The New Audi RS3 Sportback. The Most Powerful Hatchback in the World


New Audi RS3 Sportback chucks out 294kW from its inline turbo five 

The new Audi RS3 Sportback makes 294kW from its turbocharged five-cylinder engine. That’s 24kW more than the outgoing RS3, and the engine is 26kg lighter thanks to new components, which include an aluminium crankcase. Maximum torque is 480Nm which is available from 1,700rpm all the way to 5,850rpm.

The 0-100 sprint is now completed in a measly 4.1 seconds and power is sent to all four wheels by way of Audi’s famed Quattro four-wheel drive system. Maximum speed is an electronically limited 250km/h, but if you ask Audi nicely, they’ll increase it to 280km/h. Progress is aided by Audi’s S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Audi RS 3 pilots can adjust the car’s transmission, engine, steering, exhaust flaps and optional RS sports suspension with adaptive dampers via Audi Drive Select which offers three settings: comfort, auto and dynamic.

Handling is perfected with the specially tuned electronically stability program. The front track is 20mm wider than cooking A3 models and the RS3 rides on 19 inch wheels. Front carbon ceramic brakes are available as an option.

A model makeover wouldn’t be complete with cosmetic changes. And the 2017 Audi RS3 Sportback has those too. There’s a Singleframe grille, large air inlets and a new blade in the front bumper is meant to make the car look wider. LED headlights are standard, and LED matrix headlights are available as an option.

Around the back, there’s a roof spoiler, a diffuser with those shouty exhaust pipes sticking. Obviously, there’s also the obligatory RS3 badging.

Inside, there’s upgraded sports seats wrapped in Nappa leather, a turbo boost gauge, an oil temperature gauge and a lap timer, handy for those track days. There’s also splashes of alcantara throughout the cabin and a chunky flat-bottomed steering wheel.

A bespoke RS screen displays info such as a centrally mounted tacho, g forces and tyre pressure. Should you decide to swap cogs yourself, the system will also tell you when to change up or down. Just in case you’re not sure.

Adaptive cruise control is standard and has a queue assist function, which helps to keep the car a safe distance from the car in front and can momentarily control the steering.

Audi’s MMI system provides for ample in car entertainment options with Wi-Fi, Google Maps, Apple Car Play and your favourite tunes are pumped through a 705watt Bang & Olufsen stereo.

The Audi RS3 Sportback will be unveiled at the Geneva motor show and will go on sale in Australia during the third quarter of 2017, prices are yet to be announced.

The founding father of The Motoring Guru, Matt has been a lifelong car enthusiast and a passionate writer. Back in 2013 when The Motoring Guru was first launched, Matt wanted to combine his two passions whilst offering readers sound motoring advice.