This is the third generation of Audi’s RS3 megahatch, and the second-generation of the saloon variant. The same general ingredients which involve the excellent use of a 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine driving through quattro all-wheel drive. At first, it looks like a bit of a massage, no more power at 290kw (394hp), slightly more torque 369lb ft. There are bigger intakes, wider tracks and impressively boxy arches. The car itself is marginally longer, wider and taller than the previous RS3 Sportback, but with the same wheelbase, and comes equipped with less luggage space (by about 50-litres).
There are optional ceramic brakes (which save 10kg), an optional RS exhaust which comes standard on some models and a new mVDC (vehicle dynamics controller) which should allow for better/faster integration of the chassis systems. Configurable lights on some models (LEDs are standard) that can spell out ‘R… S… 3’ and then a chequered flag in 8-bit when you approach the car.
All models get the 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit up front with various new screens and readouts, everything from torque-split to a g-meter and lap timer. All cars get a Nappa leather arrangement, with standard RS front seats, although you can have the eco-friendly Dinamica microfibre/pleather as a no-cost option.
The new Audi RS3 will be available in both five-door Sportback and four-door Sedan guises, and the South Africa launch is expected to take place during the second half of 2022.
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