Audi South Africa has introduced the new RS3 Sportback with five-cylinder engine that produces 270 kW of unbridled power, 465 Nm of torque and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds.
The two flaps in the exhaust control the exhaust flow to provide for an even more intensive sound experience that varies with engine load and speed. The driver can control these flaps via the Audi drive select system.
The design of the new Audi RS3 Sportback reveals its potential at first glance. The Singleframe grille features a high-gloss black, honeycomb-look grille and a frame in matt aluminum look.
The large air inlets framed by bold contours provide air to the engine’s supplemental radiator and the transmission oil cooler. The blade integrated into the front apron extends upward into the air inlets to form a vertical dividing bar.
The interior of the new Audi RS 3 Sportback is in sporty black and accentuated with RS badges. The sport seats are covered in Fine Nappa leather with contrasting stitching in rock grey.
Wrapped in leather and Alcantara, the RS multifunction sport steering wheel is flattened at the bottom, and the selector lever also features a particularly sporty design. The driver information system includes a boost pressure indicator, an oil temperature gauge and a lap timer.
Fine details round out the atmosphere of dynamics and extraordinary craftsmanship. The pedals and footrest are made of stainless steel; the door trim inserts are Alcantara. As is typical for RS models, the door openers are slender double bars and the inlays are in black 3D-design (optionally available in Aluminum Race or carbon).
The dials in the RS instrument cluster are black, the needles red and the scales white. High-quality applications in gloss anthracite black frame the instruments.
The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system transfers the power to the road with supreme ease. Its central component is the electronically controlled, hydraulically activated multi-plate clutch. It distributes the available torque as needed to the front and rear axles in the blink of an eye.
The new Audi RS3 Sportback will retail at R 710,000.