Speaking of which, we have to mention that Audi has stuck a 362bhp 2.5-liter turbo under the bonnet and coupled it wit a new Haldex-based AWD system and 7-speed twin-clutch gearbox. As a result of this, the machine is capable of 0-62mph in just 4.3 seconds, with a top speed of 155mph or 174mph if you specify to have the limiter removed. That's only 0.4 of a second slower than the RS7!
Besides the obviously superior engine, the RS3 also comes with a lot of standard kit that the S3 doesn't. This includes the bucket leather seats, the 7-speed auto gearbox, 19-inch alloy wheels and an aggressive body kit. UK versions will also have standard LED headlights, which you have to pay about £2,000 extra for, normally.
Still, the near-£40,000 pricetag puts it almost £2,000 ahead of the A45 AMG, so the RS3 is a car for hot hatch fanatics who value the brand. There are also a couple of pricy options to consider here, like the magnetic ride suspension and the carbon-ceramic brakes, both of which we think will be crucial.
Considering the Golf R is £10k less and not exactly hugely slower and that BMW's rear-wheel drive M235i is so good, Audi's rocket may prove a tough sell in Britain.