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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact
Infotainment: Apple CarPlay icon Apple CarPlay   Android Auto icon Android Auto  

After more than 25 years since the introduction of the A3 lineup, the compact premium model evolved into a range of a few body shapes, but without dropping the original hatchback version.

When Audi launched the first-generation S3 in 1999, it tried to offer something special for the hot-hatch segment, and it managed to surprise its customers with the 210 hp sporty vehicle. When those ponies were not enough anymore, the carmaker stormed the market with the 340 hp RS3 in 2010. But in 2021, Audi raised the bar furthermore with a new generation: the 400 horses RS3.

Audi didn't make the RS3 to be subtle at all. It wasn't a sleeper by any means. Instead, it showed a very aggressive front fascia with a broad singleframe grille that sported an oval-shaped pattern. Its Matrix-LED headlights incorporated the daytime running lights, and a pair of huge side scoops adorned the lower part of the bumper. From its sides, the enlarged fenders, both front, and rear resembled those installed on the mighty Audi S1 from the '80s.

Inside, the sport bucket seats provided high bolstered areas to keep their occupants in place while hard-cornering. In front of the driver, Audi installed a fully digital display in the instrument cluster and a second display for the MMI (multi-media information) infotainment system. The rear bench was profiled for two but featured three headrests and offered a 40/20/40 split-folding system that expanded the trunk space from a mere 283 liters (10 cu-ft) to 1,104 liters (39 cu-ft).

Under the hood, the carmaker kept the inline-five turbocharged engine configuration with a unique firing order of 1-2-4-5-3. To increase the cornering speed, the RS3 sat lower by 25 mm (1”) than its A3 sibling or 10 mm (0.4”) than the S3. A seven-speed (dual-clutch) automatic transmission sent the power in all corners.

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AUDI RS 3 Sportback 2021 - Present
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  • 2.5L TFSI 7AT AWD (400 HP)

AUDI RS 3 Sportback 2.5L TFSI 7AT AWD (400 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L TFSI 7AT AWD (400 HP)
Cylinders
L5
Displacement
2840 cm3
Power
294.2 KW @ 5600-7000 RPM
400 HP @ 5600-7000 RPM
395 BHP @ 5600-7000 RPM
Torque
369 lb-ft @ 2250-5600 RPM
500 Nm @ 2250-5600 RPM
Fuel System
Direct injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
7-speed automatic S tronic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
265/30 ZR 19 93 Y XL // 245/35 ZR 19 93 Y XL
DIMENSIONS
Length
172.8 in (4389 mm)
Width
72.9 in (1852 mm)
Height
56.5 in (1435 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.7/60 in (1,593/1,524 mm)
Wheelbase
103.6 in (2631 mm)
Cargo Volume
10 cuFT (283 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
Turning circle
39.4 ft (12.0 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3627 lbs (1645 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4575 lbs (2075 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.3 mpg US (11.6 L/100Km)
Highway
33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
Combined
26.7 mpg US (8.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
201 g/km
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