Another significant change is the engine, which at 400 PS or 395-hp walked all over Audi's own S4 and S5 models. Like before, the one single overriding reason for buying this car is the unique sound of the odd-firing 2.5-liter TFSI engine. This all-new generation has partial aluminum construction to reduce the weight that's hanging over the front wheels.
If you're looking to buy a car that's faster than the CLA 45 yet follows the same formula, the RS3 sedan is your only choice.
Although the initial reviews say it's a good road car, we still have a feeling that it's a somewhat blunt yet incredibly fast instrument. It's also built in an exotic way, with carbon ceramic brakes being quite odd in for a Jetta-sized vehicle.
Although the official 0 to 100 km/h time is 4.1 seconds, we have a feeling that it will be much faster in the real world, as was the case with the RS3 hatch a couple of years ago. You can still buy the hatchback, and both models have been updated with a similar headlight design to the A4. They also get the Virtual Cockpit system with RS-specific menus, just like the TT RS.
At €56,000 or $59,500, the RS3 sedan is about as expensive as its Porsche rivals. While there is a little more room inside than the TT offers, it's not comfortable or practical. The cheaper S3 strikes a more balanced deal with the devil of performance, but desirability is still something worth taking into consideration. Without knowing it can sell at least a few thousands per year, Audi wouldn't have made this car.