When the S3 was no longer enough for the Audi fans, the German carmaker introduced an RS version, which calmed the spirits and opened the wallets.
The first Audi S3 appeared on the market in 1999. It was an all-wheel-drive compact hatchback that re-ignited the discussions whether a hot-hatch should be only 2WD. Audi didn't bother to answer that and built the car. But the power provided by the four-pot engines installed in the S3 was just not enough anymore. And then, in 2010, the RS3 brought more power and technology.
The Audi A3 Sportback shared its body with the most powerful version from the lineup, but there were a few important differences, such as the carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic fenders and the 19" light-alloy wheels. A silver trim surrounded the honeycomb grille at the front, while on the lower side, the carmaker installed functional air intakes. The LED daytime running lights and the Xenon headlights were standard. On the sides, the five-door hatchback sported different side sills, and in the back, a roof spoiler adorned the top of the tailgate.
Inside, Audi installed high-bolstered sport bucket seats with integrated headrests. With a leather-clad interior and piano-black trims, the RS3 offered a premium experience for all occupants. In the back, the carmaker installed a bench for three, but with limited legroom for the middle one. The displays on the instrument cluster featured black dials, red needles, and white numbers in a specific RS styling.
Under the hood, Audi installed a 2.5-liter inline-five engine turbocharged that provided 340 hp. A seven-speed automatic (dual-clutch) gearbox was fitted as a standard, while the electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system took care to send the most torque to the wheel with the best grip.
ENGINE SPECS - 2.5L TFSI quattro 7AT (340 HP)
|Power:||250 KW @ 6500 RPM|
340 HP @ 6500 RPM
335 BHP @ 6500 RPM
|Torque:||332 lb-ft @ 1600-5300 RPM|
450 Nm @ 1600-5300 RPM
|Fuel System:||Turbocharged direct injection|
|Top Speed:||155 mph (249 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||4.6 s|
|Drive Type:||All Wheel Drive|
|Gearbox:||7-speed automatic (DSG)|
|Tire Size:||235/35 R19 (front)/225/35 R19 (rear)|
|Length:||169.4 in (4303 mm)|
|Width:||70.6 in (1793 mm)|
|Height:||55.2 in (1402 mm)|
|Front/rear Track:||61.6/60.2 in (1,565/1,529 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||101.5 in (2578 mm)|
|Ground Clearance:||5.5 in (140 mm)|
|Cargo Volume:||10.7 cuFT (303 L)|
|Unladen Weight:||3637.6 lbs (1650 kg)|
|Gross Weight Limit:||4706.9 lbs (2135 kg)|
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
|City:||18 mpg US (13.1 L/100Km)|
|Highway:||34.6 mpg US (6.8 L/100Km)|
|Combined:||25.8 mpg US (9.1 L/100Km)|
|CO2 Emissions:||212 g/km|