Audi RS3 Sportback Hits the Streets of Monaco

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At the recent Geneva Motor Show, the 408 hp A3 Sedan concept managed to steal the limelight from the new RS3 Sportback. However, Audi has now turned attention back to the hatchback model with a set of photos showing it posing on the streets of Monaco.

The model, which will begin shipping this spring, looks totally understated for what it has to offer. Compared to the Lamborghinis and Zondas that Monaco residents must be used to seeing, this must looks like an old man’s car. But it isn’t, as it has a total of 340HP and 450 Nm (331 lb-ft) of torque at the disposal of the driver’s right foot. This is enough to accelerate the all-wheel drive Sportback to 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds.

Power is transmitted to the road through a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission with two auto and one manual modes, as well as the Ingolstadt firm's quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. Audi brags that the RS3 returns an average fuel consumption of 9.1 liters per 100 km (25.9 US mpg) and emits 212 g CO2 per km (341.18 g/mile).

Improved stopping power is provided by the extra-large internally ventilated discs measuring 370 millimeters (14.57 inches) in diameter at the front and 310 millimeters (12.20 inches) at the rear.

European deliveries of the RS 3 Sportback will begin this spring, with the base price in Germany set at €49,900 (US$68,300). The options list includes black 19-inch alloys with a red rim flange, bucket seats and styling packages in black or matt aluminum, but be prepared to pay an arm and a leg for it.
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