The new RS3 Sportback is arriving early in 2015 and is joining the trend of hot-hatch cars. Тhe hot hatch horsepower race is getting bigger with every new year and the new 2015 Audi RS3 will be a capable contender. It carries a mighty five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that develops around 362 horsepower which is quite a lot from 2.5 litres and deserves the credit of being called a Sportback
Audi is constantly evolving and besides the visible design on the outside there are also notable changes that affect the inside as well. For example behind the extra air intakes lies the Audi’s cylinder turbo. This is closely related to the one found in the TT RS and the RS Q3 and also in the previous-generation RS3.
Knowing that the headline has a power output of 362 bhp, and it turns out a maximum 343lb ft of torque from 1625 rpm all the way to 5550 rpm we can surely conclude that the 2015 audi hatchback has a nice and flexible driving experience.
Audi makes a promise that the driver can choose just how much hot throaty noise they’d like to hear via valves in the exhaust system behind the silencer, controlled by the car’s drive select system.
The Audi RS3 can hit a top speed of 62mph in just 4.3 seconds which you will agree is not quite a usual speed for a five-door family hatchback.
The one thing that brings power to mind on rough terrains is the four-wheel-drive. The new lighter multi-plate clutch mounted at the rear axle has the ability to transfer between 50 and 100% of the RS3’s considerable power to the rear wheels. You read that right, this 4X4 wheeler can change it’s power in the right circumstances to accommodate your every need.
There isn’t a driver out there that doesn’t want to drift just a little bit, and we guess so the folks from Audi. They say that ‘on low-friction road surfaces, drivers can even perform controlled drifts if desired.’ Steady now. Power will head to the rear on turn-in and migrate to the front axle on exit, to help pull the car straight. There’s also torque vectoring and when the car’s loaded up in a fast corner the brakes are gently applied to the inside wheels to help keep it on its projected line.
The RS3 is wider than the S3 and pack a hefty 19-inch diameter tyres that are 235/35s all round with optional 255/30s at the front and 235/35s at the rear are available. Unlike the the ordinary Audi A3 Sportback the Audi RS3 Sportback body is 25mm lower and suspended by a four-link layout at the rear.
At the front the RS gets different suspension settings and pivot bearings than those of the S3, and its own progressive steering setup, which varies the steering ratio with the driver’s input.
Despite having a more features and kits on the inside, the new RS3 weighs 55 kg less than the old one. Inside, choose between black and grey colour schemes, standard leather sports seats, optional diamond-pattern ‘S’ seats or racy RS carbon-shelled bucket seats (which save 7kg, incidentally.
Production is slated to begin in January 2015, according to CAR’s sources in Ingolstadt, pointing to a UK on-sale date in right-hand drive next spring or early summer but there is still no word on pricing.
With the mighty RS3 Sportback there are now seven RS models in the Audi’s lineup. As we expect the 2015 Audi A3 Quattro and 2015 Audi RS3 sedan, the 2015 Audi RS3 Sportback will join the RS Q3, RS4 Avant, RS5 Coupe, RS5 Cabriolet, RS6 Avant and the RS7 Sportback.