"The RS3 has an important part to play in our line-up. It is a modern interpretation of the original Quattro,” Jeremy Hicks, head of Audi UK, was quoted as saying by just-auto.com. "The fact we have sold out of our allocation for this year is absolute testimony to strength of the brand given that customers have been prepared to order the car without even seeing it first."
The RS3, set to be produced in limited numbers, is powered by a 2.5l turbocharged engine, capable of developing 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque and controlled via a seven-speed S tronic transmission. The engine is linked to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive and can push the car to a top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph). Naught to sixty acceleration is rated at 4.6 seconds.
The model features some other technical enhancements as well, like the cPherson strut construction as a front suspension, coil springs, redesigned shock absorbers and internally ventilated brake disks.
As standard, the sporty RS3 is equipped with rear parking system, climate control, chorus radio system, and xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights.