This is the upcoming new Audi RS3 Sportback, or as I like to call it the 1’er M killer (bring the hate)! As a massive Audi fan, this just gave me a semi!
Listen to this thing growl and my word how much fun does this look! Don’t worry, a super review of this little orgasm giver will grace our pages as soon as its available here is SA.
Now then… off to my local Audi dealer.
Enjoy the video (stats, info and gallery after the video)!
The RS3 adopts the 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine from the TT RS.
With 250Kw on tap Audi can, for now at least, stake a claim to the hot hatch top trumps.
Audi quotes a 0-100kph time of just 4.6 seconds. It’s not so many years ago that this would be supercar-flattening accelaration.
Top speed is unsurprisingly limited to 250kph. Should you need to shave off all that speed swiftly the RS3 comes standard with massive 14.5-inch discs on the front and 12.5-inch at the rear.
Being an Audi, Quattro four-wheel drive is standard. Let’s hope it’s good, as the RS3’s ESP can be switched off entirely.
No manual ‘box is available and all RS3’s come with Audi’s seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission, complete with paddle-shift change and launch control.
Differentiating the RS3 from a regular A3 are polished titanium-look 19-inch alloys, matt aluminium-look mirrors and a roof spoiler.
Look even closer and you may spot the rear diffuser insert, twin exhausts and various RS3 badges scattered around the bodywork.
The cabin is pepped up by RS3 logos aplenty, leather sport seats with silver stitching and a flat-bottomed leather multi-functional steering wheel.
Interestingly, the RS3 also comes with a lap timer. Should make for an interesting conversation if you get your collar felt by Plod and it’s turned on.
We reckon the first SA deliveries will in June 2011, seen as though the UK gets their ones in April.
The cost of laying your hands on one is still to be known…. Won’t be as pretty as the car and sound though!