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RS 3 SPORTBACK - RS 3 TFSI 400 Quattro 5dr S Tronic



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£44290

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Audi's sledgehammer RS3 tears up the hot hatch rulebook. Jonathan Crouch reports on the latest 400PS version.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
RS 3 SPORTBACK
RS 3 TFSI 400 Quattro 5dr S Tronic
PETROL
£42,961.30
RS 3 SALOON
RS 3 TFSI 400 Quattro 4dr S Tronic
PETROL
£43,931.30
RS 3 SPORTBACK
RS 3 TFSI 400 Quattro Audi Sport Ed 5dr S Tronic
PETROL
£46,841.30
RS 3 SALOON
RS 3 TFSI 400 Quattro Audi Sport Ed 4dr S Tronic
PETROL
£47,811.30

Ten Second Review

We thought the last Audi RS 3 Sportback with 367PS was fast enough, but this latest 400PS version sets a fresh benchmark. Add in a talented chassis with a wider track and a clever all-wheel drive system and stand well back. This one's explosive.

Background

When dealing with the Audi RS 3 Sportback, a little context pays dividends. You see, this uber-hot hatch now fronts up with 400PS. In case you were wondering, that's more than the amount developed by a twelve-cylinder Ferrari Testarossa, and more than the first Porsche 911 GT3. So, yes, it's got some real brawn about it. This is the third time we've seen an RS 3. The first one was a 340PS monster introduced in 2010, eventually eplaced by a 367PS model in 2014. In many ways, the formula of this latest 400PS car hasn't differed much. There's still a 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine driving all four wheels. It's just that now you get a bit more of everything. More is better, right?

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
194
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
214
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
215
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
214
Engine and Drive Train
Engine Code
8VFRWY
CC
2480
Cylinders
5
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
20
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Transmission
SEMI-AUTO
Gears
7 SPEED
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Combined (mpg)
33.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb
29.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
29.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
29.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
29.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
9.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
9.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
9.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
9.5
General
Generation Mark
3
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
46E
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
5
Badge Power
400
Badge Engine CC
2.5
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Safety Concerns?
False
Coin Series
RS 3
Coin Description
TFSI Quattro
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
12
Performance
Engine Power - BHP
400
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
0 to 62 mph (secs)
4.1
Top Speed
155
Engine Power - KW
294
Engine Power - RPM
5850
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
354
Engine Torque - NM
480
Engine Torque - RPM
1950
Engine Torque - MKG
49
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Emissions Test Cycle
Second Act
Tyres
Tyre Size Front
235/35 R19
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Wheel Style
5 ARM ROTOR
Tyre Size Rear
235/35 R19
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
19" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Length
4335
Width
1785
Wheelbase
2631
Width (including mirrors)
1966
Height
1411
Weight and Capacities
No. of Seats
5
Max. Roof Load
75
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
11
Minimum Kerbweight
1530
Gross Vehicle Weight
2065
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
55
Max. Loading Weight
535
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Driving Experience

Audi makes great play of the fact that this 400PS RS 3 Sportback has shaved some 26kg off the weight of its 367PS predecessor, which coupled with the power increase, significantly improves its power to weight ratio, making it better than cars like, say, the Lotus Exige S or a V8 BMW M5. More than a Porsche 911 Carrera or a Mercedes SLC 43 AMG too. Now you see quite what sort of company the RS 3 Sportback can mix it in. With the benefit of all-wheel drive, it'll scuttle to 62mph in just 4.1 seconds (0.2s quicker than before) and run onto a restricted maximum of 155mph, although this can be derestricted to 174mph if you pay extra for the 'dynamic package plus'. A light multi-plate clutch mounted at the rear axle has the ability to transfer between 50 and 100 per cent of power to the rear wheels. Audi even reckons that on slippery surfaces, this thing will drift like a rear-driver. As for the engine, well it's much the same 2.5-litre five cylinder TFSI turbo unit that was used previously and is closely related to the powerplant found in the current TT RS. It puts out 480Nm of torque (15Nm more than before) and transmits it all to the tarmac via a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission and, of course, quattro all-wheel-drive. Maximum torque is readily available across a broad plateau, which means that you'll rarely be caught off boost. A widened track, bigger brakes and tyres, retuned ESP stability control and a sharpened suspension setup lowered by 25mm distinguish the RS 3 from a standard Sportback.

Design and Build

Subtle styling revisions based on the recent updates made across the A3 range lift this look of this ultimate variant. The Singleframe grille with its gloss black honeycomb mesh and the large air inlets and angular sill trims which flank it are now also complemented by a redesigned blade in the bumper which serves to make the car appear even more broad-shouldered. Those in the know will spot the aluminium mirror housings, side skirts, rear diffuser and the hunkered down stance. Yes, there are 19-inch alloy wheels and burbling exhausts but the RS 3 doesn't wear the sort of wings, monster wheel arch bulges and grille-pocked bonnets that appear on most fast hatchbacks. In that regard it's relatively low key. At the wheel, a flat-bottomed steering wheel looks suitably racy and makes getting in and out that little bit easier. Customers choose between black and grey colour schemes, and there are leather sports seats although the optional diamond-pattern 'S' seats will be popular. We suspect many buyers will go the whole hog and put the deep RS carbon-shelled bucket seats, saving themselves 7kg on each seat and lightening their bank accounts accordingly. The standard Sportback is a good-looking platform to build from and the RS 3 looks resolved in a way that few range-topping sports variants manage. Like all Sportbacks, the RS 3 enjoys wide opening rear doors which mean easy accessibility into a cabin where space is reasonable - two adults can ride comfortably in the back - and there's a 340-litre boot, with a total of 1,185-litres of space when the rear seats are folded flat. This time round, Ingolstadt is also offering the option of a saloon bodystyle too.
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