The all-new RS 3 Sportback will have its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March, emboldened by the latest 400PS five-cylinder TFSI engine and a raft of design and connectivity upgrades.

The five-door model will open for ordering in the UK in the summer and first deliveries are expected by the end of 2017.

Quick guide to...

Engine and power

  • Powered by the world’s most powerful production five-cylinder engine: the 2.5 TFSI (now 26 kg or 57.3 lb lighter)
  • Delivers 400PS (33PS more than its predecessor)
  • Maximum torque of 480Nm (354lb-ft) is available from just 1,700rpm and remains at the driver’s disposal right through to 5,850rpm
  • An exhilarating 4.1-second 0-62mph sprint time, the effect of which is heightened by the five-cylinder unit’s unmistakably full-bodied and characterful sound
  • Top speed is limited to 155mph, but de-restriction to 174mph is among the extra features in the optional dynamic package plus
  • Returns 34mpg in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test and emits 189 grams of CO2/km

Style, comfort and technology

  • Body is 25mm lower than the A3
  • 19-inch alloy wheels frame 310-millimetre front and rear brake discs. Customers can opt for carbon-fibre ceramic front discs
  • Flared front arches evocatively link the RS 3 Sportback with its ‘80s quattro coupé forebears
  • LED headlights with distinctive lighting signature are standard. Matrix LED headlights are optional
  • Elongated RS roof edge rear spoiler, diffuser insert and RS exhaust system with large oval tailpipes
  • Lap timer, boost pressure indicator and special RS screen. Fully digital Audi virtual cockpit available
  • Sport seats with RS seatback emblems in black fine Nappa leather are standard. Optional seats with with more contoured profiles and integrated head restraints for the driver and front passenger
  • The RS sport leather steering wheel is flat-bottomed and has buttons to operate the infotainment system
  • Online with Audi connect: Audi Smartphone Interface is available, and an LTE module brings the Audi connect services on board, including navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View, as well as information on fuel prices, weather, travel and traffic  and more

Other highlights include

  • Audi phone box for wireless connection to the car’s onboard antenna and inductive charging of handsets equipped to the QI standard
  • Bang & Olufsen sound system with 705 watts of power, and many driver assistance systems.
  • Traffic jam assist keeps the car at a safe distance from the vehicle in front in slow moving traffic (up to 40mph) and can briefly take over the steering
  • Emergency assist automatically stops the car if required
  • Cross traffic assist rear looks out for crossing vehicles when the driver is pulling out of a parking space

Interested in getting your hands on one of these? Then, give the team a ring on 01937 840560 for your own personalised quote or for further information.