Forgive me for taking your mind on a roller-coaster ride. They don't make powerhouse hatchbacks like these anymore – they never will! And if, by chance, you get the opportunity to pick up one of these babies in a crispy spec, such as the one featured in the video below – I'd advise you to take it and drive. Drive away, and never look back!
The 2018 RS3 Sportback 8V comes with a unique set of artillery. It runs on an award-winning powertrain. Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder TFSI engine good for 394 hp (400 ps) and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque.
2018 Audi RS3 has impressive power-to-weight ratio
This model also offers a tremendous power-to-weight ratio (the best in its segment, according to Audi) with a significant bump in horsepower from 364 hp (367 ps) to 394 hp (400 ps). All that gusty power is sent to all four wheels thanks to a quick-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and an award-winning Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
Auditography's feature unit weighs 3,437 lbs (1,559 kgs).
Unique Merlin Purple exterior on this unit pops
Here's the thing. Red and blue are the most popular colors for performance cars, especially if you want to stand out in a crown. Purple might not be a favorite color choice for a car, but it'll look fantastic in the right hue. Exhibit A: this 2018 Audi RS3 8V Sportback in Merlin Purple.
The 2018 RS3 received an updated facia, a more prominent grille, 3D taillights, and a fresh set of headlights. That combo added to the color code, with a fresh set of 19-inch RS3 Rotor wheels, makes this unit such a looker parked side by side with newer variants.
The RS3 wouldn't look much parked next to a Ford Raptor R. However, the interior, exterior, aerodynamic aids, and exhaust sound on this unit give it the bad-boy demeanor it so desperately deserves.
Aggressive ready-to-roll interior layout
As pictured in the video, the RS3 has a head-up display, high-mounted air vents, and good ol' physical buttons for climate control right below. The modernized gear selector could be more interesting. Good thing the promise of using the paddle shifters up top once it's in motion is something to look forward to.
Suppose you want to startle someone after a red light or gap some unassuming newbies at your local track. In that case, the 2018 RS3 hatchback's capability to bolt from 0-100 kph (62 mph) in 3.68 seconds is enough to have them check out your rear badging on Google later in the evening.
It'll also do 0-200 mph (124 kph) in 13:72 seconds; that's enough to dot most competition with your foot stuck on the floor. For spirited driving, the paddle shifters on this unit will deliver enthusiastic upshifts and grabbing downshifts.
We wouldn't advise doing donuts in a unit as clean as this just to get a couple of pats on your back or mentions on social media. But when push comes to shove, always remember the RS3's standard all-wheel-drive system also features a torque vectoring rear differential with, wait for it… Drift mode!
Add that to a stiffer suspension, sportier tires, bigger brakes, and upgraded chassis components. This unit was designed to please.
We'd love to blurt out everything good about Auditography's featured 2018 Audi RS3 8V Sportback, but we'll let you enjoy the rest of the action and exhilarating sounds in the video below.