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Audi RS 3 Sportback Unleashed

Audi RS 3 Sportback

Audi has finally allowed us to see their new RS 3 Sportback after years and years of anticipation and hopes. The heart of the 2012 RS3 will be a 2.5-liter five-cylinder power unit that is capable of producing 335 hp (340 PS / 250 kW) and a 450 Nm of torque; it is the same engine used for the TT-RS model. The care will feature Audi’s Quattro AWD and a modern 7-speed S-tronic gearbox.

The car weighs 3,472 lb (1,575 kg) and is capable of reaching 100 km/h from flat in just 4.6 seconds, stopping at an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). What is even more worth mentioning besides these figures is the mpg level which stands at only 25.85 (9.1 liter / 100 km). The CO2 emissions of the RS3 will be leveling at 212 g/km.

Being a sporty version of the A3, the German technicians at Audi used an aluminum intensive sport suspension that features MacPherson struts up front and in the back a four-link setup. In order to safely brake the car, Audi installed a high performance braking system that features ventilated disks (370 mm in the front and 310 mm for the rear wheels).

Audi RS 3 Sportback

As far as the design of this new model is concerned, it can easily be spotted by the aggressive front look and the anthracite grille.  It will come as standard with CFRP – carbon fiber reinforced plastic fender flares and xenon headlights. In comparison with the standard A3 model, the RS 3 is 25 mm lower, comes with a dual exhaust system, matt aluminum accents, 19-inch alloy rims and aerodynamic side skirts.

Moving inside the Audi RS3, we get sports seats covered in the finest Nappa leather available (with silver contrasting stiching), an Aluminum Race (or Piano Black) trim, an updated driver information system with a lap timer and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.

The car will be available on sale in Germany as of January next year at a base price of €49,900.


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