the new BMW on that point, being Audi' it will be good but like the dealers far from perfect @ £35k it should be and in 2010 econmics to me makes no sense.

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